Frequenty Asked Questions

1 What is Goods and Service Tax (GST)?

It is a destination based tax on consumption of goods and services. It is proposed to be levied at all stages right from manufacture up to final consumption with credit of taxes paid at previous stages available as setoff. In anutshell, only value addition will be taxed and burden oftax is to be borne by the final consumer.

 2 What exactly is the concept of destination based tax on consumption?

The tax would accrue to the taxing authority which has jurisdiction over the place of consumption which is also termed as place of supply.

 3 Which authority will levy and administer GST?

Centre will levy and administer CGST & IGST whilerespective states will levy and administer SGST.

4 What principles were adopted for subsuming the above taxes under GST?

The various Central, State and Local levies were examined to identify their possibility of being subsumed under GST. While identifying, the following principles were kept in mind:
 (i) Taxes or levies to be subsumed should be primarily in the nature of indirect taxes, either on the supply of goods or on the supply of services.
 (ii) Taxes or levies to be subsumed should be part of the transaction chain which commences with import/ manufacture/ production of goods or provision of services at one end and the consumption of goods and services at the other.
 (iii) The subsumation should result in free flow of tax credit in intra and inter-State levels. The taxes, levies and fees that are not specifically related to supply of goods & services should not be subsumed under GST.
 (iv) Revenue fairness for both the Union and the States individually would need to be attempted.

5 Which are the commodities proposed to be kept outside the purview of GST?

Alcohol for human consumption, Petroleum Products viz. petroleum crude, motor spirit (petrol), high speed diesel, natural gas and aviation turbine fuel & Electricity.

 6 What will be the status in respect of taxation of above commodities after introduction of GST?

The existing taxation system (VAT & Central Excise) will continue in respect of the above commodities.

 7 What will be status of Tobacco and Tobacco products under the GST regime?

Tobacco and tobacco products would be subject to GST. In addition, the Centre would have the power to levy Central Excise duty on these products.

8 What type of GST is proposed to be implemented?

It would be a dual GST with the Centre and States simultaneously levying it on a common tax base. The GST to be levied by the Centre on intra-State supply of goods and / or services would be called the Central GST (CGST) and that to be levied by the States would be called the State GST (SGST). Similarly Integrated GST (IGST) will be levied and administered by Centre on every inter-state supply of goods and services.

9 Why is Dual GST required?

India is a federal country where both the Centre and the States have been assigned the powers to levy and collect taxes through appropriate legislation. Both the levels of Government have distinct responsibilities to perform according to the division of powers prescribed in the Constitution for which they need to raise resources. A dual GST will, therefore, be in keeping with the Constitutional requirement of fiscal federalism.

10 Which of the existing taxes are proposed to be subsumed under GST?

The GST would replace the following taxes:
 (i) taxes currently levied and collected by the Centre:
 a. Central Excise duty
 b. Duties of Excise (Medicinal and Toilet Preparations)
 c. Additional Duties of Excise (Goods of Special Importance)
 d. Additional Duties of Excise (Textiles and Textile Products)
 e. Additional Duties of Customs (commonly known as CVD)
 f. Special Additional Duty of Customs (SAD)
 g. Service Tax
 h. Central Surcharges and Cesses so far as they relate to supply of goods and services
 (ii) State taxes that would be subsumed under the GST are:
 a. State VAT
 b. Central Sales Tax
 c. Luxury Tax
 d. Entry Tax (all forms)
 e. Entertainment and Amusement Tax (except when levied by the local bodies)
 f. Taxes on advertisements
 g. Purchase Tax
 h. Taxes on lotteries, betting and gambling
 i. State Surcharges and Cesses so far as they relate to supply of goods and services
 The GST Council shall make recommendations to the Union and States on the taxes, cesses and surcharges levied by the Centre, the States and the local bodies which may be subsumed in the GST.

11 Why was the Constitution of India amended recently in the context of GST?

Currently, the fiscal powers between the Centre and theStates are clearly demarcated in the Constitution withalmost no overlap between the respective domains. TheCentre has the powers to levy tax on the manufacture ofgoods (except alcoholic liquor for human consumption,opium, narcotics etc.) while the States have the powersto levy tax on the sale of goods. In the case of inter-Statesales, the Centre has the power to levy a tax (the CentralSales Tax) but, the tax is collected and retained entirelyby the States. As for services, it is the Centre alone thatis empowered to levy service tax.Introduction of the GST required amendments in theConstitution so as to simultaneously empower the Centreand the States to levy and collect this tax. The Constitutionof India has been amended by the Constitution (one hundredand first amendment) Act, 2016 recently for this purpose.Article 246A of the Constitution empowers the Centre andthe States to levy and collect the GST.

12 How a particular transaction of goods and services would be taxed simultaneously under Central GST (CGST) and State GST (SGST)?

The Central GST and the State GST would be leviedsimultaneously on every transaction of supply of goods andservices except the exempted goods and services, goodswhich are outside the purview of GST and the transactionswhich are below the prescribed threshold limits. Further,both would be levied on the same price or value unlikeState VAT which is levied on the value of the goods inclusiveof CENVAT. While the location of the supplier and therecipient within the country is immaterial for the purposeof CGST, SGST would be chargeable only when the supplierand the recipient are both located within the State.
 Illustration I: Suppose hypothetically that the rate of CGST is 10% and that of SGST is 10%. When a wholesale dealer of steel in Uttar Pradesh supplies steel bars and rods to a construction company which is also located within the same State for, say Rs. 100, the dealer would charge CGST of Rs. 10 and SGST of Rs. 10 in addition to the basic price of the goods. He would be required to deposit the CGST the SGST portion into the account of the concerned State10 + Rs. 10 ) in cash as he would be entitled to set-off this liability against the CGST or SGST paid on his purchases(say, inputs). But for paying CGST he would be allowed to use only the credit of CGST paid on his purchases while for SGST he can utilize the credit of SGST alone. In other words, CGST credit cannot, in general, be used for payment of SGST. Nor can SGST credit be used for payment of CGST.
 Illustration II: Suppose, again hypothetically, that the rate of CGST is 10% and that of SGST is 10%. When an advertising company located in Mumbai supplies advertising services to a company manufacturing soap also located within the State of Maharashtra for, let us say Rs. 100, the ad company would charge CGST of Rs. 10 as well as SGST of Rs. 10 to the basic value of the service. He would be required to deposit the CGST component into a Central Government account while the SGST portion into the account of the concerned State Government. Of course, he need not again actually pay Rs. 20 (Rs. 10+Rs. 10) in cash as it would be entitled to set-off this liability against the CGST or SGST paid on his purchase (say, of inputs such as stationery, office equipment, services of an artist etc). But for paying CGST he would be allowed to use only the credit of CGST paid on its purchase while for SGST he can utilise the credit of SGST alone. In other words, CGST credit cannot, in general, be used for payment of SGST. Nor can SGST credit be used for payment of CGST.

