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GST – Composition Scheme Threshold Limit Increase

Annual turnover eligibility for composition scheme will be increased to Rs 2 crore from the present limit of Rupees 1 crore under the law. Thereafter, eligibility for composition will be increased to Rs. 1.5 Crore per annum.

 

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Changes recommended in Composition Scheme

The following changes were recommended in the Composition Scheme on the basis of discussions held in the 23rd meeting of the GST Council held at Guwahati today.

 

  1. Uniform rate of tax @ 1% under composition scheme for manufacturers andtraders (for traders, turnover will be counted only for supply of taxable goods). No change for composition scheme for restaurant.

 

  1. Supply of services by Composition taxpayer upto Rs 5 lakh per annum will be allowed by exempting the same

 

iii. Annual turnover eligibility for composition scheme will be increased to Rs 2 crore from the present limit of Rupees 1 crore under the law. Thereafter, eligibility for composition will be increased to Rs. 1.5 Crore per annum.

 

  1. The changes recommended by GST Council at (ii) and (iii) above will be implemented only after the necessary amendment of the CGST Act and SGST Acts.

 

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GST Council raises Composition Scheme threshold to Rs 2 crore

The GST Council today decided to raise Composition Scheme threshold to Rs 2 crore. The Council, which held its 23rd meeting in Guwahati, decided that there will be no inter-state taxes and input tax credit for composition dealers. Only 50 items, mostly demerit, sin and luxury goods will be in  the top 28 per cent tax bracket. Meanwhile, West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra said aggregate revenue loss for Centre due to GST stood at Rs 60,000 crore and revenue loss for states is at Rs 30,000 crore.

The GST Council at its 23rd meeting in Guwahati has slashed tax rates on 177 items in the top 28 per cent slab. (Photo: ANI)

“Lower 18 per cent GST will be levied on chewing gums, chocolates, after shave, deodorant, washing power, detergent, marble,” Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said. The all-powerful council pruned the list of items attracting the top 28 per cent tax rate to just 50 from 227 previously, Modi told reporters here. In effect, the council cut rates on 177 goods.

“There were 227 items in the 28 per cent slab. The fitment committee had recommended that it should be pruned to 62 items. But the GST Council has further pruned 12 more items,” Modi said. He said all types of chewing gum, chocolates, preparation for facial make-up, shaving and after-shave items, shampoo, deodorants, washing powder detergent and granite and marble will attract lower 18 per cent tax rate.

“There was unanimity that in 28 per cent category there should be only sin and demerit goods. So, today the GST Council took a historic decision, that in the 28 per cent slab there will be only 50 items and the remaining items have been brought down to 18 per cent,” he said.

Paints and cement have been retained in the 28 per cent tax bracket. “Luxury goods like washing machines and air conditioners have been retained at 28 per cent,” Modi said. The decision taken by the GST Council will have a revenue implication of Rs 20,000 crore annually. “There is consensus that slowly 28 per cent slab should be brought to 18 per cent. But it will take some time because it has a big revenue implication,” he said.

The decision was taken in 23rd GST meet, which is currently underway, in Guwahati, Assam. The tax cut was expected as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier this week had hinted at bringing down the number of products in 28 per cent GST slab. While speaking at India Today Conclave, the Finance Minister said that some of the items should never have been in the 28 per cent slab. “We have been gradually bringing them down. The whole idea is, as your revenue collections neutralise we must prune it and that is the pattern in which the Council has so far been functioning. I see that as a future guide as far as the Council is concerned,” Jaitley had said.

 The GST Council in the last 3-4 meetings has slashed rates on over 100 items. According to the reports, the Council may reduce taxes on certain common use items such as handmade furniture, plastic products and daily use items like shampoo. There have been demands for lowering tax on wooden furniture as it is mostly handmade by unorganised sector artisans, with the middle class as the primary consumers. Other items in the same tax basket include shower baths, sinks, wash basins, bidets, lavatory pans, seats and covers, flushing cisterns and similar sanitary ware of plastics.Earlier in October, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia had advocated for a complete overhaul of the tax rates under the GST regime. In an interview to PTI, Revenue Secretary said: “There is a complete overhauling that is required. It is possible that some items in the same chapter are divided. There is a need for harmonisation of items chapter wise and wherever we find there is a big burden on small and medium businesses and on common man, if we bring them down, there will be a better compliance.”

