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Posted on June 24, 2021
GST Billing & Invoicing undergo an overhaul – Team Kanakkupillai brings its readers up to date!
The fact that Direct Taxes collection by the Indian government for 2018-19 has fallen short of it’s original target of Rs. 12 Lakh Crore is old news and Kanakkupillai team has already shared this update earlier with it’s readers.
Realizing this shortfall’s implication on fiscal budget, central government is exploring the possibility to implement another robust measure to contain this tax evasion especially in B2C segment, in addition to steps taken earlier.
Team Kanakkupillai is proud to share with its readers that we successfully help businesses to apply, file and register GST certificates; file GST returns etc.
NOW!!! Meanwhile, let’s understand the earlier initiatives launched by the government–
A) The first measure taken by the government was on 1 st April 2018, when the electronic bill or e-way bill was rolled out for moving goods worth over INR 50,000 from one state to another. Second phase of this measure saw e-way bill getting implemented for moving goods within the same state as well. Many a malpractices in e-way bill generation forced the government to amend this system by introducing auto-collection of distance between source and destination, based on the PIN codes. Keeping in mind margins of distance travelled, the government allowed the users an additon of maximum 10 percent of distance than the auto distance displayed in the bill.
For e.g. if the total distance between Points X and Y based on PIN codes is 500 Kms, then the user is allowed to enter the actual distance covered as 550 Kms (500 Kms + 50 Kms).
Also, the government restricted generation of multiple e-way bills based on one invoice.This means if the e-way bill is generated once with a particular invoice number, then none of the parties — consignor, consignee or transporter — can generate another e-way bill with the same invoice number.
B) The second measure taken by the government was implementation of Reverse Charge Mechanism. RCM means that the the receiver of goods & services from an unregistered supplier; becomes liable to pay the tax, i.e., the chargeability gets reversed. Normally, it is the supplierof goods & services who pays the tax supply. The government launched RCM effective 1 st October
C) As a third measure, government made TDS and TCS provisions under GST as applicable from 1st October 2018. The max rate of TDS was made 2% under GST and rate of TCS was notified as 1% of net taxable supplies for inter-state supplies.
D) The fourth robust measure ‘under consideration’ by the government now is introduction of electronic invoicing under GST. This would translate into businesses issuing invoices or bills directly via the GST network. This data will be available to the authorities instantaneously.
Slotted to be a good mechanism to clamp tax evasion, this will also benefit businesses by reducing compliance burden on them. Since the invoices will be issued via GSTN, there will be no separate need to update information. Towards the same cause, the GST council has set – up a committee to study the feasibility of e-invoicing within the GST framework. The committee includes GSTN Chief Executive Prakash Kumar, GST officials from state and central governments as members, and GST Council special secretary Rajeev Ranjan as the convenor.
Our expert team of specialists can help you in below mentioned business scenarios-
- If you run a business in India, you will have to register for GST;
- If your turnover is over 20 Lakhs per annum you need to start Filing GST Returns & In case of Special Category States at Rs 10 lakhs.
- If you already have an Indirect tax registration, you will have to convert that into a GST Registration.
The Kanakkupillai team will be more than happy to receive your thoughts on the above read. Or simply help you with a related situation that you may deem fit to share with us. Leave a reply below or write into us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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