13 What are the benefits which the Country will accrue from GST?

Introduction of GST would be a very significant step inthe field of indirect tax reforms in India. By amalgamatinga large number of Central and State taxes into a single taxand allowing set-off of prior-stage taxes, it would mitigatethe ill effects of cascading and pave the way for a commonnational market. For the consumers, the biggest gain wouldbe in terms of a reduction in the overall tax burden on goods,which is currently estimated at 25%-30%. Introductionof GST would also make our products competitive in thedomestic and international markets. Studies show that thiswould instantly spur economic growth. There may also berevenue gain for the Centre and the States due to wideningof the tax base, increase in trade volumes and improvedtax compliance. Last but not the least, this tax, because ofits transparent character, would be easier to administer.

14 What is IGST?

Under the GST regime, an Integrated GST (IGST)would be levied and collected by the Centre on inter-Statesupply of goods and services. Under Article 269A of theConstitution, the GST on supplies in the course of inter-State trade or commerce shall be levied and collected bythe Government of India and such tax shall be apportionedbetween the Union and the States in the manner as may beprovided by Parliament by law on the recommendations ofthe Goods and Services Tax Council.

15 Who will decide rates for levy of GST?

The CGST and SGST would be levied at rates to bejointly decided by the Centre and States. The rates wouldbe notified on the recommendations of the GST Council.

16 What would be the role of GST Council?

A GST Council would be constituted comprising the Union Finance Minister (who will be the Chairman of the Council), the Minister of State (Revenue) and the State Finance/Taxation Ministers to make recommendations to the Union and the States on
 (i) the taxes, cesses and surcharges levied by the Centre, the States and the local bodies which may be subsumed under GST;
 (ii) the goods and services that may be subjected to or exempted from the GST;
 (iii) the date on which the GST shall be levied on petroleum crude, high speed diesel, motor sprit(commonly known as petrol), natural gas and aviation turbine fuel;
 (iv) model GST laws, principles of levy, apportionment of IGST and the principles that govern the place of supply;
 (v) the threshold limit of turnover below which the goods and services may be exempted from GST;
 (vi) the rates including floor rates with bands of GST;
 (vii) any special rate or rates for a specified period to raise additional resources during any natural calamity or disaster;
 (viii) special provision with respect to the North-East States, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand; and
 (ix) any other matter relating to the GST, as the Council may decide.

17 What is the guiding principle of GST Council?

The mechanism of GST Council would ensureharmonization on different aspects of GST between theCentre and the States as well as among States. It hasbeen provided in the Constitution (one hundred andfirst amendment) Act, 2016 that the GST Council, in itsdischarge of various functions, shall be guided by the needfor a harmonized structure of GST and for the developmentof a harmonized national market for goods and services.

18 How will decisions be taken by GST Council?

The Constitution (one hundred and first amendment)Act, 2016 provides that every decision of the GST Councilshall be taken at a meeting by a majority of not less than3/4th of the weighted votes of the Members present andvoting. The vote of the Central Government shall have aweightage of 1/3rd of the votes cast and the votes of all theState Governments taken together shall have a weightageof 2/3rd of the total votes cast in that meeting. One halfof the total number of members of the GST Council shallconstitute the quorum at its meetings.

19 Who is liable to pay GST under the proposed GST regime?

Under the GST regime, tax is payable by the taxableperson on the supply of goods and/or services. Liability topay tax arises when the taxable person crosses the thresholdexemption, i.e. Rs.10 lakhs (Rs. 5 lakhs for NE States) exceptin certain specified cases where the taxable person is liableto pay GST even though he has not crossed the thresholdlimit. The CGST / SGST is payable on all intra-State supplyof goods and/or services and IGST is payable on all inter-State supply of goods and/or services. The CGST /SGST andIGST are payable at the rates specified in the Schedules tothe respective Acts.

20 What are the benefits available to small tax payers under the GST regime?

Tax payers with an aggregate turnover in a financialyear up to [Rs.10 lakhs] would be exempt from tax.[Aggregate turnover shall include the aggregate value ofall taxable and non-taxable supplies, exempt supplies andexports of goods and/or services and exclude taxes viz.GST.] Aggregate turnover shall be computed on all Indiabasis. For NE States and Sikkim, the exemption thresholdshall be [Rs. 5 lakhs]. All taxpayers eligible for thresholdexemption will have the option of paying tax with inputtax credit (ITC) benefits. Tax payers making inter-Statesupplies or paying tax on reverse charge basis shall not beeligible for threshold exemption.

21 How will the goods and services be classified under GST regime?

HSN (Harmonised System of Nomenclature) codeshall be used for c+C22lassifying the goods under the GST regime.Taxpayers whose turnover is above Rs. 1.5 crores but belowRs. 5 crores shall use 2 digit code and the taxpayers whoseturnover is Rs. 5 crores and above shall use 4 digit code.Taxpayers whose turnover is below Rs. 1.5 crores are notrequired to mention HSN Code in their invoices.Services will be classified as per the Services AccountingCode (SAC)

22 How will imports be taxed under GST?

Imports of Goods and Services will be treated asinter-state supplies and IGST will be levied on import ofgoods and services into the country. The incidence of taxwill follow the destination principle and the tax revenue incase of SGST will accrue to the State where the importedgoods and services are consumed. Full and complete set-offwill be available on the GST paid on import on goods andservices.

23 How will Exports be treated under GST?

Exports will be treated as zero rated +C24supplies. No taxwill be payable on exports of goods or services, howevercredit of input tax credit will be available and same will beavailable as refund to the exporters.

