Accounting and Billing Software Providers can enrol with GSTN to receive regular updates on e-invoice 18/02/2020

An e-invoice standard has been finalized after consultation with trade/industry bodies as well as ICAI. Adoption of this new standard ensures complete inter-operability of e-invoices across the entire GST eco-system. The new system eliminates the need for fresh data entry, reduction of reconciliation errors and population of invoice details directly into Return through Invoice Reporting Portal (IRP). For more details on ‘e-invoice’, CLICK HERE

Being key players in Indian business eco-system, the role and support of Accounting and Billing Software Providers is crucial for successful implementation of GST e-invoice System.

In the coming months when e-invoice implementation takes place, GSTN intends to interact closely with Accounting and Billing Software Providers. This is to get suggestions and feedback as well as to keep them abreast of developments on new e-invoice framework.

Accounting and Billing Software Providers can ENROLL HERE , by providing contact and other details.

Advisory on Opting-in Composition Scheme for 2020-21 by filing FORM GST CMP-02 18/02/2020

A. How to opt-in Composition Scheme:

  1. The application for opting-in composition scheme for the financial year, 2020-21 has been made available on GST Portal.
  2. The taxpayers who are already in composition scheme in previous financial year are not required to opt in for composition again for FY 2020-2021.
  3. The eligible registered taxpayers, who want to opt-in for composition scheme for the Financial Year 2020-2021, may file FORM GST CMP-02 application up to 31st March, 2020 on common portal.
  4. The taxpayers should navigate as follows:
    • Log-in>Services > Registration > Application to opt for Composition Levy>filing form GST CMP-02>file application under DSC/EVC.
  5. Once CMP-02 application is filed, the composition scheme shall be available to the taxpayer w.e.f. 1st April 2020.
  6. The taxpayers who were a regular taxpayers in previous financial year but are opting-in composition scheme for 2020-21 should file ITC-03 for reversal of ITC credit on stocks of Inputs, semi-finished goods and finished goods available with him within a period as prescribed under Rule, 3(3A) of CGST Rules, 2017.
  7. For more information taxpayers may consult user-manual available at GST Portal. Following links may also be used for opening user manual: https://tutorial.gst.gov.in/userguide/compositionpoc/index.htm

B. Return /Payment

All taxpayers opting in for composition shall file FORM GST CMP-08 quarterly and pay GST and shall file GSTR-4 annually.

C. Who are eligible taxpayers for opting-in for Composition Scheme:-

Following taxpayers may opt for this scheme:

    • The normal taxpayers having aggregate turnover (at PAN level) below Rs. 1.5 Crore in the previous financial year, who doesn’t want to avail ITC facility,
    • The normal taxpayers having aggregate turnover (at PAN level) below Rs. 75 lakh in the previous financial year who are situated in following states:
      1. Arunachal Pradesh,
      2. Manipur,
      3. Meghalaya,
      4. Mizoram,
      5. Nagaland,
      6. Sikkim,
      7. Tripura and
      8. Uttarakhand:
    • The normal taxpayers supplying services having aggregate turnover of last financial year below Rs. 50 lakhs,

D. Taxpayers, who are not eligible for opting in composition scheme:

    1. Suppliers of the goods/services who are not liable to be taxed under GST,
    2. Inter-State outward suppliers of goods/services,
    3. The taxpayers supplying through e-commerce operators, who are required to collect tax under section 52,
    4. The manufacturers of notified goods like (i) Ice cream and other edible ice, whether or not containing cocoa, (ii) All goods, i.e. Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (iii) Pan Masala, and (iv) Aerated water.
    5. A Casual taxpayer,
    6. A Non-Resident Foreign Taxpayer,
    7. A person registered as Input Service Distributor (ISD),
    8. A person registered as TDS Deductor /Tax Collector,

New GSTIN reallocated to taxpayers of Union Territory of Ladakh 01/01/2020

New GSTINs are reallocated to active existing taxpayers registered under J & K State earlier with State code(01), having Principal Place of Business in jurisdiction of Union territory of Ladakh (with UT code “38”).Taxpayers are requested to use new GSTINs while generating the invoices and receiving of supplies etc. w.e.f. 1st Jan 2020.

Annual Returns for FY 2017-18 27/12/2019

Updated version of the Offline tool of GSTR-9C (Version 1.5) was made available on the portal on 24-12-2019. A minor issue has come to notice in auditor`s certificate issued in Part-B(ii) . The issue will be fixed shortly. In the meantime, where Part-B(ii) of the certificate is not applicable i.e. auditor preparing GSTR-9C has also conducted audit of the business and same number is applicable, they may continue with statement preparation and filing.

Blocking and Unblocking of EWB generation facility at E-way Bill Portal 03/12/2019

1. Blocking of EWB generation facility: Blocking/unblocking of EWB generation facility has been implemented on EWB Portal from 2nd December, 2019.
a. Meaning of blocking: The blocking of E Way Bill generation facility means disabling taxpayer from generating E Way Bill (EWB), in case of non-filing of 2 or more consecutive GSTR 3B Return on GST Portal.
b. Example: Taxpayers who have not filed their GSTR-3B return for the months of September 2019 and October 2019, their EWB generation facility is blocked from 2nd December, 2019.
For GSTINs whose EWB generation facility is blocked, EWB can’t be generated either by the taxpayer or by their counterparty (whether as supplier or recipient) or the transporter.

2. Effect on already generated EWB: In case of blocked GSTINs, EWBs already generated and facilities in respect of these EWBs such as updating the vehicle or transporter details or extending the validity of EWB will not be impacted.

3. Unblocking of EWB generation facility: The EWB generation facility would be automatically unblocked in the event of filing of their GSTR 3B return for the default period(s), reducing the default period to less than 2 consecutive tax periods. The blocking will be automatically lifted on the EWB system next day.

a. Immediate updation of Status at EWB Portal: For immediate updation of the status the taxpayer can go to the EWB portal and select the option “Search Update Block Status”, enter their GSTIN and use Update Option to get themselves unblocked on GST portal, provided GSTR-3B return has already been filed for the default period(s).

4. Unblocking by Tax Official: EWB generation facility can also be restored by the jurisdictional tax official on basis of manual representation by a taxpayer. The tax officials will issue a speaking order on GST Portal, for accepting or rejecting such requests of the taxpayers. In case he accepts the request, the facility will get restored.

5. Effect on Transporter registered on EWB Portal: Transporters enrolled in EWB Portal, but not registered on GST portal will not be impacted. However, the transporters registered on GST Portal, if blocked on non-filing of two or more GSTR 3B returns, cannot use their GSTIN as Consignor, Consignee or transporter to generate EWB and update transporter details.

6. Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ can be accessed via link https://tutorial.gst.gov.in/userguide/returns/index.htm#t=FAQs_unblockingewaybill.htm

Annual Returns for FY 2017-18 28/11/2019

Government has made some changes in the forms of Annual Return (GSTR-9) and the Reconciliation Statement (GSTR-9C) vide Notification No. 56/2019 dated 14.11.2019.

These changes do not impact the current tools required for preparation and filing of GSTR-9 and GSTR-9A for the financial year 2017-18. For GSTR-9C, some changes are required in the offline tool and online which is under development and is likely to made available by 21st December, 2019.