42nd GST Council Meeting: Media briefing by FM Nirmala Sitharaman


05.10.2020: The Finance Minister Smt. N. Sitharaman is chairing the 42nd GST Council meeting via video conferencing in New Delhi today. Similarly, Shri. Anurag Thakur, Finance Ministers of States & UTs, and Senior officers from Union Government & States are also present in the meeting.

Thus, the finance Minster will hold a virtual media briefing on the outcomes of the 42nd GST Council meeting today at 5:45 PM in New Delhi today. You may view the live video here.

Recommendations of 42nd GST Council meeting

The 42nd GST Council met under the Chairmanship of Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman through video conferencing here today. The meeting was also attended by the Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Shri Anurag Thakur besides Finance Ministers of States & UTs and senior officers of the Ministry of Finance& States/ UTs. 

The GST Council has made the following recommendations: 

1.    Levy of Compensation Cess to be extended beyond the transition period of five years i.e. beyond June 2022, for such period as may be required to meet the revenue gap. Further details are to be worked out.

 2.    Centre is releasing compensation of ₹ 20,000 crores to States today towards loss of revenue during 2020-21 and an amount of about ₹ 25,000 crores towards IGST of 2017-18 by next week.

 3.    Enhancement in features of return filing: In its 39th Meeting held in March 2020, the Council had recommended an incremental approach to incorporate features of the new return system in the present familiar GSTR-1/3B scheme. Various enhancements have since been made available on the GST Common Portal.

With a view to further enhance Ease of Doing Business and improve the compliance experience, the Council has approved the future roadmap for return filing under GST. The approved framework aims to simplify return filing and further reduce the taxpayer’s compliance burden in this regard significantly, such that the timely furnishing of details of outward supplies (GSTR-1) by a taxpayer and his suppliers would –

(i) allow him to view the ITC available in his electronic credit ledger from all sources i.e. domestic supplies, imports and payments on reverse charge, etc. prior to the due date for payment of tax, and

(ii) enable the system to auto-populate return (GSTR-3B)through the data filed by the taxpayer and all his suppliers. In other words, the timely filing of the GSTR-1 statement alone would be sufficient as the return in FORM GSTR-3B would get auto-prepared on the common portal. To this end the Council recommended/decided the following:

a.     Due date of furnishing quarterly GSTR-1 by quarterly taxpayers to be revised to 13th of the month succeeding the quarter w.e.f. 01.1.2021;

b.    Roadmap for auto-generation of GSTR-3B from GSTR-1s by:

i.      Auto-population of liability from own GSTR-1 w.e.f. 01.01.2021; and

ii.      Auto-population of the input tax credit from suppliers’ GSTR-1s through the newly developed facility in FORM GSTR-2B for monthly filers w.e.f. 01.01.2021 and for quarterly filers w.e.f. 01.04.2021;

c.     In order to ensure auto-population of ITC and liability in GSTR 3B as detailed above, FORM GSTR 1 would be mandatorily required to be filed before FORM GSTR3B w.e.f. 01.04.2021.

d.    The present GSTR-1/3B return filing system to be extended till 31.03.2021 and the GST laws to be amended to make the GSTR-1/3B return filing system the default return filing system.

4.    As a further step towards reducing the compliance burden particularly on the small taxpayers having aggregate annual turnover < Rs. 5 cr., the Council’s earlier recommendation of allowing filing of returns on a quarterly basis with monthly payments by such taxpayers to be implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2021. Such quarterly taxpayers would, for the first two months of the quarter, have an option to pay 35% of the net cash tax liability of the last quarter using an auto-generated challan. 

5.    Revised Requirement of declaring HSN for goods and SAC for services in invoices and in FORM GSTR-1w.e.f. 01.04.2021 as under:

a.     HSN/SAC at 6 digits for supplies of both goods and services for taxpayers with aggregate annual turnover above Rs. 5 crores;

b.    HSN/SAC at 4 digits for B2B supplies of both goods and services for taxpayers with aggregate annual turnover up to Rs. 5 crores;

c.     Government to have the power to notify 8 digit HSN on the notified class of supplies by all taxpayers.

6.    Amendment to the CGST Rules: Variousamendments in the CGST Rules and FORMS have been recommended which includes provision for furnishing of Nil FORM CMP-08 through SMS.

7.    Refund to be paid/disbursed in a validated bank account linked with the PAN &Aadhaar of the registrant w.e.f. 01.01.2021. 

8.    To encourage domestic launching of satellites particularly by young start-ups, the satellite launch services supplied by ISRO, Antrix Corporation Ltd., and NSIL would be exempted.

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