24 What is the scope of composition scheme under GST?

Small taxpayers with an aggregate turnover ina financial year up to [Rs. 50 lakhs] shall be eligible forcomposition levy. Under the scheme, a taxpayer shallpay tax as a percentage of his turnover during the yearwithout the benefit of ITC. The floor rate of tax for CGSTand SGST shall not be less than [1%]. A tax payer optingfor composition levy shall not collect any tax from hiscustomers. Tax payers making inter- state supplies orpaying tax on reverse charge basis shall not be eligible forcomposition scheme.

25 Whether the composition scheme will be optional or compulsory?


26 What is GSTN and its role in the GST regime?

GSTN stands for Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN). A Special Purpose Vehicle called the GSTN has been set up to cater to the needs of GST. The GSTN shall provide a shared IT infrastructure and services to Central and State Governments, tax payers and other stake holdersfor implementation of GST. The functions of the GSTN would, inter alia, include:
 (i) Facilitating registration;
 (ii) Forwarding the returns to Central and State authorities;
 (iii) Computation and settlement of IGST;
 (iv) Matching of tax payment details with banking network;
 (v) Providing various MIS reports to the Central and the State Governments based on the tax payer return information;
 (vi) Providing analysis of tax payers? profile; and
 (vii) Running the matching engine for matching, reversal and reclaim of input tax credit.
 The GSTN is developing a common GST portal and applications for registration, payment, return and MIS/reports. The GSTN would also be integrating the common GST portal with the existing tax administration IT systems and would be building interfaces for tax payers. Further, the GSTN is developing back-end modules like assessment, audit, refund, appeal etc. for 19 States and UTs (Model II States). The CBEC and Model I States (15 States) are themselves developing their GST back-end systems. Integration of GST front-end system with back-end systems will have to be completed and tested well in advance for making the transition smooth.

27 How are the disputes going to be resolved under the GST regime?

The Constitution (one hundred and first amendment)Act, 2016 provides that the Goods and Services Tax Council shall establish a mechanism to adjudicate any dispute16
 (a) between the Government of India and one or more States; or
 (b) between the Government of India and any State or States on one side and one or more other Sates on the other side; or
 (c) between two or more States, arising out of the recommendations of the Council or implementation thereof.

28 What are the other legislative requirementsfor introduction of the GST?

Suitable legislation for the levy of GST (Central GSTBill, Integrated GST Bill and State GST Bills) drawingpowers from the Constitution would need to be passedby the Parliament and the State Legislatures. Unlike theConstitutional Amendment which requires 2/3rd majority,the GST Bills would need to be passed by a simple majority.Obviously, the levy of the tax can commence only after theGST law has been enacted by the Parliament and respective Legislatures.

29 Where is the power to levy GST derived from?

Article 246A of the Constitution, which was introducedby the Constitution (101st Amendment) Act, 2016confers concurrent powers to both parliament and statelegislatures to make laws with respect to GST. However,-clause 2 of Article 246A read with Article 269A providesexclusive power to the Parliament to legislate with respectto inter-state trade or commerce.

30 What is the taxable event under GST?

Supply of goods and/or services. CGST & SGST will belevied on intra-state supplies while IGST will be levied oninter-state supplies. The charging section is section 7 (1)of CGST/SGST Act and Section 4(1) of the IGST Act.

31 Is the reverse charge mechanism applicable only to services?

No, reverse charge applies to supplies of both goods and services.

32 What will be the implications in case of purchase of goods from unregistered dealers?

The receiver of goods will not be able to getITC. Further, the recipients who are registered undercomposition schemes would be liable to pay tax underreverse charge.

33 In respect of exchange of goods, namely goldwatch for restaurant services will the transaction betaxable as two different supplies or will it be taxableonly in the hands of the main supplier?

No. In the above case the transaction of supply ofwatch from consumer to the restaurant will not be anindependent supply as the same is not in the course ofbusiness. It is a consideration for a supply made by therestaurant to him. The same will be a taxable supply bythe restaurant.

34 Whether supplies made without considerationwill also come within the purview of Supply underGST?

Yes only those cases which are specified underSchedule I to the Model GST Law.

35 Who can notify a transaction to be supply ofgoods and/or services?

Central Government or State Government on the recommendation of the GST Council can notify a transaction to be the supply of goods and/or services.

36 Will a taxable person be eligible to opt for composition scheme only for one out of 3 business verticals?

No, composition scheme would become applicable for all the business verticals/registrations which are separately held by the person with same PAN

37 Can composition scheme be availed if the taxable person effects inter-State supplies?

No, composition scheme is applicable subject to the condition that the taxable person does not affect interstate supplies.

38 Can the taxable person under composition scheme claim input tax credit?

No, taxable person under composition scheme is not eligible to claim input tax credit.

39 Can the customer who buys from a taxable person who is under the composition scheme claim composition tax as input tax credit?

No, customer who buys goods from taxable person who is under composition scheme is not eligible for composition input tax credit because a composition scheme supplier cannot issue a tax invoice

40 Can composition tax be collected from customers?

No, the taxable person under composition scheme is restricted from collecting tax. It means that a composition scheme supplier cannot issue a tax invoice.

41 What is the threshold for opting to pay tax under the composition scheme?

The threshold for composition scheme is Rs. 50 Lakhs of aggregate turnover in financial year.

42 How to compute ?aggregate turnover? to determine eligibility for composition scheme?

The methodology to compute aggregate turnover is given in Section 2(6). Accordingly, ?aggregate turnover? means ?Value of all supplies (taxable and non-taxable supplies + Exempt supplies + Exports) and it excludesTaxes levied under CGST Act, SGST Act and IGST Act, Value of inward supplies + Value of supplies taxable under reverse charge of a person having the same PAN.

43 What are the penal consequences if a taxable person violates the condition and is not eligible for payment of tax under the Composition scheme?

Taxable person who was not eligible for the composition scheme would be liable to pay tax, interest and in addition he shall also be liable to a penalty equivalent to the amount of tax payable. (Section 8 (3) of the MGL).

44 What is the minimum rate of tax prescribed for composition scheme?


45 When exemption from whole of tax collected on goods and/or services has been granted unconditionally, can taxable person pay tax?

No, the taxable person providing such goods or services shall not collect the tax on such goods or services.

46 What is remission of tax/duty?

It means relieving the tax payer from the obligation to pay taxon goods when they are lost or destroyed due to any natural causes. Remission is subject to conditions stipulated under the law and rules made thereunder.

