The 40th GST Council Meeting was conducted in Delhi on 12th June 2020 chaired by Union Finance & Corporate Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitaraman. This is the first video conference council meeting held after the country was under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whilst the industry expectations were on in relation to relief in terms of the below-mentioned perspectives, the council was focused on small taxpayers and taxpayers who did not file returns for the period Jul 2017 to Jan 2020:-
- Extension of the due date of availing credit for FY 2018-19 currently being the due date of the return for the month of September 2020 for the F.Y. 2019-20;
- Extension of due dates of compliances falling between March to September 2020;
- Reduction in tax rates for varied kinds of raw materials.
Key recommendations of the council on Law and procedure changes are outlined below:
Relief Provided For Past Compliances
To clean up the pendency in return filing, late fees for non-furnishing of Form GSTR 3B for the period from July 2017 to January 2020 has been –
- Waived as ‘Nil’ late fee if there is no tax liability
- Capped at a maximum of Rs. 500/- per return if there is any liability
However, the returns need to be submitted between 1st July 2020 to 30th September 2020.
Relief To Small Taxpayers On Delayed Monthly Compliances
- For February, March and April 2020
|Class of registered persons||Rate of interest till notified date||
Rate of interest after Notified date till 30th September 2020
|Taxpayers having an aggregate turnover>1.5 crores rupees <=5 crores rupees in the preceding financial year||Nil||Reduced interest at the rate of 9%||For February and March 2020- 29th June 2020. For April, 2020-30th June 2020.|
|Taxpayers having an aggregate turnover<=1.5 crores rupees in the preceding financial year||Nil||Reduced interest at the rate of 9%||If GSTR-3B is furnished on or before: February- 30th June 2020 March- 3rd July 2020 April- 6th July 2020|
- For May, June and July, 2020
Class of registered Persons –
|Rate of interest||Late Fees||
|Taxpayers having an aggregate turnover<5 crores rupees in the preceding financial year||Nil||Nil||If GSTR-3B is furnished on or before 30th September 2020 (staggered dates to be notified)|
Cancellation Of Registration: Extended Time For Revocation
In all cases where GST registrations are cancelled till 12th June, 2020, application of revocation can be filed till 30th September, 2020.
Earlier, extension has been recommended for revocation of registration cancelled till 14th March, 2020. As the extended date falls in the lockdown period and to help genuine cases, council has put forth this recommendation.
The above recommendations would be given effect through Circulars/Notifications in the due course of time.
The council has also indicated certain provisions of the Finance Act, 2020 amending the GST law which will be brought into effect from 30 June 2020. CBIC Notifications are awaited to understand further details on this aspect.