Corporate and Professional Updates on 1st August 2019

Indirect Tax Updates:

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  • Collection from the goods and services tax (GST) was above Rs 1 trillion in July, mainly on account of higher mop-up under the integrated GST. However, the central and state portions remained subdued, posing a challenge for the revenue target for the financial year. GST collection at Rs 1.02 trillion in the month was slightly more than 2 per cent higher than the Rs 99,939 crore in June and 5.8 per cent higher than the Rs 96,483 crore in July last year. However, Central GST collection was just Rs 17,912 crore in July, down from Rs 18,366 crore in June. State GST collection too was lower at Rs 25,008 crore in the month against Rs 25,343 crore in June.
  • It was the IGST that rose to Rs 50,612 crore against Rs 47,772 crore in this period. Subdued revenue collection poses challenges for Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with a growth target of 16 per cent for the central GST in 2019-20, reinforcing the need for emphasis on data intelligence and policies to plug leakages.
  • The CGST collection target was revised downwards to Rs 5.26 trillion for the fiscal year from the Rs 6.1 trillion estimated in the Interim Budget, following a 9 per cent shortfall in collection in the previous year. “GST collection for the month, despite being more than Rs 1 trillion, would be a matter of concern because this is lower than the Budget estimate. Collection needs to be correlated to the economic situation,” said M S Mani, senior director, Deloitte India. Abhishek Jain, tax partner, EY, said: “The next uptick in collection is expected with the launch of the new return formats and related restricted credit availability only on the matching of it with corresponding disclosures by suppliers, and verification of annual returns/audit reports submitted for FY17-18, etc.
  • ” The compensation cess stood at Rs 8,551 crore, a shade higher than the Rs 8,457 crore in June. A total of 7.579 million GSTR-3B, or summary returns, were filed in July, higher than the 7.425 million in June. A sum of Rs 17,789 crore has been released to the states as GST compensation for April-May 2019. The lower than expected collection weakens the case for further reduction in GST rates, especially for items taxed at 28 per cent. In the GST Council meeting last week only a single segment — electric vehicles (EVs), EV chargers, and hiring EV buses — was considered for rate reduction. The rate for EVs was cut from 12 per cent to 5 per cent, and that for chargers from 18 per cent to 5 per cent. Hiring buses got an exemption. Tax evasion may get tougher with the GST Network (GSTN) and the income-tax department signing a memorandum of understanding to facilitate an exchange of data. 
  • The GST Council in its December 2018 meeting cut the GST rates for 23 goods and services, including movie tickets, TVs and monitor screens, and power banks, and exempted frozen and preserved vegetables from the levy. The rates for consumer durables such as small-screen TVs, refrigerators, and washing machines were cut to 18 per cent from 28 per cent in July last year. In November 2017, the rates for 178 items, including detergents, shampoos and beauty products, were reduced from 28 per cent to 18 per cent. The government is working on measures to stop tax evasion — including data analysis, new return formats, the e-way bill, the proposed e-invoicing system, and mandatory e-ticketing for movie theatres.

Other Updates:

