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Reverse charge mechanism

Reverse charge mechanism

Typically, taxes are collected by business owners on behalf of the customers, which is then paid to the government. Reverse charge is when the buyer pays the tax directly to the government. The responsibility of reverse charge can either rest completely on the buyer or in certain special cases, it can be partially / jointly borne both by the buyer and the seller.

Under Goods and Services Tax (GST) laws, a supplier of goods or services collects GST from the receivers and deposits it with the tax authorities. Reverse charge is a mechanism where the recipient of the goods or … Read more

New GST return system – Transition plan

New GST return system – Transition plan

The GST Council in its 31st meeting decided that a new GST return system will be initiated to facilitate taxpayers. Government introduced a transition plan for all the taxpayers under the goods and services tax switching to new simpler return Forms.  In order to ease the transition to the new return system, a transition plan has been worked out. This mechanism allows taxpayers to try the new return filing Forms during July-September and it will become mandatory only from October. The new return mechanism will have 3 Forms – one main return Form (Form GST RET-1) and two annexures (Form … Read more

Common mistakes while filing GSTR-9

Common mistakes while filing GSTR-9

One of the forms taxpayers need to keep track of is annual returns (GSTR-9) under Goods and Services Tax (GST) system. This form is required to be filed once every year by registered taxpayers such as businesses. The due date for filing GSTR-9 for FY 2019 is set as June 30, 2019. While the Government is going to be extra vigilant to flag defaulting filers, taxpayers need to be cautious to avoid making any errors, as there is no way to amend the GSTR-9 return once filed. Below are some of the common mistakes that taxpayers can avoid while filing … Read more

Pruning taxes for products in highest GST slab

Pruning taxes for products in highest GST slab

India could review the goods and services tax (GST) structure to further prune the number of items in the highest slab of 28% as it attempts to stave off a slump in demand. Some states have favored a reduction in tax rates, worried that the slowdown may get entrenched, and have communicated their concern to the Centre. The first GST council meeting to be chaired by Nirmala Sitharaman may meet on June 20, 2019 ahead of the budget presentation on July 5, 2019. Below mentioned are some specific points which will be focused in the meeting:


  1. Automobiles are placed
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GST e-invoicing module- Curbing tax evasion

GST e-invoicing module- Curbing tax evasion

E-invoicing is a common B2B practice involving exchange of an invoice between a supplier and a buyer in an integrated electronic format. Businesses may have a number of reasons to use e-invoicing. Commercial considerations are likely to drive a company’s decision to adopt e-invoicing, as the administrative costs and processing times for issuing and processing electronic documents are typically far lower than those for traditional paper documents. The savings come not only from reducing printing and postage costs, but also from adopting integrated processes for all invoice-related tasks. Since the introduction of GST (Goods and Service Tax) in the Indian … Read more

Recent amendments in real estate taxes

Recent amendments in real estate taxes

Starting a real estate business isn’t for the faint of heart now. GST (Goods and service tax) announcements favors the developer community by making it flexible choosing between old GST rates with Input tax credit (ITC) or the new reduced GST rates of 5 % without ITC. The new tax structures for real estates solved the transition issues on ITC for the ongoing projects and provided a relief for developers. The 33rd GST council meeting recommended a much needed breather to real estate sector which is beneficial for builders / developers as well as the customers. These changes will … Read more

Insight to new rules of Input Tax credit

Insight to new rules of Input Tax credit

India could face a tax landmine with authorities beginning to question input tax credit claimed by companies in lieu of Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid by their vendors. The authorities have already started sending notices to businesses, confirming fears that scrutiny will increase in the new financial year as the government looks to plug leakages. While paying tax on any output, you can diminish the tax you have already paid on inputs and pay the balance amount referring to input tax credit (ITC). Everyone has to pay taxes on the purchase of a product / service from a registered … Read more

Enhancements in e-way bill system

Enhancements in e-way bill system

E-way bill refers to an electronic way bill for movement of goods to be generated on the e-way bill portal. While an e-way bill is generated, a unique e-way bill number is allocated and is available to the supplier, recipient, and the transporter.  An e-way bill will be issued when there is a movement of goods in a vehicle of value for more than INR 50,000. However, in certain states the limit has been extended as decided by the state government:

  • In relation to a ‘supply’
  • For reasons other than ‘supply’
  • Due to inward ‘supply’ from an unregistered person.

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GST composition scheme

Composition scheme- A way to simplify ‘self-assessed’ GST return

Composition scheme is an alternative, simple & hassle free compliance scheme for small taxpayers with minimal procedures. Under this scheme, a taxpayer would be required to pay tax on the turnover based on prescribed percentage as the tax rate is comparatively low than those prescribed for normal taxpayers. The threshold limit of composition scheme extended from INR 1 crore to INR 1.5 crore which  shall also include 10% provision of normal taxpayer annual turnover within the composition scheme if in case the given 10% is provided as the service. The illuminating feature of this scheme is that the business or … Read more

Forthcoming changes in Goods and Services tax (GST) portal

Forthcoming changes in Goods and Services tax (GST) portal

Within last six months, the GST portal keeps rolling out new updates to help taxpayers file their returns more smoothly and effectively. Taxpayers need to be up-to-dated in order to avoid missing out on vital compliances, which in turn would prevent notices being issued to them. Below is the gist of updates rolled out for the taxpayers:

Contrasting liability declared and input tax credit claimed
A new functionality is released by the portal which will help tax filers comparing their GSTR-3B tax liabilities with the GSTR-1s that have been filed before. Along with this, users can also make comparison of … Read more

