Key Features of GST Bill, Salient Features of GST Bill 2017

Key Features of GST Bill: Recently Lok Sabha passed four GST related Bills on March 29,2017 i.e. Central GST Bill,2017 2. Integrated GST Bill,2017 3. Union Territory GST Bill,2017 4. GST (Compensation to States) Bill,2017. The GST Bills have been introduced as Money Bills. Rajya Sabha may recommend amendments which may or may not be considered by the Lok Sabha which is being discussed on 05.04.2017. The Bills will finally move to the President for assent which are rapidly usher the new indirect tax regime, most likely from July 1, 2017.

The GST Council will soon roll out the fitment of goods into the rate slabs as well as the final rules relating to GST. State legislatures are also expected to enact to approve the SGST legislations in respective states. Jammu and Kashmir will have to pass special laws to introduce GST as the current Constitutional status does not mandate it.

GST Bill 2017 Key Features

Key Features of GST Bill

  1. GST is a major milestone in indirect tax reforms in independent India. GST is a common and unified tax on goods and services. It is a destination based consumption tax. It is applicable all over India including Jammu & Kashmir. It adorns dual taxation model where Union and states levy and collect taxes simultaneously. It ensures seamless flow of input tax credit to a large extent. It has been designed to be fully automated and online. A giant portal called GSTN is being used to ensure working of the GST system which is the IT backbone of GST.
  2. Actual GST rates would however be a four-tier tax structure of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent as approved by the GST Council
  3. The first country to implement Goods & Services Tax was France in as early as 1954.
  4. India has the highest tax slab in the world i.e., 28%, next only to Argentina which is at 27%
  5. Almost 160 countries around the world follow this scheme of indirect taxation
  6. Indian GST has four rate structure, viz. 5%, 12%, 18% and 28% with cess on sin goods and luxury items
  7. There is a special rate of 3% on precious metals like gold
  8. GST is covered under five legislations i.e., Central GST Act, State GST Act, Integrated GST Act, Union Territory GST Act and GST (Compensation to States) Act
  9. Integrated GST, Compensation cess and Central GST are charged by Central Government
  10. All taxation policies and their implementation are based on the recommendations of the GST Council
  11. The taxable event under GST is supply
  12. GST Bill was introduced under 122nd Constitutional Amendment Bill, but passed under 101st Amendment Act, 2016
  13. Assam was the first state to ratify GST Bill but Telangana was the first state to pass State GST Bill
  14. GST Council was constituted with its headquarters in Delhi. The Union Finance Minister is the Chairperson
  15. State Finance Ministers are members of GST Council
  16. 1st July will be observed as the GST day
  17. The threshold limit under GST is Rs. 20 Lakhs, for some special category states it is Rs. 10 Lakhs
  18. There is a special purpose vehicle called GSTN which caters the IT needs of GST. GSTN comes under Companies Act, 2013 with combined stake of Central and State Governments is 49%. The rest is contributed by LIC Finance with 11% and ICICI Bank, HDFC, HDFC Bank and NSE Strategic Investment Corporation with 10% each.
  19. GST Council is meeting frequently to monitor and modify taxation policies. In order to simplify the procedures, it relaxed the system of filing the returns for small suppliers upto the annual turnover of Rs.1.5 crore. These suppliers can file returns quarterly instead of monthly.
  20. The GST Council also recommended a uniform policy on e way bill which is being implemented all over the country. This totally eliminates the check post system breaking the entry barriers and reducing bottlenecks in transportation.
  21. GST Council has also reviewed the rate structure of GST on goods and services. It also recommended reduction of rates on cases of merit.

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