CNBC-TV18: GST Council to take up issues like compensation cess, ease in compliance etc, on Oct 05, 2020

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As per the recent tweet of CNBC-TV18, the Government Sources says the GST Council to take up issues like compensation cess, ease in compliance & fitment committee’s take on rates for ayurvedic & alcohol-based sanitisers. The council will meet on October 05, 2020 via video conferencing.

Sources on GST cess compensation issue

  • Council to discuss ongoing compensation issue
  • Likely to revisit two options given by Centre to meet compensation shortfall
  • Centre to present calculation of compensation cess collected and released so far
  • According to Centre, only Rs 15,000cr is balance of cess collected & not released so far
  • Average revenue gap between April-August of states has risen to 56% in 2020 vs 21% in 2019
  • GST Council to consider proposal to extend cess period beyond 5 years, likely to consider extending cess by 2 more yrs to meet shortfall
  • Council likely to constitute a committee of officers to work out anticipated shortfall and other issues

Sources on GST rates

  • GST Council-nominated fitment committee proposes no distinction should be made in ayurvedic & alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • Fitment committee examined in detail proposal to reduce rates for Ayurveda/Unani/Siddha ingredients based hand sanitizer from 18 to 12%
  • Fitment Committee leaves it for Council to consider whether to re-classify ayurvedic hand sanitiser under ayurvedic products category & not in disinfectant category
  • Ayurvedic products attract 12% GST, disinfectants attract 18% GST

Sources on GST Compliance

  • GST Council likely to allow UPI & IMPS Option to make payment. Currently payments can be made by only GST-authorised banks
  • GST Council to extend GSTR-1 & 3B system till March 21
  • Council to change due date of filing of GSTR-1 by quarterly taxpayers till 13th of month next to the quarter
  • Council to consider limiting period for taking cognisance of prosecution under GST Act
  • Council likely to limit the period in case of fine to a max of six-month imprisonment, in case of imprisonment between 1-3 years to 3 years