AAAR Confirmed the decision of AAR on NO ITC on Computers, laptops etc for transitional period
The Appellate Authority for Advance Rulings (AAAR) has held that the transitional credit under Kerala GST Act is not allowable for computers, laptops etc., which were utilized for providing the output services.
As on 30th June 2017, the applicants had in their possession physical stock of goods such as computers, laptops etc., which were utilized by them in providing the output services as on 30th June 2017. They availed transitional credit on closing stock of computers, laptops and other goods lying in the physical possession of the applicant as on 30th June, 2017 placing reliance on the transitional provisions.
The question before the authority was whether computers, laptops etc., used by the applicant for providing output service would qualify as inputs for the purpose of availing transitional ITC under Section 140(3) of KSGST Act? Secondly, if the goods are physically available as closing stock as on 30th June, 2017, can the applicant avail ITC for the VAT paid?
The authority noted that capital goods for the purpose of Chapter XX of the Act, excludes those goods, which are used in the rendering of services. Therefore, laptops, computers etc., used by the Appellant in providing its output service would not qualify as capital goods for the purpose of the transitional provisions under the Act. By virtue of the same, the said laptops, computers etc. would qualify as inputs under Section 140(3) of the Act.
In the pre-GST period, the services provided by the Appellant did not have any liability under the Kerala VAT law and the Computers, Laptops etc., used by them were stated as Capital Assets in their books of accounts.
In the GST period, the services provided by the Appellant are liable to GST and the Computers, Laptops etc., used by them are continued to be stated as Capital Assets in their books of accounts.
It was, therefore, held that in the GST period, the input tax credit of Tax paid on Computers, Laptops etc., can only be claimed as “Capital Goods” but not as “Inputs.”
The authority said, “As per KSGST Act, 2017, a registered person is eligible for Input Tax Credit, if he is also eligible under the KSGST Act, 2017 to claim the Input Tax credit on such Inputs. Since, the Computers, laptops etc., fail to qualify as “Inputs” under KSGST Act, 2017 and thereby fail to satisfy the condition set under Clause (ii) of Section 140(3) of the KSGST Act, 20 l7, hence they are not eligible to claim Input Tax credit under transitional provisions of the VAT paid during the pre-GST period on the computers and laptops etc., physically available on 30th June, 2017,”
It was also held that the Computers, Laptops etc., which were lying in stock as on 30.06.2017 were declared as capital assets prior to GST and used by the appellant for providing output services. Thereby they had no tax liability. Further, they squarely fall under the definition of ‘Capital Goods” under Section 2(19) of the KSGST Act, 2017 and not under Section 2(59) of the KSGST Act, 2017. Hence the relevant transitional provision applicable in the instant case is Section 140(2) of the KSGST Act, 2017 and Section 140(3) of the KSOST Act cannot be invoked.
As per section 140(2) of the KSGST Act 2017, a registered person, other than a person opting to pay under Section 10, shall be entitled to take, in his electronic credit ledger, credit of un-availed input tax credit in respect of capital goods, not carried forward in a return, furnished under the existing law by him, for the period ending with the day immediately preceding the appointed day in such manner as may be prescribed.
The Computers, Laptops etc. used for providing output service would not qualify as inputs, though they are physically available as on 30th June, 2017, for the purpose of availing transitional ITC input tax credit of the VAT paid during the pre-GST period, under Section 140 of the KSGST Act, 2017