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The government notified various notifications related to GST on dt. 22 Dec 2020. In this article, we will discuss Notification No.94/2020 Central Tax.

Notification No. 94/2020 - Central Tax

Through this Notification, the Central Government amended the CGST Rules. Highlights of Notification is as under-

  • These rules may be called CGST (Fourteenth Amendment) Rules, 2020
  • In Rule- 8 of CGST Rules 2017, Sub-Rule (4A) shall be substituted, with effect from a date to be notified, as the following -

"(4A) Every application made under Rule (4) shall be followed by—

Latest changes introduced in CGST Rules

(a) biometric-based Aadhaar authentication and taking photograph, unless exempted under subsection (6D) of section 25, if he has opted for authentication of Aadhaar number; or

(b) taking biometric information, photograph and verification of such other KYC documents, as notified, unless the applicant is exempted under sub-section (6D) of section 25 if he has opted not to get Aadhaar authentication done,

of the applicant where the applicant is an individual or of such individuals in relation to the applicant as notified under sub-section (6C) of section 25 where the applicant is not an individual, along with the verification of the original copy of the documents uploaded with the application in FORM GST REG-01at one of the Facilitation Centres notified by the Commissioner for the purpose of this sub-rule and the application shall be deemed to be complete only after completion of the process laid down under this sub-rule."

In Rule 9,-

(a) In sub-rule (1), -

(i) Time limit for examination of the application for registration by Proper officer has been enhanced from 3 working days to 7 working days.

(ii) for the proviso, the following proviso shall be substituted, namely: -

"Provided that where-

(a) a person, other than a person notified under sub-section (6D) of section 25, fails to undergo authentication of Aadhaar number as specified in sub-rule (4A) of rule 8 or does not opt for authentication of Aadhaar number; or

(b) the proper officer, with the approval of an officer authorized by the Commissioner, not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner, deems it fit to carry out physical verification of places of business,

the registration shall be granted within thirty days of submission of application, after physical verification of the place of business in the presence of the said person, in the manner provided under rule 25 and verification of such documents as the proper officer may deem fit.";

(b) in sub-rule (2), -

(i) Time limit for issue of Notice regarding clarification related to Application for registration by Proper officer has been enhanced from 3 working days to 7 working days.

(ii) for the proviso, the following proviso shall be substituted,  -

"Provided that where

(a) a person, other than a person notified under sub-section (6D) of section 25, fails to undergo authentication of Aadhaar number as specified in sub-rule (4A) of rule 8 or does not opt for authentication of Aadhaar number; or

(b) the proper officer, with the approval of an officer authorized by the Commissioner, not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner, deems it fit to carry out physical verification of places of business,

 

the notice in FORM GST REG-03 may be issued not later than thirty days from the date of submission of the application.";

(c) for sub-rule (5), shall be substituted as follow -

"(5) If the proper officer fails to take any action, -

(a) within a period of 7 working days from the date of submission of the application in cases where the person is not covered under proviso to sub-rule (1); or

(b) within a period of 30 days from the date of submission of the application in cases where a person is covered under proviso to sub-rule (1); or

(c) within a period of 7 working days from the date of the receipt of the clarification, information or documents furnished by the applicant under sub-rule (2), the application for grant of registration shall be deemed to have been approved."

In Rule 21,-

(a) in clause (b), after the words "goods or services", the words "or both" shall be inserted;

(b) after clause (d), the following clauses (e) to (g) shall be inserted, namely:-

"(e) avails input tax credit in violation of the provisions of section 16 of the Act or the rules made thereunder; or

(f) furnishes the details of outward supplies in FORM GSTR-1 under section 37 for one or more tax periods which is in excess of the outward supplies declared by him in his valid return under section 39 for the said tax periods; or

(g) violates the provision of rule 86B.".

In Rule 21A,-

(a) in Sub-Rule (2), the words ", after affording the said person a reasonable opportunity of being heard," shall be omitted;

(b) after sub-rule (2), the following sub-rule-(2A) shall be inserted, namely: -

"(2A) Where, a comparison of the returns furnished by a registered person under section 39 with

(a) the details of outward supplies furnished in FORM GSTR-1; or

(b) the details of inward supplies derived based on the details of outward supplies furnished by his suppliers in their FORM GSTR-1,

or such other analysis, as may be carried out on the recommendations of the Council, show that there are significant differences or anomalies indicating contravention of the provisions of the Act or the rules made thereunder, leading to the cancellation of registration of the said person, his registration shall be suspended and the said person shall be intimated in FORM GST REG-31, electronically, on the common portal, or by sending a communication to his e-mail address provided at the time of registration or as amended from time to time, highlighting the said differences and anomalies and asking him to explain, within a period of thirty days, as to why his registration shall not be canceled.";

 

(c) in sub-rule (3), after the words, brackets and figure "or sub-rule (2)", the words, brackets, figure and letter "or sub-rule (2A)" shall be inserted;

(d) after sub-rule (3), the following sub-rule-(3A) shall be inserted, namely: -

"(3A) A registered person, whose registration has been suspended under sub-rule (2) or sub-rule (2A), shall not be granted any refund under section 54, during the period of suspension of his registration.";

(e) In sub-rule (4), -

(i) after the words, brackets and figure "or sub-rule (2)", the words, brackets, figure and letter "or sub-rule (2A)" shall be inserted;

(ii) the following proviso shall be inserted, namely: -

"Provided that the suspension of registration under this rule may be revoked by the proper officer, anytime during the pendency of the proceedings for cancellation, if he deems fit.".

