GST – A REALITY SOON

GST – A REALITY SOON

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The 122ND Constitutional Amen tdment Bill for the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) inhe Indian Constitution has been passed by the Rajya Sabha. The Bill has already passed by the Lower House (Lok Sabha) on 6th May 2015. Further, the Empowered Committee of the State Finance Ministers has released Model GST Law in June 2016. In order to have GST as the indirect Taxation Structure in force following steps needs to be followed:

Steps to convert GST a reality

  • 122nd Constitutional Amendment Bill to be ratified by at least 50% of the State Legislatures under Article 368 of the Constitution.
  • Assent by President of India to the 122nd Constitutional Amendment Bill will require.
  • After Constitutional amendment GST Council (GSTC) to be constituted within 60 daysunder Section 279A of the amended Constitution.
  • GSTC to recommend GST Law and procedure. IGST and CGST bill for Parliament/Centre and Model SGST bill for State Legislature.
  • CGST and IGST Laws to be introduced in Parliament and will require be passed by simple majority.
  • SGST Laws to be passed by concerned state legislatures.
  • Once Approval from Parliament and States, GSTN (GST network a Section 8 Company will launch the IT Platform for implementation of GST).

GST Council Formation Approved – A Step Forward :  Another step has been taken by the government on the right direction for the implementation of biggest tax reform. The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty¬ second Amendment) Bill, 2014, for introduction of Goods and Services tax in the Constitution of the country was accorded assent by the President on 8th September, 2016, and the same has been passed as the Constitution (One Hundred and First Amendment) Act, 2016.

Today, i.e. on 12th September 2016, the union Cabinet has approved the setting up of the GST Council (Section 279A) and its secretariat with the following details:

  • Union Finance minister will be the Chairperson with state finance ministers as members to the GST council
  • Setting up of Secretariat of GST council with its office at New Delhi
  • Appointment of the secretary (Revenue) as the Ex-Officio Secretary to the GST Council.
  • Inclusion of the Chairperson, CBEC as a permanent invitee (non-voting) to all the proceedings of the GST Council
  • Create one post of Additional Secretary to the GST Council in its secretariat (at the level of Additional secretary to the Government of India), and four post of the Commissioner in its secretariat (at the level of Joint secretary to the Government of India)

The Finance Minister has also decided to call the first meeting of the GST Council on 22nd and 23rd September 2016 in New Delhi.

The GST Council shall make recommendations on tax rates, cesses, exemptions, threshold limit, and other provisions.

GST Constitutional Amendment Bill gets Presidential assent:  Honorable The President of India gave assent to the 122nd Constitutional Amendment Bill 2014 on Goods and Services Tax (GST) and now it becomes One Hundred and First Amendment Act, 2016, a major milestone for the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) expected to be implemented by 1st April 2017.

For your information, The Bill was passed unanimously by both the houses of Parliament in august 2016 and ratified by the legislative assemblies of more than 50% of the states. Assam was the first state to ratify the Bill and the other states which have passed the legislation include Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Nagaland, Maharashtra, Haryana, Sikkim, Mizoram, Telangana, Goa, Odisha and Rajasthan.

Going forward, GST Council will be formed within 60 days of the enactment of One Hundred and First Amendment Act, 2016. CGST and IGST laws will be introduced in Parliament and SGST Laws in State Legislative Assemblies for the rollout of GST.

Article on Supply without Consideration under GST : (Permanent transfer/ disposal of business assets and Temporary application of business assets to a private or non- business use)

With the passage of 122nd Constitutional Amendment Bill as One Hundred and First Amendment Act, 2016 in both the houses of Parliament by full majority and the release of Draft GST Model in June 2016 by the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers, it is expected that the GST will be in force very soon.

The Team DYKS has been analyzing the Draft GST Model deeply and initiated a Series of Articles on the issues emerging from the analysis.

Goods and Services Tax whether in the form of CGST, SGST or IGST will be levied on the“supply” of goods or/and services. Supply is defined in the Section 3 of the Draft Model Act which will also include a supply as mentioned in Schedule I even without consideration.

We have come up with an Article to analyse two transactions which are mentioned in the Schedule I i.e.

  • Permanent transfer/ disposal of business assets
  • Temporary application of business assets to a private or non- business use.

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CORPORATE AND PROFESSIONAL UPDATE SEPT 3, 2016

Professional Update For the Day:

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Direct Tax:

IT: TDS u/s 194C – non tds on Vehicle / dumper Hire Charges – No contract either verbal or written is entered into with the owners / drivers in these cases of purely temporary transporting arrangements – No disallowance – ACIT, Cir-1, Asansol Vs. Raja Transport (2016 (8) TMI 1046 – ITAT Kolkata)

CBDT: Income Tax Notices mandatorily to have email IDs & contact details to reduce interaction with the officials.

Sum received from developer due to hardship caused on redevelopment of flat not a revenue receipt Jitendra Kumar Soneja v. Income-tax Officer, Ward 6(3)(3), Mumbai[2016] 72 taxmann.com 318 (Mumbai – Trib.)

