39th GST Council Meeting: Key Highlights

|Updated on: March 19, 2021

The 39th GST council meeting was held in the Capital on March 14th, 2020. Headed by honourable Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, several key decisions were taken during this meeting. Below are the key highlights from the 39th GST council meeting.

Deferment of the new GST return system and e-invoicing

The implementation of the new GST return system has been postponed to 1st October 2020. Also, the implementation of e-invoicing and the QR code has been deferred to 1st October 2020. The present return system (GSTR-1, GSTR-2A & GSTR-3B) will be continued until September 2020.

Changes in the GST rates

  • GST on mobile phones and specified parts was increased from 12% to 18%. This decision was taken to avoid difficulties due to the inverted duty structure
  • All types of matches have been rationalised to a single GST rate of 12%. Till now, the handmade ones were taxed at 5% and the rest was taxed at 18%
  • GST on Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) service in respect to aircraft was reduced from 18% to 5% with full ITC
  • All these rate changes will come into effect from 01 April 2020

Waivers and extensions of due dates

  • The GSTR-9 & 9C deadline is extended to 30 June 2020 for FY 2018-19. Also, the turnover limit will be increased from Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore for mandatory annual return filing. Hence, filing GSTR-9C is optional for the taxpayers having the turnover less than Rs 5 crore
  • The taxpayers with an aggregate annual turnover of less than Rs 2 crore in FY 2017-18 and FY 2018-19 will not pay any late fee for delayed filing of GSTR-9
  • The GSTR-1 for 2019-20 will be waived for certain taxpayers who could not opt for the special composition scheme (notification No. 2/2019-Central Tax (Rate) dated 7th March 2019) by filing Form CMP-02
  • The due date of Form GSTR-3B for July 2019 to January 2020 is extended till 24th March 2020 for taxpayers with a principal place of business in the Union Territory of Ladakh. Also, a similar extension is recommended for Form GSTR-1 and Form GSTR-7

Other updates

  • Interest for delayed GST payment will be calculated on the net tax liability. This amendment will apply retrospectively from 1st July 2017
  • A new scheme called ‘Know your Supplier’ has been introduced so that the taxpayers are informed about the basic details of the suppliers with whom they transact or propose to conduct business
  • Taxpayers who have cancelled their GST registration till 14th March 2020 can file an application for revocation of cancellation of registration. The window to fill this application is available till 30th June 2020. The extension is a one-time measurement to facilitate those who want to continue conducting the business
  • Refund claims will now be processed in bulk for the benefit of the exporters
  • Present IGST and cess exemptions on the imports made under the AA/EPCG/EOU schemes will continue up to 31st March 2021
  • A transition plan is laid down till 31st May 2020 for the taxpayers belonging to Dadra and Nagar Haveli & Daman and Diu, due to the merger in January 2020
  • The time limit for finalisation of the e-Wallet scheme for consumers is extended till 31st March 2021
  • A special GST procedure was prescribed during the CIRP period for the GST registered corporates who are undergoing insolvency/resolution procedure under IBC Code, 2016
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