Important Changes in GST w.e.f. January 01, 2021
1. E Invoicing for Turnover above Rs 100 crores
88/2020–CT dated November 10, 2020 Amended Notification No. 13/2020 – CT dated March 21, 2020
E-invoicing made applicable to Registered Person (other than SEZ unit, Insurance Company, banking company, financial institution including non-banking financial institution, GTA, supplier of passenger transportation service, supplier of services by way of admission to exhibition of cinematograph films in multiplex screens) whose aggregate turnover in any preceding financial year from 2017-18 onwards exceeds Rs. 100 crore in respect of supply of goods or services or both or for exports.
2. ITC on debit notes
Finance Act 2020, Section 16(4) [Eligibility and conditions for taking Input Tax Credit (“ITC”)]
Delinks availment of ITC on debit notes with the date of issuance of the original invoice. Thus, ITC on debit notes issued after 6 months from the end of the financial year to which invoice pertains can be availed post amendment.
3. TDS certificate under Section 51 of the CGST Act has been removed
Finance Act 2020, Section 51(3) (Tax deduction at source)
The requirement for the deductor to issue TDS certificate under Section 51 of the CGST Act has been removed with new rules to be prescribed for issuance of such certificates, and accordingly, the provision for fees (penalty) for the delay in issuance of such certificate has been omitted.
4. Reduction in ITC entitlement for invoices not furnished by supplier from 10% to 5%
CGST (Fourteenth Amendment) Rules 94/2020-CT dated December 22, 2020 Rule 36(4) amended (effective from January 1, 2021)
Restriction on claiming ITC in respect of invoices/debit notes not furnished by the suppliers has now been reduced from 10% to 5% of eligible credit available in GSTR-2B.
5. Restricting use of ITC amount for discharging output tax liability in GST
CGST (Fourteenth Amendment) Rules 94/2020-CT dated December 22, 2020 New Rule 86B introduced (effective from January 1, 2021)
It is applicable where value of taxable supply other than exempt supply and export, in a month exceeds INR 50 lakh.
Taxpayer is not allowed to use ITC in excess of 99% of output tax liability.
Certain exceptions provided to above restrictions are:
- If the registered person has paid more than INR 1 lakh as income tax under the Income-tax Act, 1961 in each of the last two financial years.
- If the registered person has received a refund amount of more than INR 1 lakh in the preceding financial year on account of export under LUT/Bond or inverted tax structure.
- If the registered person has discharged his liability towards output tax through the electronic cash ledger for an amount which is in excess of 1% of the total output tax liability, applied cumulatively, upto the said month in the current financial year
- If the registered person is the Government Department, Public Sector Undertaking, Local Authority or Statutory Body.
6. Validity of e-way bill narrowed by increasing distance from 100 km. to 200 km. per day
CGST (Fourteenth Amendment) Rules 94/2020-CT dated December 22, 2020 Rule 138 amended (effective from January 1, 2021)
E-way bill will now be valid for 1 day for every 200 km of travel, as against 100 km earlier, in cases other than Over Dimensional Cargo or multimodal shipment in which at least one leg involves transport by ship.
For every 200 km. or part thereof thereafter, one additional day will be allowed
7. Time limit for filing Form GSTR-1
GSTR-183/2020– CT dated November 10, 2020Extends the time limit for furnishing the details of outward supplies in Form GSTR-1
If opted in for/ by default Quarterly Return Filing and Monthly Payment of Taxes: The 13th day of the next month succeeding such quarter
Due dates for GSTR-1 for monthly filers continued at 11th of next month
8. Scheme of quarterly return filing along with monthly payment of taxes for registered person having aggregate turnover up to Rs. 5 crores
84/2020–CT dated November 10, 2020Notified class of persons w.r.t. implementation of the Quarterly Return Filing and Monthly Payment of Taxes (“QRMP”) Scheme
- A registered person who is required to furnish a return in Form GSTR-3B, and who has an aggregate turnover of up to 5 crore rupees in the preceding financial year, is eligible for the QRMP Scheme w.e.f. January 1, 2021, subject to following conditions:
(i) the return for the preceding month, as due on the date of exercising such option, has been furnished:
(ii) where such option has been exercised once, they shall continue to furnish the return as per the selected option for future tax periods, unless they revise the same
- A registered person whose aggregate turnover crosses five crore rupees during a quarter in a financial year shall not be eligible for furnishing of return on quarterly basis from the first month of the succeeding quarter.
Note: The option to avail QRMP Scheme is GSTIN wise. Therefore, few GSTINs under one PAN can opt for the Scheme and remaining GSTINs may remain out of the Scheme.
9. Special procedure for making payment of 35% as tax liability in first two months by small taxpayers
85/2020–CT dated November 10, 2020Special procedure for making payment of 35% as tax liability in first two months by small taxpayers
Registered Persons notified under proviso to sub-section (1) of Section 39 of the CGST Act, who have opted to furnish a return for every quarter or part thereof, may pay the tax dues in first month or second month or both months of the quarter under proviso to Section 39(7) of the CGST Act, by way of making a deposit of an amount in the electronic cash ledger equivalent to, –
- 35% of the tax liability paid by debiting the e-cash ledger in the return for the preceding quarter where the return is furnished quarterly; or
- The tax liability paid by debiting the electronic cash ledger in the return for the last month of the immediately preceding quarter where the return is furnished monthly:
No amount is required to be deposited:
- for the 1st month of the quarter, where the balance in the e-cash ledger or e-credit ledger is adequate for the tax liability for the said month or where there is nil tax liability;
- for the 2nd month of the quarter, where the balance in the e-cash ledger or e-credit ledger is adequate for the cumulative tax liability for the first and the second month of the quarter or where there is nil tax liability.
Note: Registered Person shall not be eligible for this special procedure unless he has furnished the return for a complete tax period (in which the person is registered from the first day of the tax period till the last day of the tax period) preceding such month.