Sec. 50(1)(iii) doesn’t contemplate usage of acquired property falling within the block of assets Indogem v. Income-tax Officer- 19 (1) (5), Mumbai [2016] 72 taxmann.com 315 (Mumbai – Trib.).

Secured asset rightly taken by Commissioner as tenant failed to show that tenancy existed prior to mortgage Otoklin Global Business v.State of Maharashtra [2016] 72 taxmann.com 213 (Bombay).

No tax on income from offshore supplies as supplier had no agency PE in India Ion Geophysical Corporation v. Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax, Circle-2, Dehradun [2016]2 taxmann.com 298 (Delhi – Trib.)

 IT: Reopening of assessment – the information was available only in the valuation report. Giving the information in this manner shall be of no help to the appellant as the AO was not expected to go through the said information available in the valuation report for the purpose of ascertaining the actual construction of the plot – M/s Girilal & Company Vs. ITO, Mumbai & Others (2016 (8) TMI 1010 – Supreme Court).

IT: Addition u/s 68 – the loan which has been returned to the respective creditors cannot be taxed in the hands of assessee as its income – DCIT, Cir-6(1), New Delhi Vs. Minda Investment Ltd. and Vica-Versa (2016 (8) TMI 1007 – ITAT Delhi)

SC dismisses Revenue’s appeal against Rajasthan HC ruling in Hissaria Brothers deleting penalty u/s 271D/E for Sec 269SS/T default (accepting/repaying loan in cash). HC had held that penalty order was barred by limitation under clause (c) of Sec. 275(1) which prescribes six months’ time-limit rejecting Revenue’s contention that the case would fall under clause (a) of Sec. 275(1) which provides for extended period of limitation commensurating with completion of appellate proceedings.[TS-471-SC-2016]

IT: Addition u/s 145A – inclusion of service tax as part of trading receipts – ection 145A of the Act would have no application in cases where service is provided by the Assessee – CIT-2, Mumbai Vs Knight Frank (India) Pvt. Ltd. (2016 (8) TMI 1096 – BOMBAY HIGH COURT)

IT: Exemption u/sec. 54F – net consideration computation to be invested or value fixed u/s 50C as stamp valuation – Under provisions of Sec. 54F of the Act net consideration has to be invested in the Residential property but not the deeming value being fiction – Shri. R. Srinivasan (HUF) Vs ITO, Ward-I (1), Trichy (2016 (8) TMI 1092 – ITAT CHENNAI

Indirect Tax:

ST: CENVAT credit CHA services are utilized by the appellant before the goods were loaded on to the ship and therefore the same falls within the definition of input services- Kennametal India Ltd. Vs. CST, Large Taxpayers Unit (2016 (8) TMI 1031 – CESTAT Bangalore)

No penalty will be imposed on non filling of ER-5 and ER-6 returns within the period prescribed – contravention is only a procedural violation and subsequently the required return has been filed.(M/s Dharampal Satyapal Ltd. Versus C.C.E. Delhi-II) – 2016 (8) TMI 1021 – CESTAT NEW DELHI – Central Excise

HC rules in favour of assessee, directs unconditional release of seized imported goods u/s 110(2) of Customs Act absent show cause notice within 6 months from seizure as contemplated u/s 124(a); Rejects Revenue’s ‘strange’ stand that there was no seizure at all and hence, the limitation for notice would not apply, in view of the order passed in application for provisional release u/s 110-A. [TS-336-HC-2016(MAD)-CUST]

FAQ on Company Law:

Query :  One of our client companies is a section 8 company, and its AGM is scheduled to be conducted in September, and company has sent notice of AGM with proxy form. A member of the company has appointed another as proxy to present in AGM on his behalf and such person is not a member of the section 8 company. Whether such person can be appointed as proxy or membership is precondition to be eligible to be proxy ?

Answer : As per SS-2, a member of section 8 company may appoint proxy on his behalf to another person if such person is also a member of the section 8 company, no other person can be appointed as proxy if such person is also not a member.

Therefore, only a member of the section 8 company may be appointed as proxy for another member.

Here, in this case, member of the company cannot appoint such person.

Query:   An Indian registered Private Limited company has transferred their shares, which were rightly held by its two directors equally, to an Australian company and company further wants to issue shares to that Australian company also, means FDI which is covered under automatic route.

Now my question is whether company required to open share application account separately for that transaction or can get share capital in its current account. Is it mandatory to open share application account?

Answer:  After the transfer of shares to that Australian company, that company has become the shareholder of the company.

Now, if company allots further shares to it through Rights issue of shares, then there shall not be any requirement of opening any account separately.

But if company wants to allot shares through Private placement, then as per section 42(6) of the companies act 2013, monies received on application shall be kept in a separate bank account in scheduled bank and which shall not be utilized for any purpose other than –

(i)    For adjustment against allotment of securities; or

(ii)  For the repayment of monies where the company is unable to allot securities.

