Excerpts from GST Council’s 8th Meeting

What were the main points in the GST Council’s 8th meeting? 

The main points of discussion in the 8th GST council meeting were as follows:

In the 8th GST council meeting, the group of members didn’t have any common agreements on the issue of dual control. This issue made people think differently as many had different views on this topic. The State does not want the Centre to have the authority over all the small tax paying entities whereas The State does not have any problem in having Dual Control with the Centre for the authority of all the bigger tax payers. The Council also cannot decide the turnover to defy a small taxpayer from a bigger one, for some a company having a turnover below 5 crores will be a small tax payer whereas as per the Centre a company having a turnover of 1.5 crores will also be a small tax payer. The centre is not ready to accept the demands of state for access over 1.5 crores in case of small tax payers. The council wants to consider a high cut off rate and wants the Central Goods and Services Tax to be administered by the Centre and the tax payers below that cut off should be administered by the State.

CESS will be charged on many more goods such as luxury goods, aerated drinks, tobacco products and on high-end cars. The ultra-luxury goods and sin goods will have a GST cess for a period of 5 years. The major part of CESS will depend upon the current incidence of tax, if the clause of GST cess for 5 years raises any profit, then the council will decide on how to use these profits to compensate any other losses incurred by the State or Centre. Only the Clean Environment Cess will be retained and all the funds will be used to compensations.

The Government is deliberating all representation from Trade and Industry in the implementation of the GST bill. The Commerce and Industry sectors has given representation from officials to the GST council. The banking and insurance sector also has given representation to understand the impact of GST on products.


State Start Date End Date
Puducherry 08-11-2016 07-12-2016
Sikkim 08-11-2016 07-12-2016
Maharashtra 14-11-2016 07-12-2016
Goa 14-11-2016 07-12-2016
Daman and Diu 14-11-2016 07-12-2016
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 14-11-2016 07-12-2016
Chhattisgarh 14-11-2016 07-12-2016
Gujarat 15-11-2016 07-12-2016
Odisha 30-11-2016 15-12-2016
Jharkhand 30-11-2016 15-12-2016
Bihar 30-11-2016 15-12-2016
West Bengal 30-11-2016 15-12-2016
Madhya Pradesh 30-11-2016 15-12-2016
Assam 30-11-2016 15-12-2016
Tripura 30-11-2016 15-12-2016
Meghalaya 30-11-2016 15-12-2016
Nagaland 30-11-2016 15-12-2016
Arunachal Pradesh 30-11-2016 15-12-2016
Mizoram 30-11-2016 15-12-2016
Manipur 30-11-2016 15-12-2016
Uttar Pradesh 16-12-2016 31-12-2016
Jammu & Kashmir 16-12-2016 31-12-2016
Delhi 16-12-2016 31-12-2016
Chandigarh 16-12-2016 31-12-2016
Haryana 16-12-2016 31-12-2016
Punjab 16-12-2016 31-12-2016
Uttarakhand 16-12-2016 31-12-2016
Himachal Pradesh 16-12-2016 31-12-2016
Rajasthan 16-12-2016 31-12-2016
Kerala 01-01-2017 15-01-2017
Tamil Nadu 01-01-2017 15-01-2017
Karnataka 01-01-2017 15-01-2017
Telangana 01-01-2017 15-01-2017
Andhra Pradesh 01-01-2017 15-01-2017
Enrolment of Taxpayers who are registered under Central Excise Act but not registered under State VAT 05-01-2017 31-01-2017
Enrolment of Taxpayers who are registered under Service Tax Act but not registered under State VAT 09-01-2017 31-01-2017
New registration under VAT/Service Tax/Central Excise after August 2016 01-02-2017 20-03-2017

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The Goods and Services Tax is destination based indirect tax, levied at the time of consumption of goods and services by the ultimate consumer. It also aims at simplifying the present tax structure in India. It subsumes taxes like Central indirect taxes – Service Tax, Additional Customs Duty, Special Additional Customs Duty, Central Excise Duty, and Countervailing Duty, and Sale indirect taxes – Sales Tax, Central Sales Tax, Entertainment Tax, Luxury Tax, and Octroi/ Entry Tax.GST is just like a duty just on value addition at every stage. The end consumer subsequently bears the GST charged by the last merchant in the Sales Network, with set-off advantages at all the past stages. With the GST all set to be rolled out, we look at the registration procedure.


