Let us not talk about of ease of business. New GST rules will result in liquidity blockages for the businessmen.

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Let us not talk about of ease of business. New GST rules will result in liquidity blockages for the businessmen.

Let us not talk about of ease of business. New GST rules will result in liquidity blockages for the businessmen.

 

Addtitinal funds to get blocked after new set off Rules in GST. On the one side, every Government talks about esse of business. On the other side, it leaves no stone unturned to make life difficult for the businessmen. Most of the amendmnen lacks logics.

One such change is about the recent changes in the  GST set off Rules whereby

taxpayers will be required to pay GST even if they have ITC balance w.e.f. 01.02.2019.

Courtesy: Government Amended CGST Act

The government has amended CGST Act 2017 vide CGST Amendment Act 2018 with various changes w.e.f and one of the important amendment was made in Section 49 of CGST Act by introducing new section 49A after the section 49, which reads as under:

49A. Notwithstanding anything contained in section 49, the input tax credit on account of central tax, State tax or Union territory tax shall be utilized towards payment of integrated tax, central tax, State tax or Union territory tax, as the case may be, only after the input tax credit available on account of integrated tax has first been utilized fully towards such payment

Section 49 (5) of CGST Act 2017 speaks about manner of utilising Input Tax Credit (ITC) for payment of GST output Tax liability, e.g IGST can be Set off against IGST and then CGST and SGST, CGST cane be set off against CGST and then against IGST, and SGST can be set off against SGST and then against IGST.

Amendment –  Impact :

Government has changed the order of setoff by introducing section 49A w.e.f and now IGST Credit should be set off fully before taking any setoff of CGST or SGST. Which means earlier CGST/SGST ITC was used to set-off CGST /SGST liability, as the case may be, but now IGST Credit has to be 1st utilised fully for payment of IGST then for CGST and then for SGST liability as the case may be, even before utilisation of ITC of CGST or SGST.

Let us understand it with an example. Say supplier for February 2019 has following data for filing GST 3B

Output tax liability

IGST- Rs 200

CGST-Rs 200

SGST- Rs 200

Total- Rs 600

ITC Available

IGST- Rs 300

CGST-Rs 200

SGST- Rs 100

Total- Rs 600

Prior to  01.02.2019, set off  permissible was as under

NO TAX IS TO BE PAYABLE

IGST liability of Rs 200 set off from IGST ITC

CGST liability of Rs 200 set off from CGST ITC

SGST liability of Rs 200 set off from remaining IGST ITC of Rs 100 and SGST ITC of Rs 100

But After 01.02.2019, present to Section 49A, set off was as under:

Supplier need to Pay Rs 100 from its pocket despite of having ITC available

IGST liability of Rs 200 set off from IGST ITC

CGST liability of Rs 200 set off from remaining IGST ITC of Rs 100 and CGST ITC of Rs 100

SGST liability of Rs 200 set off from SGST ITC of Rs 100 and rest liability of Rs 100 will be paid in cash

Note

IGST credit 1st used against IGST, and also IGST 1st need to be set off against CGST and then only CGST credit can be set off against CGST, by amending the section 49A supplier need to pay Tax of Rs 100 from his pocket.

It is believed that the taxpayer is on the one side and the Government is on the other side. Former is taxpayer where as later is Tax Collector. An ideal practice would be to allow all free adjustment without any restrictions. It would not only provide ease of business but will also give liquidity to the taxpayer for its business. New GST rules will result in liquidity blockages for the businessmen.

Hope some one listening.

 

 

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