In Rule 22,-

(a) in sub-rule (3), after the words, brackets and figure "the show cause issued under sub-rule (1)", the words, brackets, figures and letters "or under sub-rule (2A) of rule 21A" shall be inserted;

(b) in sub-rule (4), after the words, brackets, and figure "reply furnished under sub-rule (2)", the words, brackets, figures and letters " or in response to the notice issued under sub-rule (2A) of rule 21A " shall be inserted.

In Rule 36(4) , w.e.f. 1st January 2021,-

(a) for the word "uploaded", at both the places where it occurs, the word "furnished " shall be substituted;

(b) after the words, brackets, and figures "by the suppliers under sub-section (1) of section 37", at both the places where they occur, the words, letters and figure " in FORM GSTR-1 or using the invoice furnishing facility " shall be inserted;

(c) Claim of ITC in respect of invoice or debit note not furnished by supplier now has been reduced from "10%" to " 5%".

In Rule 59(4), the following sub-rule-(5) shall be inserted, namely: -

"(5) Notwithstanding anything contained in this rule, -

(a) a registered person shall not be allowed to furnish the details of outward supplies of goods or services or both under section 37 in FORM GSTR-1 if he has not furnished the return in FORM GSTR-3B for the preceding two months;

(b) a registered person, required to furnish a return for every quarter under the proviso to sub-section (1) of section 39, shall not be allowed to furnish the details of outward supplies of goods or services or both under section 37 in FORM GSTR-1 or using the invoice furnishing facility if he has not furnished the return in FORM GSTR-3B for preceding tax period;

(c) a registered person, who is restricted from using the amount available in electronic credit ledger to discharge his liability towards tax in excess of ninety-nine percent. of such tax liability under rule 86B, shall not be allowed to furnish the details of outward supplies of goods or services or both under section 37 in FORM GSTR-1 or using the invoice furnishing facility, if he has not furnished the return in FORM GSTR-3B for preceding tax period.".

After Rule 86A, w.e.f.1st January, 2021the following Rule-86B shall be inserted -

"86B. Restrictions on the use of amount available in electronic credit ledger.-

Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, the registered person shall not use the amount available in the electronic credit ledger to discharge his liability towards output tax in excess of ninety-nine percent. of such tax liability, in cases where the value of taxable supply other than exempt supply and zero-rated supply, in a month exceeds fifty lakh rupees:

Provided that the said restriction shall not apply where –

(a) the said person or the proprietor or karta or the managing director or any of its two partners, whole-time Directors, Members of Managing Committee of Associations or Board of Trustees, as the case may be, have paid more than one lakh rupees as an income tax under the Income-tax Act, 1961(43 of 1961) in each of the last two financial years for which the time limit to file a return of income under subsection (1) of section 139 of the said Act has expired; or

(b) the registered person has received a refund amount of more than one lakh rupees in the preceding financial year on account of unutilized input tax credit under clause (i) of the first proviso of subsection (3) of section 54; or

(c) the registered person has received a refund amount of more than one lakh rupees in the preceding financial year on account of unutilized input tax credit under clause (ii) of the first proviso of subsection (3) of section 54; or

(d) the registered person has discharged his liability towards output tax through the electronic cash ledger for an amount which is in excess of 1% of the total output tax liability, applied cumulatively, up to the said month in the current financial year; or

(e) the registered person is –

(i) Government Department; or

(ii) a Public Sector Undertaking; or

(iii) a local authority;or

(iv) a statutory body:

Provided further that the Commissioner or an officer authorized by him in this behalf may remove the said restriction after such verifications and such safeguards as he may deem fit.".

In Rule 138(10), w.e.f.1st January 2021,-

  1. One day Validity of an e-way bill or a consolidated e-way bill was earlier up to 100 Km. but now it has been changed from "100 km." to "200 km."
  2. One additional day will be allowed for every 200 Km or part of thereafter, earlier it was "100 km.".

In Rule 138E, -

(a) in clause (b), for the words "two months", the words "two tax periods" shall be substituted;

(b) after clause (c), the following clause (d) shall be inserted -

"(d) being a person, whose registration has been suspended under the provisions of sub-rule (1) or sub-rule (2) or sub-rule (2A) of rule 21A.".

FORM-31 shall be inserted which is related to Intimation for suspension and notice for cancellation of registration.

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