47 Whether remission is allowed under GST law?

Yes, proposed section 11 of Model GST law permits remission of tax on supply of goods.

48 Whether remission is allowed for goods lost or destroyed before supply?

Remission of tax will apply only when tax is payable as per law i.e. taxable event should have happened and tax is required to be paid as per law. Under GST Law, levy is applicable upon supply of goods. Where goods are lost or destroyed before supply, taxable event does not occur in order to pay tax. Accordingly, question of remission of tax does not rise.

49 Whether remission is allowed on goods lost or destroyed for all reasons?

No, on plain reading of the language of proposed Section 11, remission is allowed only for those cases where supply of goods is found to be deficient in quantity due to natural causes.

50 Does the model GST Law empower the competent government to exempt supplies from the levy of GST?

Yes. Under Section 10 of the Model GST Law, the Central or the State Government, on the recommendation of the GST council can exempt the supplies from the levy of GST either generally or subject to conditions.

51 What is advantage of taking registration in GST?

Registration under Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime will confer following advantages to the business:
 ? Legally recognized as supplier of goods or services.
 ? Proper accounting of taxes paid on the input goods or services which can be utilized for payment of GST due on supply of goods or services or both by the business.
 ? Legally authorized to collect tax from his purchasers and pass on the credit of the taxes paid on the goods or services supplied to purchasers or recipients.

52 Can a person without GST registration claim ITC and collect tax?

No. A person without GST registration can neither collect GST from his customers nor claim any input tax credit of GST paid by him.

53 What will be the effective date of registration?

Where the application for registration has been submitted within thirty days from the date on which the person becomes liable to registration, the effective date of registration shall be date of his liability for registration.
 Where an application for registration has been submitted by the applicant after thirty days from the date of his becoming liable to registration, the effective date of registration shall be the date of grant of registration. In case of suomoto registration, i.e. taking registration voluntarily while being within the threshold exemption limit for paying tax, the effective date of registration shall be the date of order of registration.

54 Who are the persons liable to take a Registration under the Model GST Law?

Any supplier who carries on any business at any place in India and whose aggregate turnover exceeds threshold limit as prescribed in a year is liable to get himself registered. However, certain categories of persons mentioned in Schedule III of MGL are liable to be registered irrespective of this threshold.
 An agriculturist shall not be considered as a taxable person and shall not be liable to take registration. (As per section 9 (1))

55 What is aggregate turnover?

As per section 2 (6) of the MGL, aggregate turnover includes the aggregate value of:
 (i) all taxable and non-taxable supplies,
 (ii) exempt supplies, and
 (iii) exports of goods and/or service of a person having the same PAN.
 The above shall be computed on all India basis and excludes taxes charged under the CGST Act, SGST Act and the IGST Act.
 Aggregate turnover does not include value of supplies on which tax is levied on reverse charge basis, and value of inward supplies.

56 Which are the cases in which registration is compulsory?

As per paragraph 5 in Schedule III of MGL, the following categories of persons shall be required to be registered compulsorily irrespective of the threshold limit:
 a) persons making any inter-State taxable supply;
 b) casual taxable persons;
 c) persons who are required to pay tax under reverse
 d) non-resident taxable persons;
 e) persons who are required to deduct tax under section 37;
 f) persons who supply goods and/or services on behalf of other registered taxable persons whether as an agent or otherwise;
 g) input service distributor;
 h) persons who supply goods and/or services, other than branded services, through electronic commerce operator;
 i) every electronic commerce operator;
 j) an aggregator who supplies services under his brand name or his trade name; and
 k) such other person or class of persons as may be notified by the Central Government or a State Government on the recommendations of the Council.

57 What is the time limit for taking a Registration under Model GST Law?

Any person should take a Registration, within thirty days from the date on which he becomes liable to registration, in such manner and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed.

58 If a person is operating in different states, with the same PAN number, whether he can operate with a single Registration?

No. Every person who is liable to take a Registration will have to get registered separately for each of the States where he has a business operation and is liable to pay GST in terms of Sub-section (1) of Section 19 of Model GST Law.

59 Whether a person having multiple business verticals in a state can obtain for different registrations?

Yes. In terms of Sub-Section (2) of Section 19, a person having multiple business verticals in a State may obtain a separate registration for each business vertical, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed.

60 Is there a provision for a person to get himself voluntarily registered though he may not be liable to pay GST?

Yes. In terms of Sub-section (3) of Section 19, a person, though not liable to be registered under Schedule III, may get himself registered voluntarily, and all provisions of this Act, as are applicable to a registered taxable person, shall apply to such person.

61 Is possession of a Permanent Account Number (PAN) mandatory for obtaining a Registration?

Yes. Every person shall have a Permanent Account Number issued under the Income Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961) in order to be eligible for grant of registration under Section 19 of the Model GST Law. However as per section 19 (4A) of MGL, PAN is not mandatory for a non-resident taxable person who may be granted registration on the basis of any other document as may be prescribed.

62 Whether the Department through the proper officer, can suo-moto proceed with registration of a Person under this Act?

Yes. In terms of sub-section (5) of Section 19, where a person who is liable to be registered under this Act fails to obtain registration, the proper officer may, without prejudice to any action that is, or may be taken under the MGL, or under any other law for the time being in force, proceed to register such person in the manner as may be prescribed.

63 Whether the proper Officer can reject an Application for Registration?

Yes. In terms of sub-section 7 of MGL, the proper officer can reject an application for registration after due verification. However, it is also provided in sub-section 8 of Section 19, the proper officer shall not reject the application for registration or the Unique Identity Number without giving a notice to show cause and without giving the person a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

64 Whether the Registration granted to any person is permanent?

Yes, the registration Certificate once granted is permanent unless surrendered, cancelled, suspended or revoked.

65 Is it necessary for the UN bodies to get registration under MGL?

All UN bodies Consulate or Embassy of foreign countries and any other class of persons so notified would be required to obtain a unique identification number (UIN) from the GST portal. The structure of the said ID would be uniform across the States in conformity with GSTIN structure and the same will be common for the Centre and the States. This UIN will be needed for claiming refund of taxes paid by them and for any other purpose as may be prescribed in the GST Rules.

