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GST A Brief Presentation dated 6th April, 2017

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The Finance Act 2017 comes into effect from 31st March 2017

All changes introduced through various sections in Central Acts, through the Finance Bill will therefore take effect from 31st March, 2017 unless specified.

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 GST Bill passed by Parliament

 

 

 

The 122nd Constitution Amendment Bill introduced in Parliament in December 2014 has been passed by the Rajya Sabha and now also by the Lok Sabha with the amendments.  Now the Bill must get ratified by at least half the number of 31 State Legislatures which means 16 States and then finally get the approval from the President.

Thereafter the GST Council has to be set up which will determine the GST design at the granular level. This will include the structure of GST including scope of CGST, SGST and IGST, the taxes subsumed, the items/commodities covered and other critical aspects such as the threshold limits for taxability, exemptions, and several other parameters critical for an ideal  GST.

Further, for the GST to operate smoothly, the taxes paid on goods and services at every stage in the value chain needs to be tracked. This requires an IT infrastructure which will track the transactions and taxes paid and form the back-bone of GST. Reportedly considerable work has been already done on it, nevertheless it will need changes to correctly reflect the GST Law proposed by the GST Council and accepted by the Central & State Legislatures.

Last but not the least,  the tax authorities and other stakeholders who will implement the GST need to be trained for a smooth introduction.

CESTAT rejects appeal, holds - sample testing a must as importer didn't produce any certificate

On 7th April, 2017 in Maa Bhagwati Coke Vs CC,Jamnagar, CESTAT Ahmedabad rejected the appeal for exemption on imported coal claiming the ash content was <12% and distinguished a SC judgment relied upon by the appellant. The Tribunal held that on testing the coal samples, the report confirmed ash content at 13.1% also the test was necessary saying:

"....it is seen that the appellant have relied on the decision of Honble Apex Court to assure that there was no reason to get the coal tested. However, in the said case, the importer had produced a certificate of CASCOs regarding the ash content of the imported coal. In the instant case, the record shows that no such certificate was produced. In absence of the certificate, it was necessary to get the sample tested in view of the claim of notification by the appellant."

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