Any person carrying on any business who has a taxable supply of over Rs.10 lacs in case of Northeastern States Of India and Rs. 20 lacs in the rest of India would be required for registration of GST in India. A mechanism is available for voluntary GST registration to help claim ITC(Input Tax Credit). It must be obtained under 30 days of exceeding the Rs.25 lacs turnover limit. A procedure would be announced for migrating the VAT or service tax registration as a GST registration.

According to Schedule III of the Model GST Law, the following shall be registered compulsorily, disregarding the total turnover of their respective businesses:

• Every person/entity who is registered or holds license under any earlier law, is liable to get migrated under this Act;
• Every person shall be liable to be registered under this Act if his turnover in a financial year exceeds the taxable threshold limit.
• Every person making any inter-state Supply, irrespective of taxable threshold limit;
• persons who are casually taxable i.e. any person who occasionally undertakes transactions involving supply of goods and/or services in the course or furtherance of business;
• Every person who are required to pay tax under reverse charge;


It is expected to be provided based on PAN. One of the major advantage of implementation is that the same GST registration number can be used across all states of India against the VAT regimen in which a dealer needs to obtain VAT registration in each of the states (with additional cost and compliance formalities).


For Private limited company

• Certificate of Incorporation
• PAN of the company
• List of Directors along with their personal details
• PAN Card of Directors
• Adhaar Card of Directors
• Passport size Photo of Directors
• Board Resolution
• Address proof of company

For Proprietorship

• PAN of the proprietor
• Address proof of the proprietor
• Photo of Proprietor
• Address proof of Entity

For Limited Liability Partnership

• Certificate of Incorporation
• LLP Dead
• PAN of LLP
• PAN of partners
• Adhaar Card of partners
• Letter Of Authorisation
• Address proof of Entity

For Partnership Firm

• Certificate of Registration
• Partnership Dead
• PAN of Partnership
• PAN of partners
• Adhaar Card of partners
• Letter Of Authorisation
• Address proof of Entity


GSTN maintains a portal for the online GST registration procedure. The applicant is required to submit an online application for GST registration along with the entire and specific details of the goods and services to be dealt. A temporary GST registration number would be provided post the submission of application and the online payment of registration fee.

A copy of the application must respectively be printed, attached with the other mentioned documents and then couriered to the GST department. A final GST certificate would be issued by the concerned officer post the verification of the application along with the documents.


On the registration of a business it will get various advantages of the implementation of GST. Business will legally be approved to gather charge from buyers and pass the tax credit on to the buyers or beneficiaries and will be legally perceived as a provider of goods and services. The business shall thus be having a proper bookkeeping of expenses paid on the input goods or services which can be used for payment of GST due on supply of products or services by the business.

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GST is Goods and services tax which will substitute the old tax regime, where the ultimate tax burden and its cascading results will be lessened, with a concept of ONE INDIA ONE TAX.

Under this model there will be a single indirect tax, i.e GST which will substitute various indirect taxes levied on goods and services from manufacture till consumption.

Under this tax regime the concept of origin based taxation has changed to consumption based taxation (or destination principle).

Federal structure of GST


Taxes will be subsumed as:

CGST – Central excise duty, Additional excise duty, service tax, CVD, Spl. Add. Duty @ 4%, surcharges and cess levied by central govt. Rates will be same across India.

SGST – Sales tax/VAT, Entertainment tax, luxury tax, taxes on lottery, betting & gambling, octori& entry tax, purchase tax, Surcharges &cess levied by state govt. Rates may vary for different states.

IGST – Taxes will be levied on interstate trade and taxes levied in the case of import. It will be sum total of CGST & SGST.

Legal Implications

  • The government of India is committed to replace all the indirect taxes levied in India with one tax GST, other than alcohol for human consumption.
  • Provisions will be made for removal of 650 check posts and 11 local taxes across India.
  • GST will be levied on sale of newspapers and advertisements.
  • Stamp duties imposed on legal documents by states will continue to be levied.
  • Petroleum and petroleum products may be subject to GST.
  • The list of exempted goods and services would be kept to minimum, it would be harmonised for the centre and state as far as possible.
  • GST is value addition at each level in the supply chain which will be applicable to both goods and services.
  • Where credit will be allowed for tax paid on input used in manufacture or for using any input service.
  • The Centre GST and State GST will be levied would be levied simultaneously on every transaction of supply of goods and services except on exempted goods and services, goods which are outside the purview of GST and the transactions which are below the prescribed threshold limits.
  • Input or input services for personal consumption will continue to be GST regime.
  • An additional 1% tax will be levied by the centre which will be redirected to origin states for a period of 2 yrs or more as may be proposed by the central govt.