  • PV volumes to come under further pressure in August
  • Honda Cars sales dip 49% to 10,250 units in July
  • Airtel reports Q1 loss of Rs 2,866 crore
  • Economic woes not as bad as 1991: Ex-RBI dy guv
  • Tata Motors cuts Tigor EV price by up to Rs 80,000
  • L&T gets shareholders’ nod to raise Rs 4,000 crore via securities
  • Auto sales in July fall for 9th consecutive month due to poor demand
  • Govt to issue overseas sovereign bonds in tranches: FinMin official
  • CRISIL revises down India’s GDP growth estimate to 6.9% for FY20
  • India, world’s No. 2 coal buyer, plans to cut imports by a third in 5 years
  • MFs’ Essel group exposure likely to fall by 30-50% after Zee stake sale
  • Jeff Bezos sells Amazon shares worth $1.8-bn , reduces stake to $110 bn
  • Life insurance industry likely to see 14-15% growth: CARE
  • Banks free to have separate caps for lending to power, renewables sectors: RBI to Centre
  • DoT may get less than 50% of₹92,000 cr AGR dues from telcos
  • Voltas eyes ₹50-cr business from Kerala this Onam
  • Suzuki Motorcycle India sales up 18% in July
  • Ashok Leyland July sales down 28% at 10,927 units
  • US to slap 10% tariff on $300 billion more in Chinese goods: Donald Trump
  • RBI allows Bank of China to offer regular banking services in India
  • Normal monsoon likely in August, September: IMD
  • Marico Q1 net profit up 21.6% to ₹315 crore
  • SEBI sends letter to MFs detailing 23 lapses in FY 17
  • Shapoorji Pallonji’s solar EPC business announces ₹3,125 crore public offer
  • PNB plans aggressive recoveries to contain gross NPA below 12%
  • NCLAT sets aside order directing return of land to Jaypee Infratech
  • Amazon.in inks lease pact with GMR Hyderabad Airport City
  • Tata Power consolidated Q1 net falls 87 pct year-on-year
  • TVS Motor July sales down 13 per cent at 2,79,465 units
  • Sensex tanks over 450 points, Nifty finishes below 11,000-mark
  • Finance Minister Sitharaman to meet CEOs of PSU banks on Friday
  • Coal India to spend Rs 700 cr to procure 40 rakes

Key Due Dates:

  • 7 August: EQUALIZATION LEVY DEPOSIT- Equalization Levy is a direct tax, which is withheld at the time of payment by the service recipient where the annual payment made to one service provider (Non  Residents only) exceeds Rs. 1,00,000 in one financial year for the specified and notified services.
  • 10 August: GSTR-7 RETURN FILLING DUE DATE – Due Date for filing GSTR-7 by person liable to deduct TDS under GST for previous   quarter.
  • 10 August: GSTR-8 RETURN FILLING DUE DATE – GSTR-8 is a return to be filed by e-commerce operators who are required to deduct TCS (Tax collected at source) under GST.
  • 11 August: GSTR-1 RETURN FILLING DUE DATE – GST Filing of returns by registered person with aggregate turnover more than 1.50 crores.
  • 13 August:  GSTR-6 RETURN FILLING DUE DATE- Due Date for filing return by Input Service Distributors for previous month.
  • 15 August:  PROVIDEND FUND / ESI DUE DATES- Due date for payment of Provident fund and ESI contribution for the previous month.
  • 20 August: GSTR-5 RETURN FILLING DUE DATE- Due date of GSTR-5 (for Non-resident Taxable person) for the Previous month.
  • 20 August: GSTR-5A RETURN FILLING DUE DATE- Return by person providing online information and database access or retrieval services by a person located outside India made to Non-Taxable persons in India for the previous month.
  • 20 August: GSTR-3B RETURN FILLING DUE DATE – Due date for filling GSTR – 3B return for Previous month.
  • 31 August: INCOME TAX RETURN EXTENDED- Filing income tax for individual and non-corporates [who are not subject to tax audit].
  • 31 August: GSTR-9 RETURN FILLING DUE DATE – Annual Return to be filed by Regular Taxpayers filing GSTR 1, GSTR 2, and GSTR 3. It needs to be filed electronically on the GST portal directly or through a facilitation center.
  • 31 August: GSTR-9A RETURN FILLING DUE DATE – Taxable Persons paying tax under Section 10 of CGST Act, the composition scheme, are required to submit their annual returns in Form GSTR 9A.
  • 31 August: GSTR-9B RETURN FILLING DUE DATE- Annual Return to be filed by e-commerce operators who have filed GSTR 8 during the financial year.
  • 31 August: GSTR-9C RETURN FILLING DUE DATE- Taxpayers whose annual turnover exceeds INR 2 crores in a Financial Year are required to get their accounts audited by a practicing Chartered Accountant or Cost Accountant before filing returns in Form GSTR 9C.

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