Delineating assessments under GST2

Delineating assessments under GST

Goods and services Tax (GST) is a broad based, comprehensive tax to be levied on goods and services aiming at a simple and transparent tax structure to positively incentivize trade and industry. Under GST, the term “assessment” means determination of tax liability under this Act i.e. to figure out how much tax is to be paid actually, a GST assessment is organized. Various forms of assessments under GST include:

  1. Self-assessment
  2. Provisional assessment
  3. Scrutiny assessment
  4. Best judgement assessment
  5. Assessment of unregistered persons
  6. Summary assessment

Self-assessment (Sec 59)
A taxable person undergoes his self-assessment where all GST filings are based on his … Read more

Tweaking the Goods and services tax

Tweaking the Goods and services tax – An ease or an agony

Goods and services tax (“GST”) is an indirect tax for the entire country levied on the supply of goods and services. GST is India’s single unified tax which reflects an overall shift from taxing goods and services at the point of supply to where they’re consumed. India is also looking to boost tax revenue by moving the existing sales taxes to a new harmonised GST system. GST was touted as biggest taxation reform since independence.

The recent 32nd GST council meet announced new registration criteria for businesses, doubling the sales threshold for GST registration to INR 40 Lakh, allowance … Read more

GST Amendment

Amendments in Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Since its advent, GST has been a subject of discussion in almost all social or political meetings. With the purpose of levying a single tax in entire nation, GST was introduced. In this fast pacing and dynamic world alterations in the already established rules of GST were equally important for uniform tax compliance throughout the country.

For complimenting GST era, GST Amendment Act, 2018 was introduced by Government of India in August, 2018. Amendments instituted via this Amendment Act were notified to be effective on and after February, 2019. In addition to this, on the recommendations of GST Council in … Read more


Understanding GST concepts

Since the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST), early-day jitters have given way to general acceptance that this may not be the most perfect single tax system, but with each passing day the alterations and modifications introduced in GST regime has made it feasible to be accepted with open arms by the people. However, understanding the diversified provisions inculcated in this Act can be challenging for some. Two such provisions are explained in detail as follows:

Place of Supply (PoS)
A comprehensive, destination based tax, GST was introduced as an indirect tax on the supply of goods or services … Read more

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Brace yourself for GST Audit

Goods and Services Tax (GST) has proved to have its own pros and cons. Since its introduction it has left ambiguity in the minds of people as to how one should file the returns, what transactions need to be recorded, what all comes under the purview of GST, how much GST rate needs to be charged on what products and who all are required to get their financials audited, etc.

To obliterate uncertainty regarding GST audit, the following procedure should be followed:

  • Filing of annual return: The annual return is an aggregation operation whereas the audit is reconciliation between
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gst audit in india

GST Audit- eradicating perplexity

What is GST Audit?
Audit means the critical examination of returns, records and other documents maintained and furnished by the registered person under CGST Act or the rules made thereunder or under any other law for the time being in force. It is also executed to verify the authenticity of turnover declared, refund claimed, taxes paid, and input tax credit availed, and to affirm compliance with the provisions of this Act or the rules made thereunder.

What are the rules of compliance for GST Audit?
GST audit is requisite for registered taxpayers with an aggregate annual turnover exceeding INR 2 … Read more


Place of Effective Management: Concept and Impact

To determine the residential status of foreign companies, the Finance Act 2015 introduced the concept of place of effective management (POEM). By definition in Indian Tax Laws “Place of effective management” means a place where key management and commercial decisions that are necessary for the conduct of the business of an entity as a whole are, in substance, made.

The Finance Act, 2016 has changed the effectivity of the said amendment to section 6(3) of the Act. These amended provisions came into effect from 1st April 2017 and are now applicable for Assessment Year 2017-18 and subsequent assessment years.… Read more

Audit under GST

GST Audits- An overview

Section- 2(13) of the CGST Act defines Audit as the examination of records, returns and other documents maintained or furnished by the registered person under the Act / rules made there under or under any other law for the time being in force to verify the correctness of turnover declared, taxes paid, refund claimed and input tax credit availed, and to assess his compliance with the provisions of the GST Act or the rules made thereunder.

*No audit is required for businesses with turnover less than INR 2 crore.

Types of GST Audit
There are 3 types of GST audits:… Read more

GST adviser in India

Highlights of 29th GST council meeting

The 29th GST Council meeting chaired by Union finance minister Piyush Goyal was held at New Delhi on the 4th August, 2018. The meeting was aimed to address the issues of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Key decisions taken by council in the meeting

Incentivizing digital transactions
Federal indirect tax body the GST Council, keeping in mind the end goal of digitalization of the economy, enhancing tax compliance and elevating the collection of tax has decided to incentivize digital payments of tax. The council came up with plan to roll out a pilot project for refunding … Read more

GST Returns

Key outcomes of the 28th GST Council meet held on 21st July 2018

GST return filing process

  • Small taxpayers with less than INR 5 crores of turnover can opt to file GST return quarterly against earlier limit of INR 1.5 crores. Quarterly return filing will be similar to the monthly return. However, tax payment would still be monthly, through a challan. Only small taxpayers making B2C supply or making B2B and B2C supply can enroll for quarterly GST return filing. Small taxpayers involved in only B2B supply cannot file quarterly returns under this scheme.
  • Two simplified returns have been designed- “Sugam” and “Sahaj”, where in the first one, report only B2C supplies and
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