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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with answers on GST

Question 1. What is GST? How does it work?

Answer: GST is one indirect tax for the whole nation, which will make India one unified common market. GST is a single tax on the supply of goods and services, right from the manufacturer to the consumer. Credits of input taxes paid at each stage will be available in the subsequent stage of value addition, which makes GST essentially a tax only on value addition at each stage. The final consumer will thus bear only the GST charged by the last dealer in the supply chain, with set-off benefits at all the previous stages.

Question 2. What are the benefits of GST?

Answer: The benefits of GST can be summarized as under:

For business and industry – 


Understanding the GST E-Way Bill – How Will It Work?

Under the newly introduced GST regime, the transporters are required to carry an electronic or e-way bill at the time of moving the goods from one location to another. It is a mandatory requirement and the transporters, consignors, and consignees must comply with it. This is an online version of the earlier accepted Way Bill that they had to obtain from the VAT authorities. In this case, e-way bill is required for the movement of goods above Rs. 50,000 in value. The government is planning to allow generating or canceling this bill through SMS as well. At the time of generating an e-way bill, a unique EBN or E-way Bill Number will be allocated to the supplier, recipient, and transporter.

When Should An E-Way Bill Be Generated?

Whenever there is a movement

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What is the Impact of GST on the Export of Services and Goods?

Previously, the export of services and goods was subject to a bevy of indirect taxes. Excise tax, customs duty, VAT, service tax, etc. was standard taxes charged from an exporter. Under the GST regime, all these taxes are subsumed into one. However, customs duty is an exemption and still levied on importers as usual.

Currently, there is no duty charged on exporters of services and goods. Above that, an exporter can claim any inputs that are received for purchasing of their raw materials. The government of India is aiming to increase the export of services and goods. To boost their ‘Make in India’ program, the government has offered various perks including zero duty on the exports. However, there is still some ambiguity in this arrangement and traders are looking for more

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Who Can Be Taxable And Liable for Registration Under GST?

With the introduction of GST, there has been a lot of confusion about the different aspects of this tax regime that combined nine existing taxes into one. Here, we will discuss the taxable person who is liable to register under this law. Any person who carries any business at any location in India and is registered or needed to get registered under the GST Act is defined as a taxable person. Person refers to an individual, company, firm, HUF, a government company, BOI, AOP, co-operative society, government, trust, local authority, artificial juridical person, and a body corporate incorporated under the laws applicable in a foreign country.

Who Should Get Registered Under GST?

 

The registration under this act is mandatory for any business whose turnover exceeds Rs. 20 lakhs in a financial year.

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Leasing of vehicles purchased and leased prior to 1st July, 2017 would attract GST at a rate equal to 65% of the applicable GST rate (including Compensation Cess)

In order to provide relief to old/existing leases of motor vehicles, GST Council in its 22nd Meeting held on the 6th October, 2017 in the national capital took several decisions in respect of motor vehicles purchased and leased prior to 1st July, 2017. These decisions are as given below:-

  1. a)     Leasing of vehicles purchased and leased prior to 1st July, 2017 would attract GST at a rate equal to 65% of the applicable GST rate (including Compensation Cess).
  2. b)    Such vehicles when sold shall attract GST of 65% of the applicable GST rate (including Compensation Cess).
  3. c)     Sale of vehicles by a registered person who had procured the vehicle prior to 1st July, 2017 and has not availed any Input Tax Credits of Central Excise duty, VAT or any other taxes paid on

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Penalty for Non-Filing of GSTR 3B

What is GSTR 3B – For the first two months of GST implementation, Every GST registered person have to file form GSTR 3B within the due date for each GSTN. If you have more than one GSTN, it would be required to file separate GSTR3B  for each GSTN. However this form is temporary in nature, still non-filing may attract interest @18% per annum. Even, if there is no transactions or NIL tax, still every registered person have to file GSTR3B. GSTR3B contains information about summary of outward and inward supply, its tax liability.

Last date to file GSTR 3B was 25th August 2017 – The Goods and Services Tax (GST) tax was introduced on 1st of July 2017.  The last date for payment of GST for the month

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HOW WILL IT HELP CONSUMERS?

Today consumers have no idea about the extent of taxes they pay on goods. If you get a bill after buying merchandise which gives the extent of VAT you have paid, it is an understatement of the actual tax you have paid. Remember, well before merchandise reached the retail outlet, the central government has collected excise duty. The extent of excise duty is not mentioned in the bill.

Therefore, today it is reasonable to assume we pay well over 20% tax for most merchandise we buy.

In GST, consumers should benefit in two ways.

First, all taxes will be collected at the point of consumption. It means that if a shirt is taxed at 18%, it will include both central government’s taxes and state government’s taxes. Transparency in taxation should deter governments from

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HOW IS INDIA’S TAX SYSTEM STRUCTURED TODAY

The constitution divides taxation powers between centre and states. Both levels of government have some exclusive areas where they can levy tax. Income tax, which includes tax on company profits, is the exclusive domain of central government. These taxes are referred to as direct taxes. Indirect taxes are taxes levied on manufacture of goods, provision of services and consumption. In India, generally speaking, indirect taxes levied on manufacture of goods or provision of services are the exclusive domain of central government. Taxes on consumption are the exclusive domain of state governments.

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