Key Dates:

Filing of ITR returns by Individuals, HUF (With Audit): 30/09/2016

Filing of ITR returns by all companies (except TP audit): 30/09/2016

E-Payment of Service Tax for August by Companies: 06/09/2016

E-Payment of TDS for August : 07/09/2016

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CORPORATE AND PROFESSIONAL UPDATE JUNE 18, 2016

Professional Update For the Day:

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DIRECT TAX:


Income Tax : The initiation of the proceedings u/s 153C in the absence of recording of the satisfaction by the AO of the person searched was held to be invalid and accordingly the assessment framed u/s 153C of the Act is quashed – Bhawna Bhalla Vs. ACIT, CC-21, New Delhi & DCIT, CC-21, New Delhi Vs. Bhawna Bhall

Income Tax: Disallowance made under sec. 14A has to be added back to book profit to compute MAT Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd. v. Joint Commissioner of Income-tax,Range- 12, 3, Kolkata [2016] 70 taxmann.com 70 (Kolkata – Trib.)

Income Tax: TDS not deductible on web hosting and marketing services procured from US based entity. [DCIT vs. M/s Matrimony.Com Pvt. Ltd. (ITAT Chennai)].

Income Tax: TDS –  15G/15H declarations for the period from 01 OCT 2015 to 31 MAR 2016 to be submitted through e-filing portal by 30 JUN 2016 – Notification No.9/2016.

Income Tax: Interest awarded under Land Acquisition Act forms part of compensation; not liable to sec. 194A TDS Movaliya Bhikhubhai Balabhai v. Income-tax Officer-TDS-1-Surat [2016] 70 taxmann.com 45 (Gujarat)

Income Tax : Mere TP addition doesn’t justify levy of penalty if assessee had applied incorrect TP method in good faith Mitsui Prime Advanced Composites India (P.) Ltd. v. Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax, Circle- 6 (1), New Delhi [2016] 70 taxmann.com  123 (Delhi – Trib.)

Income Tax: Penalty will be levied u/s 271C for assessee’s failure to withhold TDS u/s 194A on interest paid to its sister concerns. Kerala HC opined that the only way assessee could take the benefit of Sec. 273B was by establishing that there was “reasonable cause” justifying its failure to comply with Sec. 194A. Kerala High Court

Income Tax: Penalty U/s 271(1)(c) shall not be imposed if assessing officer at the time of initiation of penalty proceedings has not specified whether penalty is initiated for the inaccurate particulars of income or concealment of income.(DCIT Vs. M/s Grass Field Farms & Resorts P. Ltd.) ITAT Jaipur

Income Tax: TDS not deductible on web hosting & marketing services procured from US based entity via {DCIT vs. M/s Matrimony.Com Pvt. Ltd. (ITAT Chennai) }

Income Tax: ITAT directs TPO to recalculate additions by considering only international transactions instead of total sales Federal Mogul Automotive Products (India) Ltd. v. Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax, Circle-11 (1), New Delhi [2016] 70 taxmann.com 121 (Delhi – Trib.)

Income Tax : Works contract services used for maintenance of office equipment are eligible input services Red Hat India (P.) Ltd. v. Principal Commissioner, Service Tax, Commissionerate, Pune [2016] 70 taxmann.com 132 (Mumbai – CESTAT)

Utility for Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 released by CBDT :  Central Government vide its notification no. 33/2016 dt. 19th May, 2016 has specified The Income Declaration Scheme Rules, 2016. Utility regarding these forms are now available on Income Tax website. Income Tax: Sec. 246A doesn’t allow filing of appeal before CIT(A) against order passed by AO under Sec. 195(2) Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax (International Taxation)-4(2), Mumbai v. Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC [2016] 70 taxmann.com 224 (Mumbai – Trib.)

Income Tax Assessee gets enduring benefit from the rights acquired in films and serials and they do not expire on the date of first telecast as contemplated by the assessee – The rights are intangible assets within the meaning of Explanation (iii) to Section 32 and do not fall within the purview of Section 37(1). The assessee is entitled to claim depreciation on same. (Eenadu Television Private Limited. Vs. ACIT, Hyderabad) ITAT Hyderabad

Income Tax: Where assessee, an Indian company, received dividend from a Brazilian company, since assessee was a resident company of India within meaning of article 23 paragraph 3 of DTAA and, Brazilian company had already paid tax on its profits in excess of rate prescribed in paragraph 2 of article 10 of DTAA before distribution of dividend income, such dividend would be exempt from tax in India – [2016] 70 taxmann.com 22 (Kolkata – Trib.)

Income Tax: Section 147 could not be availed of for purpose of correcting a mistake in assessment order; Assessing Officer could not sit in appeal over decision of his predecessor Assessing Officer, who had examined claim and allowed claim of deduction under section 54EC by taking plea that assessee was eligible for lesser amount – [2016] 70 taxmann.com 72 (Gujarat)

Income Tax : Official Assignee need not go before the CBDT for waiver of interest payable under Income-tax assessments. The Insolvency Court itself can consider the question of waiver of interest in terms of the power conferred under section 7 of the Presidency Town Insolvency Act and in the light of the provisions of the Income-tax Act – [2016] 70 taxmann.com 182 (Madras)

Utility for Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 released by CBDT :  Central Government vide its notification no. 33/2016 dt. 19th May, 2016 has specified The Income Declaration Scheme Rules, 2016. Utility regarding these forms are now available on Income Tax website.

