25th GST Meeting- Making GST Business-compliant

By Mayank Agarwal (finserv@vinodkothari.com)

The 25th meeting of the GST Council held on 18th January, 2018 has shown that the Government has not turned a blind eye to the pleas of the industry and is willing to cooperate with them to make GST a more simplified and business-compliant structure of the Indirect Taxation System.

The amount of GST revenue for the month of December reflected a reversal in trend for the first time since its inception, recording an increase in the revenue generated. However, there were still widespread concerns about the alarmingly low collection under the Composition Scheme. Hence, amendments to the Composition Scheme structure and the guidelines relating to the implementation of E-Way Bill took the centre stage during the meeting.

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GST Council brings down the rate of GST on used cars, besides others

By Abhirup Ghosh, (abhirup@vinodkothari.com, finserv@vinodkothari.com)

The GST Council met for the 25th time on 18th January, 2018 to modify the GST law in order to tackle the difficulties being faced in the market. The Council recommended several changes to the law among and one of the change that has can cause a significant impact on the vehicle industry is reduction of rate of tax on sale or purchase of used motor vehicles. Read more

Major rejig in the GST law with respect to car leasing/ renting business

GST Division, (gst@vinodkothari.com)

 

Introduction

Vehicle leasing business in India has been gaining popularity ever since its inception in the year 2005. In the past few years, the industry has picked up pace and become the preferred mode of procuring a vehicle given its temporary and simplistic structure. The vehicle leasing market in India is estimated to be worth around Rs. 1500 crores, with a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of about 15-20%.[1] Although the market is scattered in nature, with around 30 companies in India carrying out the business of vehicle leasing, companies such as LeasePlan, Tranzlease, Orix India are some of the established players in this market. With a high percentage of working age population of around 925 million by 2020, and 70% of compact car owners belonging to an age group of below 35 years, the Indian vehicle leasing market has the potential to double its value in the coming 3 to 5 years.[2] While the core business of leasing companies in India involves leasing to corporations who provide the vehicles to their employees, the booming cab sector is also another area forms a chunk of their portfolio. Read more

GST and CSR Expenditure

Vallari Dubey

finserv@vinodkothari.com

 

Introduction

Indian companies, especially public and listed companies are actively engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) activities. Moreover, since the introduction of Companies Act, 2013, the law has mandated compulsory CSR expenditure for a specific class of companies. In the recent months, with the advent of GST, life of corporates has experienced all sorts of challenges in terms of operational flexibility and cost. One such aspect that has not been shed much light on, is the impact of GST on CSR activities and expenditure thereon by the companies. To understand this better, we take a scenario of donating water purifiers as part of a Company’s CSR policy. In this article, we try to detail out the analysis of such scenario by studying the provisions of GST and Companies Act, 2013. Read more

GST Rates on services relating to Motor Vehicles

By GST Division (gst@vinodkothari.com)

 

The GST rates assigned for transaction in relation to motor vehicle is summarized in the below table:

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FAQs on GST on Directors’ Remuneration

By Ankit Bhalotia ,gst@vinodkothari.com

The GST law, introduced with effect from 1st July, 2017, makes a major rejig in the indirect tax system in the country. With its introduction, several concepts have been brought up, playing with the minds of the people. One such concept that has created havoc is the reverse charge mechanism and its viding applicability. Services of director i.e. sitting fees, commission has been covered under the Government notified services on which the tax would be payable on reverse charge.

Following are the some of the pertaining questions answered in respect of GST on Director Services Read more

Rates for goods and services notified: Impact on leasing business

By Abhirup Ghosh, (gst@vinodkothari.com)

On the headway to GST, which is going to be introduced from 1st July, 2017, the Government of India is doing substantial amount of law making each day. In the past few days the Government has not only finalised the rules but has also notified the final rates for goods and services. Read more

Will GST provisions be a body blow to reverse factoring?, by Nidhi Bothra

Come midnight of 30th June, 2017, with the hitting of the gong, India will have its tryst begin with GST. The GST implementation and digging deeper into the provisions seemingly will go hand-in-hand. This article intends to discuss small proviso to the input credit availability provision in the Central GST Act (CGST Act) and its implications on trade financing. The nuances are worth the consideration and mulling. Read more

GST implications for sale of repossessed assets, by Nidhi Bothra

Lending is always to good borrowers but often the good borrowers become bad borrowers. Thus, the business of lending brings with it the trouble of enforcement of security interests as well. The repossession of the collateral asset and eventual sale for recovery of the losses due to default are a common phenomenon in lending business. This article deals with the GST implications for sale of repossessed assets. Read more