66 What is the responsibility of the taxable person supplying to UN bodies?

The taxable supplier supplying to these organizations is expected to mention the UIN on the invoices and treat such supplies as supplies to another registered person (B2B) and the invoices of the same will be uploaded by the supplier.

67 Is it necessary for the Govt. organization to get registration?

A unique identification number (ID) would be given by the respective state tax authorities through GST portal to Government authorities / PSUs not making outwards supplies of GST goods (and thus not liable to obtain GST registration) but are making inter-state purchases.

68 Who is a Casual Taxable Person?

Casual Taxable Person has been defined in Section 2 (21) of MGL. It means a person who occasionally undertakes transactions in a taxable territory where he has no fixed place of business.

69 Who is a Non-resident Taxable Person?

A taxable person residing outside India and coming to India to occasionally undertake transaction in the country but has no fixed place of business in India is a non-resident taxable person in terms of Section 2 (69) of the MGL.

70 What is the validity period of the Registration certificate issued to a Casual Taxable Person and non- Resident Taxable person?

The certificate of registration issued to a ?casual 34 taxable person? or a ?non-resident taxable person? shall be valid for a period of ninety days from the effective date of registration. However, the proper officer, at the request of the said taxable person, may extend the validity of the aforesaid period of ninety days by a further period not exceeding ninety days.

71 Is there any Advance tax to be paid by a Casual Taxable Person and Non-resident Taxable Person at the time of obtaining registration under this Special Category?

Yes. While a normal taxable person does not have to make any deposit of money to obtain registration, a casual taxable person or a non-resident taxable person shall, at the time of submission of application for registration under sub-section (1) of section 19, make an advance deposit of tax in an amount equivalent to the estimated tax liability of such person for the period for which the registration is sought. If registration is to be extended beyond the initial period of ninety days, an advance additional amount of tax equivalent to the estimated tax liability is to be deposited for the period for which the extension beyond ninety days is being sought.

72 Whether Amendments to the Registration Certificate is permissible?

Yes. In terms of Section 20, the proper officer may, on the basis of such information furnished either by the registrant or as ascertained by him, approve or reject amendments in the registration particulars in the manner and within such period as may be prescribed. It is to be noted that permission of the proper officer for making amendments will be required for only certain core fields of information, whereas for the other fields, the registrant can himself carry out the amendments.

73 Whether Cancellation of Registration Certificate is permissible?

Yes. Any Registration granted under this Act may be cancelled by the Proper Officer, in circumstances mentioned in Section 21 of the MGL. The proper officer may, either on his own motion or on an application filed, in the prescribed manner, by the registered taxable person or by his legal heirs, in case of death of such person, cancel the registration, in such manner and within such period as may be prescribed.

74 Whether cancellation of Registration under CGST Act means cancellation under SGST Act also?

Yes. The cancellation of registration under one Act (say CGST Act) shall be deemed to be a cancellation of registration under the other Act (i.e. SGST Act). (Section 21 (6))

75 Can the proper Officer Cancel the Registration on his own?

Yes, in certain circumstances specified under section 21(2) of MGL, the proper officer can cancel the registration on his own. Such circumstances include not filing return for a continuous period of six months (for a normal taxable 36 person) or three months (for a compounding taxpayer), and not commencing business within six months from the date of registration. However, before cancelling the registration, the proper officer has to follow the principles of natural justice. (Section 21 (4))

76 What happens when the registration is obtained by means of wilful mis-statement, fraud or suppression of facts?

In such cases, the registration may be cancelled with retrospective effect by the proper officer. Section 21(3).

77 Is there an option to take centralized registration for services under MGL?


78 If the taxpayer has different business verticals in one state, will he have to obtain separate registration for each such vertical in the state?

No. However the taxpayer has the option to register such separate business verticals independently in terms of Section 19(2) of MGL.

79 Who is an ISD?

ISD stands for Input Service Distributor and has been defined under Section 2 (56) of MGL. It is basically an office meant to receive tax invoices towards receipt of input services and further distribute the credit to supplier units proportionately.

80 Will ISD be required to be separately registered other than the existing taxpayer registration?

Yes. The ISD registration is for one office of the taxpayer which will be different from the normal registration.

81 Can a taxpayer have multiple ISDs?

Yes. Different offices of a taxpayer can apply for ISD registration.

82 What could be the liabilities (in so far as registration is concerned) on transfer of a business?

The transferee or the successor shall be liable to be registered with effect from such transfer or succession and he will have to obtain a fresh registration with effect from such date. (Schedule III of MGL).

83 Whether all assessees/dealers who are already registered under existing central excise/service tax/ vat laws will have to obtain fresh registration?

No. GSTN shall migrate all such assessees/dealers to the GSTN network and shall issue GSTIN number and password. They will be asked to submit all requisite documents and information required for registration in a prescribed period of time. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of GSTIN number.
 The service tax assessees having centralized registration will have to apply afresh in the respective states wherever they have their businesses.

84 Whether the job worker will have to be compulsorily registered?

No. Section 43A of MGL does not prescribe any such condition.

85 Whether the goods will be permitted to be supplied from the place of business of a job worker? Yes. But only in cases where the job worker is registered or the principal declares the place of business of the job worker as his additional place of business.

86 At the time of registration will the assessee have to declare all his places of business?

Yes. The principal place of business and place of business have been separately defined under section 2(78) & 2(75) of MGL respectively. The taxpayer will have to declare the principal place of business as well as the details of additional places of business in the registration form.

87 Is there any system to facilitate smaller dealers or dealers having no IT infrastructure?

In order to cater to the needs of taxpayers who are not IT savvy, following facilities shall be made available:-
 Tax Return Preparer (TRP): A taxable person may prepare his registration application /returns himself or can approach the TRP for assistance. TRP will prepare the said registration document / return in prescribed format on the basis of the information furnished to him by the taxable person. The legal responsibility of the correctness of information contained in the forms prepared by the TRP will rest with the taxable person only and the TRP shall not be liable for any errors or incorrect information.
 Facilitation Centre (FC): shall be responsible for the digitization and / or uploading of the forms and documents including summary sheet duly signed by the Authorized Signatory and given to it by the taxable person. After uploading the data on common portal using the ID and Password of FC, a print-out of acknowledgement will be taken and signed by the FC and handed over to the taxable person for his records. The FC will scan and upload the summary sheet duly signed by the Authorized Signatory.