Income Tax: Sec. 246A doesn’t allow filing of appeal before CIT(A) against order passed by AO under Sec. 195(2) Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax (International Taxation)-4(2), Mumbai v. Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC [2016] 70 taxmann.com 224 (Mumbai – Trib.)

Income Tax Assessee gets enduring benefit from the rights acquired in films and serials and they do not expire on the date of first telecast as contemplated by the assessee – The rights are intangible assets within the meaning of Explanation (iii) to Section 32 and do not fall within the purview of Section 37(1). The assessee is entitled to claim depreciation on same. (Eenadu Television Private Limited. Vs. ACIT, Hyderabad) ITAT Hyderabad

Income Tax: AO of searched person has to record satisfaction even if he is also the AO of other person under sec. 153C  Narsi Creations v. Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax, Central Circle-12, New Delhi
[2016] 70 taxmann.com 156 (Delhi – Trib.)

Income Tax: Revenue couldn’t treat taxpayer as BPO if same was categorized as KPO in earlier year on basis of same agreement
SNL Financial (India) (P.) Ltd. v. Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax, Cir.8, Ahmedabad [2016] 70 taxmann.com 146 (Ahmedabad – Trib.)

Income Tax :  Co. outsourcing significant part of its operations can’t be a comparable for a Co. rendering IT enabled services American Express India (P.) Ltd. v. Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax, Circle 1(1), New Delhi [2016] 70 taxmann.com 82 (Delhi – Trib.)  Registration u/s 12AA cannot be denied on town Planning Activities continuing from earlier years [ITO vs. Moradabad Development Authority (ITAT Delhi)].

INDIRECT TAX:


Service tax & custom : CBEC has issued a circular for speedy disbursal of pending refund claims of exporters of service under rule 5 of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 vide Circular No. 195/05/2016- Service Tax dated 15th June ,2016.This scheme is applicable only to service tax registrants who are exporters of services, with respect to refund claims under rule 5 of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004, which have been filed on or before 31-3-2015, and which have not been disposed of as on the date of the issue of the circular dated 10-11-2015

CBEC has issued a single window project for simplification of procedure in SWIFT for clearance of consignment related to drugs & Cosmetics reg. vide Circular No. 28/2016- CUS- dated 14th June, 2016

Excise  : Whether there will be Eligibility of Cenvat credit of services at their retail outlets from where sales are affected. In the given case No sales are affected at the factory gate but duty is paid at the time of clearance. It was held that since the goods are not sold at the factory gate but are sold at the retail outlets, therefore, by virtue of the express provisions of Section 4(3) (c)(iii) of the Central Excise Act, 1944 the place of removal in the case of appellant will be the retail outlet. Hence cenvat credit will be eligible.( M/s Sports And Leisure Apparel Ltd. Versus Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise And Service Tax-Noida)- 2016 (6) TMI 468- CESTAT ALLAHABAD

Vat : Delhi value added tax has launched “Good Dealer Reward Scheme” Vide order instruction No. F.3 (632)/Policy/VAT/2015/PF/363- 69 dated 10.06.2016. The objective of the scheme is to acknowledge the efforts of better performing dealers so as to further encourage them to continue their efforts for better tax compliance and also to set examples for other dealers.

Central Excise: SSI Exemption – use of Brand/Trade mark or others – as long as assignment stands the assessee using the brand name is eligible for the benefit of SSI exemption notification – Tri

Excise  : CBEC has amend the notification No. 214/86 – central excise dated 25.03.1986 vide notification No. 24/2016 dated 14.06.2016 and further it amends the notification No. 67-95- Central Excise – dated 16.03.1995 vide Notification No. 25/2016 dated 14.06.2016.In this notification they have substituted the word “ Free Trade Zone” with “Special Economic Zone”

Central Excise: Levy of excise duty on readymade garments and made articles of textiles bearing a brand name or sold under a brand name and having a retail sale price of Rs. 1000 or more – reg. Circular No. 1031/19/2016-CX Dated 14th of June, 2016 F. No. 332/5/2016-TRU Dated 14th of June, 2016

Service tax : No interest can be demanded on time-barred payment of service tax  commissioner of Central Excise, Bhopal v. Western Coal Fields Ltd.[2016] 70  taxmann.com 133 (New Delhi – CESTAT)

Service tax : CESTAT grants refund of excess service tax paid on ‘brokerage’ towards stock-broker services, pursuant to subsequent downward adjustment thereof through credit notes to clients. It Rejected the Revenue’s stand that principle of unjust enrichment applicable to present case since issuance of credit notes not sufficient to establish that tax burden had not been passed onto recipients of service. CESTAT Mumbai

