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GST Council Meet: E-Way Bill Roll-Out From April 1, Return Filing Process Extended Till June

In its 26th meeting, Arun Jaitley-chaired GST Council decided that electronic way or e-way bill between states will be implemented from April 1.

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GST Council Meet: E-Way Bill Roll-Out From April 1, Return Filing Process Extended Till June

26th GST Council meet chaired by Arun Jaitley took place on Saturday


Highlights

  1. 26th GST Council gave extension to the filing of GSTR-3B of 3 months
  2. GST Council could not decide on a simplified GST return form
  3. A ministerial panel given task of framing one-page GST return form

In its 26th meeting on Saturday, Arun Jaitley-chaired GST Council (Goods & Services Tax) extended the existing system of filing returns (GSTR-3B and GSTR 1) by another three months till June. Besides this, group of ministers (GOM) on the IT will look into the tax filing process and consult tax experts before taking a call, among other decisions, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday, after the GST Council meet, said the electronic way or e-way bill for movement of goods between states will be implemented from April 1.

However, for intra-state movement, the e-way bill would be rolled out in a phased manner starting April 15, and will cover all the states by June 1.

The Goods and Services (GST) Council was expected to simplify the return filing process on Saturday, however, the Council could not decide on a simplified GST return form and entrusted the ministerial panel under Sushil Modi to chalk out a single page form which is simpler and evasion proof. Besides, tax exemptions to exporters have also been extended by six months to September.

26th GST Council Meet: Following Major Decisions Were Taken

Return filing deferred: The present system of filing GSTR 3B and GSTR 1 is extended for three months till June 2018 till he new return system is finalized. A new model was discussed extensively and group of ministers on IT has been tasked to finalise the same.

Tax exemptions for exporters extended: Available tax exemptions on imported goods have been extended for a further six months beyond March 31. Now, exporters availing various export promotion schemes can continue to avail such exemptions on their imports upto October 1. By that time, e-wallet scheme is expected to be in place to continue the benefits in future.

E-Way Bill From April 1: The electronic way or e-way bill for movement of goods between states will be implemented from April 1. However, for intra-state movement, the e-way bill would be rolled out in a phased manner starting April 15, and will cover all the states by June 1.

Reverse charge mechanism deferred: The liability to pay tax on reverse charge has been deferred till June 30. Meanwhile, a group of ministers will look into the modalities of its implementations to ensure that no inconvenience is caused to the trade and industry.

Deduction of TDS/TCS deferred: The Provision for deduction of tax at source (TDS) under section 51 of the CGST Act and collection of tax at source under section 52 of the CGST Act shall remain suspended till June 30.In the meantime, the modalities of linking state and central governments accounting system with GSTN will be worked out so that seamless credit is available to the registered traders whose tax is deducted or collected at source.

For redressing grievances: GST implementation committee has been tasked with the work of redressing the grievances caused to the taxpayers arising out of IT glitches.

In the 23rd GST council meeting, it was decided that filing of GSTR-2 and GSTR-3 forms would stop and only the filing of GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B would continue.

According to the recommendation made by Nilekani, instead of supplying invoices to be uploaded, a module can be formed where supplying invoice details can be posted, and based on the invoice data fed by the supplier, the system by itself generates the return.

GSTR-3B Return: Due Dates For February And March

Due date of filing GSTR-3B return is 20th of the next month. For instance, the 3B return for the month of March can be filed anytime before April 20, and similarly, the 3B return for the month of February can be filed anytime before March 20.

GSTR-1 Return: Due Dates For February And March

Taxpayers with an annual turnover that amounts to Rs 1.5 crore or less are obligated to file their GSTR-1 returns quarterly. The due date for such taxpayers is 30th of the month following the end of respective quarter. For the March (Jan 1 to March 31) quarter, for instance, the deadline would be 30th of April.

Those with a turnover of Rs 1.5 crore and above are meant to file monthly returns of GSTR-1. The deadline for monthly return is 10th of the month that comes two months after the end of respective month. For instance, the GSTR-1 return for the month of January can be filed by March 10. Likewise, returns for the months of February and March can be filed by April 10 and May 10.

 

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