88 Is there any facility for digital signature in the GSTN registration?

Taxpayers would have the option to sign the submitted application using valid digital signatures (if the applicant is required to obtain DSC under any other prevalent law then he will have to submit his registration application using the same). For those who do not have a digital signature, alternative mechanisms will be provided in the GST Rules on Registration.

89 What will be the time limit for the decision on the online application? If the information and the uploaded documents are found in order, the State and the Central authorities shall approve the application and communicate the approval to the common portal within three common working days. The portal will then automatically generate the Registration Certificate. In case no deficiency is communicated to the applicant by both the tax authorities within three common working days, the registration shall be deemed to have been granted [section 19(9) of MGL] and the portal will automatically generate the Registration Certificate.

90 What will be the time of response by the applicant if any query is raised in the online application?

If during the process of verification, one of the tax authorities raises some query or notices some error, the same shall be communicated to the applicant and to the other tax authority through the GST Common Portal within 3 common working days. The applicant will reply to the query / rectify the error / answer the query within a period informed by the concerned tax authorities (Normally this period would be seven days). On receipt of additional document or clarification, the relevant tax authority will respond within seven common working days.

91 What is the process of refusal of registration?

In case registration is refused, the applicant will be informed about the reasons for such refusal through a speaking order. The applicant shall have the right to appeal against the decision of the Authority. As per sub-section (10) of section 19 of MGL, any rejection of application for registration by one authority (i.e. under the CGST Act / SGST Act) shall be deemed to be a rejection of application for registration by the other tax authority (i.e. under the SGST Act / CGST Act).

92 Will there be any communication related to the application disposal?

The applicant shall be informed of the fact of grant or rejection of his registration application through an e-mail and SMS by the GST common portal. Jurisdictional details would be intimated to the applicant at this stage.

93 Can the registration certificate be downloaded from the GSTN portal?

In case registration is granted, applicant can download the Registration Certificate from the GST common portal.

94 What is the taxable event under GST?

The taxable event under GST shall be the supply of goods and / or services made for consideration in the course or furtherance of business. The taxable events under the existing indirect tax laws such as manufacture, sale, or provision of services shall stand subsumed in the taxable event known as ?supply?.

95 What is the meaning of Supply?

The term ?supply? is wide in its import and includes all forms of supply of goods and / or services such as sale, transfer, barter, exchange, license, rental, lease or disposal made or agreed to be made for a consideration by a person in the course or furtherance of business. It also includes import of service. The model GST law also provides for including certain transactions made without consideration within the scope of supply.

96 What is a taxable supply?

A ?taxable supply? means a supply of goods and / or services which is chargeable to good and services tax under the GST Act.

97 What are the necessary elements that constitute supply under MGL?

In order to constitute a ?supply?, the following elements are required to be satisfied, i.e.-
 (i) supply of goods and / or services;
 (ii) supply is for a consideration;
 (iii) supply is made in the course or furtherance of business;
 (iv) supply is made in the taxable territory;
 (v) supply is a taxable supply; and
 (vi) Supply is made by a taxable person.

98 Can a transaction in which any one or more of the above criteria is not fulfilled, be still considered as supply under GST?

Yes. Under certain circumstances such as importation of service (Section 3(1) (b)) or supplies made without consideration, specified under Schedule-I of MGL, where one or more ingredients specified in answer to question no. 4 are not satisfied, it shall still be treated as supply under GST Law

99 Importation of Goods is conspicuous by its absence in Section 3. Why?

Importation of goods is dealt separately under the Customs Act, 1962, wherein IGST shall be levied as additional duty of customs in addition to basic customs duty.

100 Are self-supplies taxable under GST?

Inter-state self-supplies such as stock transfers will be taxable as a taxable person has to take state wise registration in terms of Schedule 1(5). Such transactions have been made taxable even if there is no consideration. However, intra-state self-supplies are not taxable.

101 Whether transfer of title and/or possession is necessary for a transaction to constitute supply of goods?

Title as well as possession both have to be transferred for a transaction to be considered as a supply of goods. In case title is not transferred, the transaction would be treated as supply of service in terms of Schedule II (1). In some cases, possession may be transferred immediately but titled may be transferred at a future date like in case of sale on approval basis or hire purchase arrangement. Such transactions will also be termed as supply of goods.

102 What do you mean by ?supply made in the course or furtherance of business?

No definition or test as to whether the activity is in the course or furtherance of business has been specified under the MGL. However, the following business test is normally applied to arrive at a conclusion whether a supply has been made in the course or furtherance of business:
 1. Is the activity, a serious undertaking earnestly pursued?
 2. Is the activity is pursued with reasonable or recognisable continuity?
 3. Is the activity conducted in a regular manner based on sound and recognised business principles?
 4. Is the activity predominantly concerned with the making of taxable supply for consideration/ profit motive?
 The test may ensure that occasional supplies, even if made for consideration, will not be subjected to GST.

103 An individual buys a car for personal use and after a year sells it to a car dealer. Will the transaction be a supply in terms of MGL?

Give reasons for the answer. No, because supply is not made by the individual in the course or furtherance of business. Further, no input tax credit was admissible on such car at the time of its acquisition as it was meant for non-business use.

104 A dealer of air-conditioners transfers an air conditioner from his stock in trade, for personal use at his residence. Will the transaction constitute a supply?

Yes. As per Schedule-I (1) business assets put to a private or non-business use without consideration will be treated as supply.

105 Whether provision of service or goods by a club or association or society to its members will be treated as supply or not?

Yes. Provision of facilities by a club, association, society or any such body to its members shall be treated as supply. This is included in the definition of ?business? in section 2(17) of MGL.

106 What are inter-state supplies and intra-state supplies?

Inter-state and intra-state supplies have specifically been defined in Section 3 & 3A of IGST Act respectively. Broadly, where the location of the supplier and the place of supply are in same state it will be intra-state and where it is in different states it will be inter-state supplies.