Custom : Seeks to extend the levy of anti-dumping duty on imports of Pentaerythritol, originating in, or exported from the People’s Republic of China, for a period of one year

Service tax & custom : CBEC has issued a circular for speedy disbursal of pending refund claims of exporters of service under rule 5 of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 vide Circular No. 195/05/2016- Service Tax dated 15th June ,2016.This scheme is applicable only to service tax registrants who are exporters of services, with respect to refund claims under rule 5 of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004, which have been filed on or before 31-3-2015, and which have not been disposed of as on the date of the issue of the circular dated 10-11-2015

CBEC has issued a single window project for simplification of procedure in SWIFT for clearance of consignment related to drugs & Cosmetics reg. vide Circular No. 28/2016- CUS- dated 14th June, 2016

OTHER UPDATES


Changes in form 2, 3, 4 & 11 vide Limited Liability Partnership (Second Amendment) Rules 2016

ICAI: 30 SEP 2016 is the last date for payment of Membership & Certificate of Practice (CoP) Fee for FY 2016-17.

Threshold limit of PF withdrawal for deduction of tax, raised to Rs. 50,000 from Rs. 30.000 with effect from 1st June, 2016 vide Finance Act, 2016.

Net realizable of stock to be taken as value it would fetch on actual sale in future. [ITO vs. M/s. Mahendra Traders (ITAT Kolkata)].

A month after India redrew its tax agreement with Mauritius, the government has constituted a working group to examine the “consequential issues” arising out of the changes. Sebi : The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has issued a consultation paper on financial disclosures to be made by the newly-introduced Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs). Comments have been invited by June 28. It has proposed that annual disclosure to stock exchanges be on a quarterly basis, not half-yearly as suggested earlier.

RBI : The country has a lot of “unmet demands” for bank loans and a lot of gap is still to be filled in the banking space, Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Harun Rashid Khan has said. “We have a lot of unmet demands (for bank loans still a lot of gaps to be filled,” Khan said in reply to a question on the central bank’s plan to issue more licences for setting up new banks.

SEBI : The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has issued a consultation paper on financial disclosures to be made by the newly-introduced Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs). Comments have been invited by June 28. It has proposed that annual disclosure to stock exchanges be on a quarterly basis, not half-yearly as suggested earlier.

KEY DATES


Payment of ESI for the month of May- 16-06-2016

E-Payment of DVAT & CST tax for the month of May -16-06-2016

Payment of ESI for the month of May- 21-06-2016

E-Payment of DVAT & CST tax for the month of May -21-06-2016

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CORPORATE AND PROFESSIONAL UPDATE MAY 5, 2016

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DIRECT TAX:

IT: Waiver of levy of interest u/s 234B – Application made u/s 119(2)(a) before CCIT – Chief Commissioners of Income Tax cannot exercise that power except in accordance with directions which are issued by the CBDT – Arun Sunny Vs. CCIT & DCIT (2016 (5) TMI 74 – Kerala High Court)

IT: Deemed dividend addition u/s.2(22) – trade advance in relation to business transaction cannot be treated as deemed dividend – M/s Penguin Apparels Pvt. Ltd. Vs. ACIT (2016 (5) TMI 71 – ITAT Chennai)

CBDT has extended due date for payment of TDS on Transfer of Immovable Property u/s 194IA from the existing 7 days to 30 days – Notification No.30/2016, dt.29.04.2016

CBDT has issued Income Tax (10th Amendment) Rules, 2016. The Board has made submission of report in relation to the approval of in-house research and development facility in Part A of Form 3CL and quantifying the expenditure incurred on in-house research and development facility by the company during the previous year and eligible for weighted deduction in Part B of Form No.3CL, electronic. It has also introduced a new Form 3CLA to be submitted electronically to the Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research on or before the due date specified in Explanation 2 to sub-section (1) of section 139 of the Act for furnishing the return of income, for each succeeding year. 

INDIRECT TAX:

ST: Test of input being used in or in relation to manufacture is to be applied to consider allowance of CENVAT credit of the service tax paid on the input utilized and having relevance to the output manufactured –M/s ITC Ltd. Vs. CCE, Salem (2016 (5) TMI 89 – CESTAT Chennai)

VAT & ST: A quasi judicial authority should discharge the statutory discretionary powers independently and not under the dictation of superior officers – Kumagai Skanska Hcc Itochu Group Vs. CVAT (2016 (5) TMI 77 – Delhi High Court)

Delhi Com Vat in a meeting informed that the Notification dated 12/4/16 relating to ITEM / ITEM Code being issued by finance deptt. after partial modification from relevant deptt. to come up soon. Further, assured DVAT systems will be ready with the option of accepting Q4 returns on old pattern or new pattern by 8/5/16. Furthermore, vide Notification no. 157 dated: 3/5/16 use of DSC for Q4 made optional for all dealers. TEAM STBA

OTHER UPDATE

IASB,ICAI org. certificate course on concurrent audit at hamirpur from may 7, for regn call: 09418026466, or mail at  info@himachalicai.org

Registration opens for ICAI certificate course on service tax starting @ Delhi from 4 June 16, contact- 120-3045954,  visit www.idtc.icai.org

ICAI invites innovative suggestions for govt. on policy matters. Link: https://goo.gl/2OymKi  Email: neac@icai.in

Dena Bank invites applications by CA firms for empanelment as Concurrent Auditors for the period July 2016-June 2017 to be submitted by 10.05.16.

