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The GST Council's 38th Meeting was held on the 18th December 2019. Here are the council's decision on rate changes and on law and procedure:

GST Council’s decisions On Rate Changes

  • To exempt upfront amount payable for long term lease of industrial/ financial infrastructure plots by an entity having 20% or more ownership of Central or State Government. Presently, the exemption is available to an entity having 50% or more ownership of Central or State Government. This change shall become effective from 1st January, 2020.
  • To levy a single rate of GST @ 28% on both State run and State authorized lottery. This change shall become effective from 1st March, 2020.
  • The Council also considered the rate of GST rate on Woven and Non-Woven Bags and sacks  of polyethylene or polypropylene strips or the like , whether or not laminated, of a kind used for packing of goods ( HS code 3923/6305)in view of the requests received post the changes recommended on such goods in last meeting and recommended to raise the GST to a uniform rate of 18%(from 12%) on all such bags falling under HS 3923/6305 including Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBC). This change shall become effective from 1st January, 2020.

GST Council’s decisions regarding Law and Procedure related changes

  • Grievance Redressal Committees (GRC) will be constituted at Zonal/State level with both CGST and SGST officers and including representatives of trade and industry and other GST stakeholders (GST practitioners and GSTN etc.). These committees will address grievances of specific/ general nature of taxpayers at the Zonal/ State level.
  • Due date for annual return in FORM GSTR-9 and reconciliation statement in FORM GSTR-9C for FY 2017-18 to be extended to 31.01.2020.

Following measures would be taken to improve filing of FORM GSTR-1:

  • Waiver of late fee to be given to all taxpayers in respect of all pending FORM GSTR-1from July 2017 to November 2019, if the same are filed by 10.01.2020.
  • E-way Bill for taxpayers who have not filed their FORM GSTR-1 for two tax periods shall be blocked.
  • Input tax credit to the recipient in respect of invoices or debit notes that are not reflected in his FORM GSTR-2A shall be restricted to 10 per cent of the eligible credit available in respect of invoices or debit notes reflected in his FORM GSTR-2A.
  • To check the menace of fake invoices, suitable action to be taken for blocking of fraudulently availed input tax credit in certain situations.
  • A Standard Operating Procedure for tax officers would be issued in respect of action to be taken in cases of non-filing of FORM GSTR 3B returns.
  • Due date of filing GST returns for the month of November, 2019 to be extended in respect of a few North Eastern States.
  • The Council also approved various law amendments which will be introduced in Budget 2020.
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