107 Whether transfer of right to use goods will be treated as supply of goods or supply of service? Why?

Transfer of right to use goods shall be treated as supply of service because there is no transfer of title in such supplies. Such transactions are specifically treated as supply of service in Schedule-II of MGL
 108 Whether Works contracts and Catering services will be treated as supply of goods or supply of services? Why? Works contract and catering services shall be treated as supply of service as specified in Schedule-II of MGL.
 109 Whether goods supplied on hire purchase basis will be treated as supply of goods or supply of services? Why? Supply of goods on hire purchase shall be treated as supply of goods as there is transfer of title, albeit at a future date.

110 What is time of supply?

The time of supply fixes the point when the liability to charge GST arises. It also indicates when a supply is deemed to have been made. The MGL provides separate time of supply for goods and services.

111 When does the liability to charge GST arise in respect of supply of goods?

Section 12 of the MGL provides for time of supply of goods. The time of supply of goods shall be the earliest of the following namely,
 (i) the date on which the goods are removed by the supplier, where the supply of goods require removal; or
 (ii) the date on which the goods are made available where the supply does not require removal; or
 (iii) the date on which the supplier issues invoices with respect to the supply where the above two situations do not apply; or
 (iv) the date on which the recipient shows the receipt of the goods in his books of accounts.

112 What is time of supply of continuous supply of goods?

The time of supply of continuous supply of goods is;
 a) where successive statements of accounts or successive payments are involved, the date of expiry of the period to which such successive statements of accounts or successive payments relate.
 b) where there are no successive statements of account or successive payments involved, the date of issue of the invoice or the date of receipt of payment whichever is earlier.

113 What is time of supply of goods sent on approval basis?

In case of supply on approval basis, the time of supply shall be the time at which it is known whether a supply will take place or six months from the date of supply, whichever is earlier.

114 Where it is not possible to determine the time of supply in terms of sub-section 2, 3, 5 or 6 of Section 12 or that of Section 13 of MGL, how will time of supply be determined?

There is a residual entry in Section 12(7) as well as 13 (7) which say that if periodical return has to be filed, then the due date of filing of such periodical return shall be the time of supply. In other cases, it will be the date on which the CGST/SGST/IGST is paid.

115 When does the liability to pay GST arise in respect of supply of services?

Unlike goods, in the case of services, the time of supply is determined by the fact whether the invoice for supply of services has been issued within the prescribed period or beyond such prescribed period.

116 What is time of supply of service when invoice is not issued within prescribed period?

The time of supply of service in such cases shall be the earliest of the following:
 (i) date completion of the provision of service; or
 (ii) the date of receipt of payment.

117 What is time of supply of service when invoice is issued within prescribed period?

The time of supply of service in such cases shall be the earliest of the following:
 (i) date of issue of invoice; or
 (ii) the date of receipt of payment.

118 What does ?date of receipt of payment? mean?

It is the earliest of the date on which the payment is entered in the books of accounts of the supplier or the date on which the payment is credited to his bank account.

119 Suppose, invoice is not issued and date of payment or date of completion of provision of service are also not ascertainable, what will be the time of supply?

The time of supply shall be the date on which the recipient shows the receipt of services in his books of accounts.

120 Suppose part advance payment is made or invoice issued is for part payment, whether the time of supply will cover the full supply?

No. The supply shall be deemed to have been made to the extent it is covered by the invoice or the part payment.

121 What is time of supply of service in case of tax payable under reverse charge?

The time of supply will be the earliest of the following dates:
 a) date of receipt of services;
 b) date on which payment is made;
 c) date of receipt of invoice;
 d) date of debit in the books of accounts by supplier.

122 What will be the time of supply in continuous supply of services?

The time of supply shall be the due date of payment, if ascertainable from the contract. If not ascertainable, it will be earliest of date of receipt of payment or the date of issue of invoice or completion of event where payment is linked to completion of event.

123 Let?s say there was increase in tax rate from 18% to 20% w.e.f. 1.6.2017. What is the tax rate applicable when services provided and invoice issued before change in rate in April 2017, but payment received after change in rate in June 2017?

The old rate of 18% shall be applicable as services are provided prior to 1.6.2017.

124 What is the value of taxable supply to be adopted for the levy of GST?

The value of taxable supply of goods and services shall ordinarily be ?the transaction value? which is the actually the price paid or payable, when the parties are not related and price is the sole consideration. The MGL further elaborates various inclusions and exclusions from the ambit of transaction value. For example, the transaction value shall not include refundable deposit, discount allowed before or at the time of supply.

125 What is transaction value?

Transaction value refers to the price actually paid or payable for the supply of goods and or services where the supplier and the recipient are not related and price is the sole consideration for the supply. It includes any amount which the supplier is liable to pay but which has been incurred by the recipient of the supply.

126 Are there separate valuation provisions for CGST, SGST and IGST and Goods and Services?

No, section 15 is common for all three taxes and also common for goods and services.

127 Is contract price not sufficient to determine valuation of supply?

Contract price is more specifically referred to as ?transaction value? and that is the basis for computing tax. 60 However, when the price is influenced by some factors like relationship of parties or certain transactions are deemed to be supply, which do not have a price, it is required to overcome these factors to determine the transaction value correctly.

128 Is reference to Valuation Rules required in all cases?

No. Reference to Valuation Rules is required only in cases listed under section 15(4) i.e., where consideration payable is not money, or parties to the transaction are related.

129 What is to be done if there are certain factors affecting price though the transaction is not covered by section 15(4)?

Section 15(2) provides the list of adjustments that may be made to make the price of a transaction reliable for purposes of determining tax payable.

130 Can the transaction value declared under section 15(1) be accepted?

Yes, it can be accepted after examining for inclusions in section 15(2). Furthermore, the transaction value can be accepted even where the supplier and recipient are related, provided the relationship has not influenced the price. (Rule 3(4) of draft GST valuation rules)

131 Whether post-supply discounts or incentives are to be included in the transaction value? Yes. Unless the post-supply discount is established as per the agreement and is known at or before the time of supply and specifically linked to relevant invoice.
 132 Whether pre-supply discounts allowed before or at the time of supply are includible in the transaction value?

No, provided it is allowed in the course of normal trade practice and has been duly recorded in the invoice.

133 When are Valuation Rules applicable?

Valuation Rules are applicable when (i) Consideration not in money terms (ii) parties are related or supply by any specified category of supplier and (iii) transaction value declared is not reliable.

