The GST Council, in its meeting recommended the following Law & Procedure related changes:

1.Relaxation in filing of annual returns for MSMEs for FY 2017-18 and FY 2018-19 as under:   

a.waiver of the requirement of filing FORM GSTR-9A for Composition Tax payers for the said tax period

b.filing of FORM GSTR-9 for those taxpayers who (are required to file the said return but) have aggregate turnover up to Rs. 2 crores made optional for the said tax periods

2. A Committee of Officers to be constituted to examine the simplification of Forms for Annual Return and reconciliation statement.

3.In order to nudge taxpayers to timely file their statement of outward supplies, imposition of restrictions on availment of input tax credit by the recipients in cases where details of outward supplies are not furnished by the suppliers.

4.New return system now to be introduced from April, 2020 (earlier proposed from October, 2019), in order to give ample opportunity to taxpayers as well as the system to adapt and accordingly specifying the due date for furnishing of return in FORM GSTR-3B and details of outward supplies in FORM GSTR-1 for the period October, 2019 -March, 2020.

5.Issuance of circulars for uniformity in application of law across all jurisdictions:

a.procedure to claim refund in FORM GST RFD-01A subsequent to favorable order in appeal or any other forum

b.eligibility to file a refund application in FORM GST RFD-01A for a period and category under which a NIL refund application has already been filed 

c.clarification regarding supply of Information Technology enabled Services being made on own account or as intermediary

6.Rescinding of Circular No.105/24/2019-GST dated 28.06.2019ab-initio, which was issued in respect of post-sales discount.

7.Integrated refund system with disbursal by single authority to be introduced from 24th September, 2019.

8.In principle decision to link Aadhar with registration of taxpayers under GST and examine the possibility of making Aadhar mandatory for claiming refunds.

9.In order to tackle the menace of fake invoices and fraudulent refunds, in principle decision to prescribe reasonable restrictions on passing of credit by risky taxpayers including risky new taxpayers.

The decisions taken by the GST Council has been reproduced here in simplified language. For the actual notifications it is prudent to refer to the official notifications issued by the Government.The document shall not be construed as professional advice or an opinion


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