GST (Amendment) Act, 2018
The President has given its assent to the The Central Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Act 2018 , The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Act 2018. , The Union Territory Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Act 2018. , The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment Act 2018. on August 29, 2018.
Effective Date for Amendment in GST Act(s) 2018 will be 01.02.2019 [ Refer CGST (Amendment) Act, 2018 applicable from 1st February, 2019 ]
Changes in CGST Act 2017
[ w.e.f 01.02.2019 except clause (b) of section 8, section 17, section 18, clause (a) of section 20, sub-clause (i) of clause (b) and sub-clause (i) of clause (c) of section 28, of CGST Amendment Act 2018 ]
Following are the Changes in the Relevant Section of CGST Act 2017 by Central Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Act 2018
Section 9. Levy and collection. : Amended so as to restrict the levy of tax on reverse charge basis to receipt of supplies of certain specified categories of goods or services or both by notified classes of registered persons from unregistered suppliers on the recommendations of the Council.
Section 10. Composition levy. : Amended so as to raise the statutory threshold of turnover for a taxpayer to be eligible for the composition scheme from one crore rupees to one crore and fifty lakh rupees, and to allow the composition taxpayers to supply services (other than restaurant services), for up to a value not exceeding ten per cent. of turnover in the preceding financial year, or five lakh rupees, whichever is higher.
Amended in order to provide for input tax credit in cases of “Bill- to-ship-to” model in the case of supply of services. The said Amendment further seeks to include the provisions relating to the new return format as specified in the proposed new section 43A, for availment of input tax credit.
Section 20. Manner of distribution of credit by Input Service Distributor. : Amended in order to exclude the amount of tax levied under Entry 92A of List I of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution from the value of turnover for the purposes of distribution of credit.
Section 22. Persons liable for registration. : Amended so as to increase the threshold turnover for registration in special category States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Uttarakhand from ten lakh rupees to twenty lakh rupees.
Section 24. Compulsory registration in certain cases. : Amended so as to provide for mandatory registration for only those e-commerce operators who are liable to collect tax at source under section 52 of the Act.
Section 25. Procedure for registration. : Amended aso as to allow persons having multiple places of business in a State or Union territory to obtain separate registration for each such place of business, and to insert the provisions for separate registration for a person having a unit(s) in a Special Economic
Zone or being a Special Economic Zone developer, distinct from his other units located outside the Special Economic Zone.
Section 35. Accounts and other records. Amended so as to provide that any Department of the Central or State Government or local authority which is subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India need not get their books of account audited by any Chartered Accountant or Cost Accountant.
Section 48. Goods and services tax practitioners : Amended so as to allow Goods and Services Tax Practitioners to perform other functions such as filing refund claim, filing application for cancellation of registration, etc.
Section 49. Payment of tax, interest, penalty and other amounts. Amended in order to provide that the credit of State tax or Union territory tax can be utilised for payment of integrated tax only when the balance of the input tax credit on account of central tax is not available for payment of integrated tax.
Section 49A : Utilisation of input tax credit subject to certain conditions (Newly inserted) This Section seeks to specify that a taxpayer would be able to utilise the input tax credit on account of central tax, State tax or Union territory tax only after exhausting all the credit on account of integrated tax available to him towards payment or integrated tax, Central tax, State tax or Union territory tax.
Section 49B :Order of utilisation of input tax credit. (Newly inserted) This Section seeks to empower the Government to prescribe any specific order of utilisation of input tax credit of any of the taxes for payment of any tax.
Section 54. Refund of tax. Amended in order to provide that the principle of unjust enrichment will apply in case of a refund claim arising out of supplies of goods or services or both made to a Special Economic Zone developer or unit, and to allow receipt of payment in Indian rupees, where permitted, by the Reserve Bank of India in case of export of services.
Section 79. Recovery of tax. Amended to enable recovery to be made from distinct persons registered in different States or Union territories in order to ensure speedy recovery from other establishments of the registered person.
Section 107. Appeals to Appellate Authority. Amended Authority”, in order to specify twenty-five crore rupees as the upper limit of the amount of pre-deposit payable for filing of appeal before the Appellate Authority.
Section 129. Detention, seizure and release of goods and conveyances in transit Amended in order to increase the time limit before which proceedings under section 130 can be initiated from seven to fourteen days.
Section 140. Transitional arrangements for input tax credit. Amended in order to clarify with retrospective effect from 1st July, 2017 that the cesses and additional duty of excise (on textile and textile articles) levied under the pre-Goods and Services Tax laws shall not be a part of transitional input tax
credit under the goods and services tax.
Section 143. Job work procedure. Amended in order to empower the Commissioner to extend the time limit for return of inputs and capital goods sent on job work, upto a period of one year and two years, respectively.
SCHEDULE I. of CGST Act 2017 “Activities to be treated as supply even if made without consideration”. : Amended
SCHEDULE II. of CGST Act 2017 : Amended the title of Schedule II of the principal Act from “Activities to be treated as supply of goods or supply of services” to “Activities or transactions to be treated as supply of goods or supply of services”.
SCHEDULE III. of CGST Act 2017 “Activities or transactions which shall be treated neither as a supply of goods nor a supply of services”. Amended
Changes in IGST Act 2017 w.e.f 01.02.2019
Section 5. Levy and collection. : Amended to empower the Central Government to notify classes of registered persons to pay tax on reverse charge basis in respect of receipt of supplies of certain specified Categories of goods or services or both from unregistered suppliers;
Section 12. Place of supply of services where location of supplier and recepient is in India. : Amended to provide that if the transportation of goods is to a place outside India, the place of supply shall be the place of destination of such goods;
Section 13. Place of supply of services where location of supplier or location of receipient is outside India. Provisions of Section 13(1)(3)(a) Amended and shall not apply in the case of services supplied in respect of goods which are temporarily imported into India for repairs or for any other treatment or process and are exported after such repairs or treatment or process without being put to any use in India, other than that which is required for such repairs or treatment or process;
Section 17. Apportionment of tax and settlement of funds. Amended to make a provision for settlement of balance in the integrated tax account equally between the Central Government and the State Governments or the Union territories, as the case may be, on ad hoc basis and shall be adjusted against the amount apportioned under the said sub-sections.
Section 20. Application of provisions of Central Goods and Services Tax Act. Amended to specify the amount of pre-deposit payable
for filing of appeals —
(a) before the Appellate Authority to be capped at fifty crore rupees;
(b) before the Appellate Tribunal to be capped at one hundred crore rupees.