KEY DATES:

Last date of E-payment of service tax foe April by companies vide Challan No. GAR-7 -06/05/2016

It should be noted that – Last date of filing TDS returns for F.Y 2015-16 shall be 15thMay 2016.

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Levy of Service Tax on Services Provided By Government or Local Authority to Business Entities

Levy of Service Tax on Services Provided By Government or Local Authority to Business Entities

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CIRCULAR NO.192/02/2016-STDATED 13-4-2016 : Any service provided by Government or a local authority to a business entity has been made taxable w.e.f 1st April 2016. Post Budget 2016, representations have been received from several quarters including business and industry associations in respect of various aspects pertaining to the taxation of such services. Accordingly, the following clarifications are issued:—

Sl. No. Issue Clarification
1. Services provided by Government or a local authority to another Government or a local authority. Such services have been exempted vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended byNotification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 54 REFERS].

However, the said exemption does not cover services specified in sub-clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) of clause (a) of section 66D of the Finance Act, 1994.

 

2. Services provided by Government or a local authority to an individual who may be carrying out a profession or business. 1. Services by way of grant of passport, visa, driving license, birth or death certificates have been exemptedvide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 55 REFERS].2. Further, for services provided upto a taxable value of Rs 5000/-, Sl. No. 5 below may please be seen.

 

3. Service Tax on taxes, cesses or duties. Taxes, cesses or duties levied are not consideration for any particular service as such and hence not leviable to Service Tax. These taxes, cesses or duties include excise duty, customs duty, Service Tax, State VAT, CST, income tax, wealth tax, stamp duty, taxes on professions, trades, callings or employment, octroi, entertainment tax, luxury tax and property tax.
4. Service Tax on fines and penalties. 1. It is clarified that fines and penalty chargeable by Government or a local authority imposed for violation of a statute, bye-laws, rules or regulations are not leviable to Service Tax.
2. Fines and liquidated damages payable to Government or a local authority for non-performance of contract entered into with Government or local authority have been exempted vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 57 REFERS].
5. Services provided in lieu of fee charged by Government or a local authority. It is clarified that any activity undertaken by Government or a local authority against a consideration constitutes a service and the amount charged for performing such activities is liable to Service Tax.

It is immaterial whether such activities are undertaken as a statutory or mandatory requirement under the law and irrespective of whether the amount charged for such service is laid down in a statute or not. As long as the payment is made (or fee charged) for getting a service in return (i.e., as a quid pro quo for the service received), it has to be regarded as a consideration for that service and taxable irrespective of by what name such payment is called.

 

It is also clarified that Service Tax is leviable on any payment, in lieu of any permission or license granted by the Government or a local authority.

 

2. However, services provided by the Government or a local authority by way of:
(i) registration required under the law;

 

(ii) testing, calibration, safety check or certification relating to protection or safety of workers, consumers or public at large, required under the law,
have been exempted vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 58 REFERS].
3. Further, services provided by Government or a local authority where the gross amount charged for such service does not exceed Rs 5000/- have been exempted vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 56 REFERS].

However, the said exemption does not cover services specified in sub-clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) of clause (a) of section 66D of the Finance Act, 1994. Further, in case of continuous service, the exemption shall be applicable where the gross amount charged for such service does not exceed Rs. 5000/- in a financial year.

4. It is also clarified that Circular No.  89/7/2006-Service Tax dated 18-12-2006 & and Reference Code 999.01/23.8.07 in Circular No. 96/7/2007-ST dated 23-8-2007 issued in the pre-negative list regime are no longer applicable.
6. Services in the nature of allocation of natural resources by Government or a local authority to individual farmers. Services by way of allocation of natural resources to an individual farmer for the purposes of agriculture have been exempted vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 59 REFERS].

Such allocations/auctions to categories of persons other than individual farmers would be leviable to Service Tax.

 

7. Services in the nature of change of land use, commercial building approval, utility services provided by Government or a local authority. Regulation of land-use, construction of buildings and other services listed in the Twelfth Schedule to the Constitution which have been entrusted to Municipalities under Article 243W of the Constitution, when provided by governmental authority are already exempt under Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012.

The said services when provided by Government or a local authority have also been exempted from Service Tax vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 39 REFERS].

 

8. Services provided by Government, a local authority or a governmental authority by way of any activity in relation to any function entrusted to a Panchayat under Article 243G of the Constitution. Such services have been exempted vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 60 REFERS].
9. Whether Service Tax is payable on yearly installments due after 1-4-2016 in respect of spectrum assigned before 1-4-2016. Service Tax is payable on such installments in view of rule 7 of Point of Taxation Rules, 2011 as amended byvide Notification No. 24/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016.