134 What are the reasons for doubting transaction value declared? The reasons have been indicated in Rule 7(b) of the draft GST Valuation Rules. It is:- (i) comparable supplies are at significantly higher value; (ii) transaction is at significantly lower or higher than market value of supplies; and (iii) misdeclaration in parameters like description, quantity, quality, year of make etc. The list is indicative and not exhaustive.

135 What are the methods provided for determining the value, in terms of draft GST Valuation Rules?

Three methods are prescribed under GST Valuation Rules for determining the transaction value i.e., comparative method, computation method and residual method, which are required to be followed sequentially. Besides, some specific valuation methods have been specified like in case of pure agents and money changers. Further specific rules may later be notified in case of Insurer, Air travel Agent and distributor or selling agents of lottery.

136 What are the inclusions specified in Section 15(2) which could be added to Transaction Value?

The inclusions specified in Section 15(2) which could be added to Transaction Value are as follows:
 a) Any amounts paid by recipient that are obligation of supplier to pay;
 b) Money value of goods or services provided free or at concession by recipient;
 c) Royalties and license fees payable by recipient as a condition of supply;
 d) Taxes levied under any other law(s) (other than SGST / CGST or IGST);
 e) Expenses incurred by supplier before supply and charged separately;
 f) Subsidy realized by supplier on the supply;
 g) Reimbursements claimed separately by supplier;
 h) Discounts allowed ?after? supply except when known before supply; (Discounts allowed as a normal trade practice and reflected on the face of the invoice shall not be included).

137 What are the Payments to be made in GST regime?

In the GST regime, for any intra-state supply, taxes to be paid are the Central GST (CGST, going into the account of the Central Government) and the State GST (SGST, going into the account of the concerned State Government). For any inter-state supply, tax to be paid is Integrated GST (IGST) which will have components of both CGST and SGST. In addition, certain categories of registered persons will be required to pay to the government account Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) and Tax Collected at Source (TCS). In addition, wherever applicable, Interest, Penalty, Fees and any other payment will also be required to be made.

138 Who is liable to pay GST?

In general the supplier of goods or service is liable to pay GST. However in specified cases like imports and other notified supplies, the liability may be cast on the recipient under the reverse charge mechanism. Further, in some cases, the liability to pay is on the third person (say in the case of e-commerce operator responsible for TCS or Government Department responsible for TDS).

139 When is GST payment to be done by the taxable person?

At the time of supply of Goods as explained in Section 12 and at the time of supply of services as explained in Section 13. The time is generally the earliest of one of the three events, namely receiving payment, issuance of invoice or completion of supply. Different situations envisaged and different tax points have been explained in the aforesaid sections.

140 What are the main features of GST payment process?

The payment processes under proposed GST regime will have the following features:
 ? Electronically generated challan from GSTN Common Portal in all modes of payment and no use of manually prepared challan;
 ? Facilitation for the taxpayer by providing hassle free, anytime, anywhere mode of payment of tax;
 ? Convenience of making payment online;
 ? Logical tax collection data in electronic format;
 ? Faster remittance of tax revenue to the Government Account;
 ? Paperless transactions;
 ? Speedy Accounting and reporting;
 ? Electronic reconciliation of all receipts;
 ? Simplified procedure for banks;
 ? Warehousing of Digital Challan.

141 How can payment be done?

Payment can be done by the following methods:
 (i) Through debit of Credit Ledger of the taxpayer maintained on the Common Portal- ONLY Tax can be paid. Interest, Penalty and Fees cannot be paid by debit in the credit ledger.. Tax payers shall be allowed to take credit of taxes paid on inputs (input tax credit) and utilize the same for payment of output tax. However, no input tax credit on account of CGST shall be utilized towards payment of SGST and vice versa. The credit of IGST would be permitted to be utilized for payment of IGST, CGST and SGST in that order.
 (ii) In cash by debit in the Cash Ledger of the taxpayer maintained on the Common Portal. Money can be deposited in the Cash Ledger by different modes, namely, E-Payment (Internet Banking, Credit Card, Debit Card); Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS)/ National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT); Over the Counter Payment in branches of Banks Authorized to accept deposit of GST.

142 When is payment of taxes to be made by the Supplier?

Payment of taxes by the normal taxpayer is to be done on monthly basis by the 20th of the succeeding month. Cash payments will be first deposited in the Cash Ledger and the taxpayer shall debit the ledger while making payment in the monthly returns and shall reflect the relevant debit entry number in his return. As mentioned earlier, payment can also be debited from the Credit Ledger. Payment of taxes for the month of March shall be paid by the 20th of April. Composition tax payers will need to pay tax on quarterly basis. Timing of payment will be from 0000 Hrs to 2000 Hrs.

143 Whether time limit for payment of tax can be extended or paid in monthly installments?

No, this is not permitted in case of self-assessed liability. In other cases, competent authority has been empowered to extend the time period or allow payment in installments. (Section 55 of MGL).

144 What happens if the taxable person files the return but does not make payment of tax?

In such cases, the return is not considered as a valid return. Section 27 (3) of the MGL provides that the return furnished by a taxable person shall not be treated as valid return unless the full tax due as per the said return has been paid. It is only the valid return that would be used for allowing input tax credit (ITC) to the recipient. In other words, unless the supplier has paid the entire self-assessed tax and filed his return and the recipient has filed his return, the ITC of the recipient would not be confirmed. As per section 28, a taxable person who has not furnished a valid return shall not be allowed to utilize such credit till he discharges his self-assessed tax liability.

145 Which date is considered as date of deposit of the tax dues- Date of presentation of cheque or Date of payment or Date of credit of amount in the account of government account?

It is the date of credit to the Government account.

146 What are E-Ledgers?

Electronic Ledgers or E-Ledgers are statements of cash and input tax credit in respect of each registered taxpayer. In addition, each taxpayer shall also have an electronic tax liability register. Once a taxpayer is registered on Common Portal (GSTN), 2 e-ledgers (Cash & Input Tax Credit) and an electronic tax liability register will be automatically opened and displayed on his dashboard at all times.

147 What is a tax liability register?

Tax Liability Register will reflect the total tax liability of a taxpayer (after netting) for the particular month.

148 What is a Cash Ledger?

The cash ledger will reflect all deposits made in cash, and TDS/TCS made on account of the taxpayer. The information will be reflected on real time basis. This ledger can be used for making any payment on account of GST.