Ever since the new tax regime came into being, the Council has reworked various provisions to make it more industry friendly. The turnover threshold for composition scheme, under which businesses can pay taxes at a nominal rate, has been hiked to Rs 1 crore, from Rs 75 lakh earlier. Items likely to see slash in tax rates are those used in every households, including sanitary ware, suitcase, wall paper, plywood, stationery articles, watch, play instruments, among others, said Modi, who heads a five-member GoM to monitor technology-related implementation issues of the GST. The objective behind lowering taxes is to give more relief to the small businessmen and consumers.Govt to deploy skill trainers to help traders file returns

Meanwhile, the government has decided to deploy thousands of skill trainers who will help small businesses as well as individuals in fling returns as per the Central government’s new guidelines. The Central Board of Excise and Custom’s (CBEC) over 4,500 GST seva kendras will also help these people.

The step has been taken to help small traders after the government faced criticism for the multi-stage system that needs to be followed to file returns.

Instead of monthly returns, the Centre and the states could soon make it must to file returns quarterly. Under the government’s composition scheme – apart from exemption from the filing of details such as invoices, and rebate on card or an electronic wallet payments – those with annual turnover of Rs 1.5 crore would have to just pay 1% tax flat.

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Businesses under Composition Scheme to soon start filing GST Return

Businesses which opted for composition scheme in the July-September quarter will get to
file their maiden GST returns soon.

Around 15 lakh businesses opted for composition scheme, which allows them to pay taxes at a concessional rate and makes compliance easy, till September under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that rolled out from July 1.

“We are ready with GSTR-4 which will be used by composition scheme businesses for
filing returns. The utility will be available on GSTN portal soon,” GST Network CEO
Prakash Kumar told PTI.

As per the GST laws, for July-September quarter businesses, with turnover of up to Rs 75
lakh, opting for composition scheme can file quarterly returns and pay taxes.

The scheme is optional under which manufacturers other than those of ice cream, pan
masala and tobacco products have to pay a 2 per cent tax on their annual turnover.
The tax rate is 5 per cent for restaurant services and 1 per cent for traders.

There are over 1 crore registered businesses under the GST, which has amalgamated over a dozen taxes to make India a single market for seamless flow of goods and services.

The GST Council had earlier this month raised the turnover threshold from Rs 75 lakh to Rs 1 crore for businesses to opt for the scheme.

Hence, those with turnover of up to Rs 1 crore can take advantage of composition scheme beginning October 1.

Also, a group of state finance ministers have been set up to make the scheme more attractive.

The objective behind the composition scheme is to bring simplicity and reduce the compliance cost for small taxpayers.

As per the Central GST Act, businesses are eligible to opt for the composition scheme if a person is not engaged in any inter-state outward supplies of goods and not into making any supply of goods through an electronic commerce operator who is required to coll ..

While a regular taxpayer has to pay taxes on a monthly basis, a composition supplier is required to file only one return and pay taxes on a quarterly basis.

Also, a composition taxpayer is not required to keep detailed records that a normal taxpayer is supposed to maintain.

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SMEs will benefit from composition scheme, says CBEC chief

Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) Chairperson Vanaja Sarna has said that small and medium enterprises engaged in trade, manufacturing and restaurants business will benefit under the new limit of the Composition Scheme for the GST.

“Everybody will get the benefit, those who are already listed in the services or the traders or manufacturers among services… without any change in the rate that is already listed in the section,” Sarna told.

On Sunday, the GST Council decided to allow traders, manufacturers and restaurants with turnover of up to Rs 75 lakh to avail the composition scheme. The bar was earlier set at Rs 50 lakh.

Under the scheme, traders with turnover of up to Rs 75 lakh will be required to pay one per cent tax, while manufacturers will have to pay two per cent and companies engaged in restaurant business five per cent.

“Initially it was up to Rs 50 lakh. The Section 10 of the Act provides it to be increased up to Rs 1 crore. There was a discussion about the difficulties of the small and medium sector and because the central excise assessees were actually exempt below Rs one and a half crore, so it was felt it could be a hardship to them,” Sarna elaborated.

“So the council deliberated a lot on this and finally came to a conclusion that it would be appropriate to make it Rs 75 lakh instead of Rs 50 lakh and that may cover the concern of the small and medium sector.”

However, the business which avail the scheme will not be eligible for input tax credit.

Source: India.com

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