However, the same have been specifically exemptedvide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 61 REFERS].

 

The exemption shall apply only to Service Tax payable on one time charge, payable in full upfront or in installments, for assignment of right to use any natural resource and not to any periodic payment required to be made by the assignee, such as Spectrum User Charges, license fee in respect of spectrum, or monthly payments with respect to the coal extracted from the coal mine or royalty payable on extracted coal which shall be taxable.

10. When does the liability to pay Service Tax arise upon assignment of right to use natural resource where the payment of auction price is made in 10 (or any number of) yearly (or periodic) instalments under deferred payment option for rights assigned after 1-4-2016. Rule 7 of the Point of Taxation Rules, 2011 has been amended vide Notification No. 24/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 to provide that in case of services provided by Government or a local authority to any business entity, the point of taxation shall be the earlier of the dates on which:
(a) any payment, part or full, in respect of such service becomes due, as indicated in the invoice, bill, challan, or any other document issued by Government or a local authority demanding such payment; or
(b) such payment is made.
Thus, the point of taxation in case of the services of the assignment of right to use natural resources by the Government to a business entity shall be the date on which any payment, including deferred payments, in respect of such assignment becomes due or when such payment is made, whichever is earlier.

Therefore, if the assignee/allottee opts for full upfront payment then Service Tax would be payable on the full value upfront. However, if the assignee opts for part upfront and remainder under deferred payment option, then Service Tax would be payable as and when the payments are due or made, whichever is earlier.

 

11. How to determine the date on which payment in respect of any service provided by Government or a local authority becomes due for determination of point of taxation (Sl. No. 10 refers)? The date on which such payment becomes due shall be determined on the basis of invoice, bill, challan, or any other document issued by the Government or a local authority demanding such payment [Point of Taxation Rules, 2011 as amended by Notification No. 24/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 refers].

For instance, Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) dated January 9, 2015 issued vide File No. 1000/16/2014-W.F./Auction for auction of right to use spectrum and letter dated March 29, 2015 issued vide File No. 1000 /23 / 2014 -W.F. /Auction by Department of Telecommunications to successful bidders of spectrum indicate the dates on which the payments in respect thereof become due. These may be accessed at http://www.dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/u8/NIA_January_2015.pdf and http://www.dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/u8/PaymentMethodologyAndPaymentDetails.pdf respectively.

12. Whether Service Tax is leviable on spectrum user charges and license fee payable after 1-4-2016 for the year 2015-16. Service Tax is payable on such payments in view of rule 7 of Point of Taxation Rules, 2011 as amended by Notification No. 24/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016. However, the same have been specifically exemptedvide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 62 REFERS].
13. Whether Service Tax is payable on the interest charged by Government or a local authority where the payment for assignment of natural resources is allowed to be made under deferred payment option. Rule 6(2)(iv) of the Service Tax (Determination of Value) Rules, 2006 has been amended videNotification No. 23/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 so as to provide that interest chargeable on deferred payment in case of any service provided by Government or a local authority to a business entity, where payment for such service is allowed to be deferred on payment of interest, shall be included in the value of the taxable service.
14. When and how will the allottee of the right to use natural resource be entitled to take CENVAT Credit of Service Tax paid for such assignment of right. The CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 have been amendedvide Notification No. 24/2016 C.E. (N.T.) dated 13-4-2016. Consequently, the CENVAT Credit of the Service Tax on one time charges (whether paid upfront or in installments) paid in a year, may be allowed to be taken evenly over a period of 3 (three) years. [Rule 4(7) of CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 as amended refers]. Detailed illustrations explaining how the CENVAT Credit is to be availed, are given in para 2 below.
  However, the Service Tax paid on spectrum user charges, license fee, transfer fee charged by the Government on trading of spectrum would be available in the year in which the same is paid. Likewise, Service Tax paid on royalty in respect of natural resources and any periodic payments shall be available as credit in the year in which the same is paid. The existing eighth proviso in sub-rule (7) of rule 4 of CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 is being omitted because the same is superfluous.
  Amendments have also been made in CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 so as to allow CENVAT credit to be taken on the basis of the documents specified in sub-rule (1) of rule 9 of CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 even after the period of 1 year from the date of issue of such a document in case of services provided by the Government or a local authority or any other person by way of assignment of right to use any natural resource [Fifth Proviso to sub-rule (7) of Rule 4 of CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004].
15. On basis of which documents can CENVAT Credit be availed in respect of services provided by Government or a local authority. CENVAT Credit may be availed on the basis of challan evidencing payment of Service Tax by the Service recipient [Clause (e) of sub-rule (1) of rule 9 of CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004, refers].

Disclaimer: The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances; before making any decisions do consult your Professional / tax advisor. For misrepresentation or interpretation of act or rules Author does not take any responsibility. Neither the author nor the firm accepts any liability for the loss or damage of any kind arising out of information in this document or for any action taken in reliance there on. carajput.com is committed to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, manage and grow their business with peace of mind. Our goal is to support the entrepreneur on legal and regulatory requirements and to be a partner throughout the entire business life cycle, offering support to the company at every stage to ensure that it is compliant and consistently growing. Hope the information will assist you in your Professional endeavors. For query or help, contact: info@carajput.com or call at 09811322785/4 9555 5555 480)

Update on services provided by Government or Local Authority

Update on services provided by Government or Local Authority

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Services (except few) provided by Government or Local Authority to business entities are covered under Reverse Charge Mechanism w.e.f 1st April, 2016 meaning thereby business entities are required to pay Service Tax on services received from Government or Local Authority. To curtail dilemma regrading non-taxability of various charges received by government like registration fee, Central Government has issued Notification No. 22/2016-ST. In addition, changes have been made in Point of Taxation Rules, 2011 and Service Tax (Determination of Value) Rules, 2006 vide Notification No. 23/2016-ST and Notification No. 24/2016-ST, respectively.

Changes in Mega Exemption Notification to exempt following services:-

  1. In entry 39, benefit of exemption has been extended to services provided by Government or Local Authorities by way of any activity in relation to any function entrusted to a municipality under article 243 W of the Constitution. Earlier this exemption is available only to Governmental Authorities.
  2. Services provided by Government or a local authority to another Government or local authority:
    Provided that nothing contained in this entry shall apply to services specified in sub-clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) of clause (a) of section 66D of the Finance Act, 1994
  3. Services provided by Government or a local authority by way of issuance of passport, visa, driving licence, birth certificate or death certificate
  4. Services provided by Government or a local authority where the gross amount charged for such services does not exceed Rs. 5000/-
    Provided that nothing contained in this entry shall apply to services specified in sub-clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) of clause (a) of section 66D of the Finance Act, 1994
    Provided further that in case where continuous supply of service, as defined in clause (c) of rule 2 of the Point of Taxation Rules, 2011, is provided by the Government or a local authority, the exemption shall apply only where the gross amount charged for such service does not exceed Rs. 5000/- in a financial year.
  5. Services provided by Government or a local authority by way of tolerating non-performance of a contract for which consideration in the form of fines or liquidated damages is payable to the Government or the local authority under such contract
  • Services provided by Government or a local authority by way of-
    (i) registration required under any law for the time being in force;
    (ii) testing, calibration, safety check or certification relating to protection or safety of workers, consumers or public at large, required under any law for the time being in force
  1. Services provided by Government or a local authority by way of assignment of right to use natural resources to an individual farmer for the purposes of agriculture
  2. Services by Government, a local authority or a governmental authority by way of any activity in relation to any function entrusted to a Panchayat under article 243G of the Constitution
  3. Services provided by Government or a local authority by way of assignment of right to use any natural resource where such right to use was assigned by the Government or the local authority before the 1st April, 2016
    Provided that the exemption shall apply only to service tax payable on one time charge payable, in full upfront or in installments, for assignment of right to use such natural resource
  4. Services provided by Government or a local authority by way of allowing a business entity to operate as a telecom service provider or use radiofrequency spectrum during the financial year 2015-16 on payment of licence fee or spectrum user charges, as the case may be
  5. Services provided by Government by way of deputing officers after office hours or on holidays for inspection or container stuffing or such other duties in relation to import export cargo on payment of Merchant Overtime charges (MOT).

Changes in Point of Taxation Rules, 2011:-

Generally, point of taxation in case of reverse charge is date of payment. Further, in case payment is not made within a period of three months the point of taxation shall be the date immediately following period of three months.

Now in specific case where services are provided by the Government or local authority to any business entity; the point of taxation shall be the earlier of the dates on which, –

  1. Any payment, part or full, in respect of such service becomes due, as specified in the invoice, bill, challan or any other document issued by the Government or local authority demanding such payment; or
  2. Payment for such services is made.

Changes in Service Tax (Determination of Value) Rules, 2006:-

As per rule 6, in sub-rule (2), in clause (IV), the value of taxable service, does not include interest on delayed payment of any consideration for the provision of services or sale of property, whether moveable or immoveable. Now following proviso has been inserted:

“Provided that this clause shall not apply to any service provided by Government or a local authority to a business entity where payment for such service is allowed to be deferred on payment of interest or any other consideration.”

Hence interest or any other consideration paid for deferment of payment against services provided by Government or a local authority will not be excluded for the purpose of calculation of value of taxable service.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances; before making any decisions do consult your Professional / tax advisor. For misrepresentation or interpretation of act or rules Author does not take any responsibility. Neither the author nor the firm accepts any liability for the loss or damage of any kind arising out of information in this document or for any action taken in reliance there on. carajput.com is committed to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, manage and grow their business with peace of mind. Our goal is to support the entrepreneur on legal and regulatory requirements and to be a partner throughout the entire business life cycle, offering support to the company at every stage to ensure that it is compliant and consistently growing. Hope the information will assist you in your Professional endeavors. For query or help, contact: info@carajput.com or call at 09811322785/4 9555 5555 480)