GST Impact on Sectors/Companies in a Nutshell

  • Banks – Current Tax Rate is 15%. After GST it is 18%. Negative
  • Consumer Staples – Current Tax Rate is 22%. After GST it is 18%. Positive for Asian Paints, Dabur, HUL, Emami; Negative for ITC, UBL
  • Consumer Discretionary – Current Tax Rate is 15%. After GST it is 18%. Negative for Jubilant Foods, Cafe Coffee Day, Restaurant businesses
  • Media & Entertainment – Current Tax Rate 15% + 7% State Entertainment tax. After GST it is 18%. Positive for Dish TV, Videocon D2H, BIG TV
  • Telecom – Current Tax Rate is 15%. After GST it is 18%. May see marginal dip in consumption
  • Auto & Auto Ancillary – Current Tax Rate is 27%. After GST it is 18%. Positive for M&M, Maruti, Bajaj Auto, Eicher Motors, Ashok Leyland
  • Metals – Current Tax Rate is 18%. After GST it is 18%. No significant impact.
  • Cement – Current Tax Rate is 27%. After GST it is 18%. Positive for UltraTech, Shree Cement, Ambuja Cement
  • Pharma – Current Tax Rate is 15%. After GST it is 18%. Negative for Pharmaceutical co.s
  • Real Estate – Current Stamp Duty is 15%. After GST it is 16%. No significant impact.
  • Logistics – No change in Tax Rate after GST. Positive for Container Corp, GATI, etc.


Scheme of levy

The Levy in the common parlance means charge or imposition or collection of tax by authority. For the purpose of collection of tax, the authority should have the power of collection of tax.

  • Section 7 of Model GST Act 2016, sets out that CGST/SGST and IGST shall be levied on all intra-state sales and interstate supplies of goods and/or services.
  • The Assessee who has an aggregate income of Rs. 50 lakh are eligible for composition levy, where amount of tax payable is 1% of the turnover during the year where the assesse shall not be entitled to claim any input tax credit.
  • Under the GST regime the threshold limit for SME’s is proposed to be around Rs. 25 Lakh. The lowering of the threshold would bring many SME’s under the Tax bracket.
  • GST Model law has also brought supply of goods or services without consideration, under the tax bracket, by imposing tax on value derived under Rule 4 of valuation rules.
  • Under section 43C(4) of Model GST Law, states that every e-commerce operator shall furnish a statement
    electronically, providing the details of the amount collected on behalf of each supplier in respect of all supplies of goods and/or services effected through the operator.
  • Imported goods would be liable to custom duty along with IGST (equivalent to IGST on similar goods in India).


Utilisation of Input credit

Chapter-V states that Every taxable person shall, subject to such conditions and restrictions as may be prescribed in this behalf, be entitled to take credit of input tax and may deduct the amount of admissible credit in respect of a tax period from the output tax for the same period and pay the remaining amount, if any, to the credit of the appropriate Government (i.e. Central Government in case of the IGST and the CGST, and the State Government in case of the SGST) within such time and in such manner, as may be prescribed.

Manner of taking credit of IGST/CGST/SGST:

  • IGST paid on interstate purchase shall first be utilised towards payment of IGST then (if amount remaining) towards payment of CGST and SGST, respectively.
  • CGST paid on purchase shall first be utilised towards payment of CGST then (if amount remaining) towards payment of IGST.
  • SGST paid on purchase shall first be utilised towards payment of SGST then (if amount remaining) towards payment of IGST.
  • ITC of CGST cannot be utilised towards payment of SGST.
  • ITC of SGST cannot be utilised towards payment of CGST.
  • There shall be two type of electronic ledgers for every registered taxable person:-
    • Electronic Cash Ledger


Electronic Credit Ledger

  • Every deposit made towards tax, interest, penalty, fee or any other amount shall be credited to his Electronic Cash Ledger.
  • Input Tax Credit as self-assessed in the return shall be credited to his Electronic Credit Ledger. The amount available in this ledger may be used for making any payment towards tax payable under GST Law.


Procedural Aspects

New Applicant can apply for Registration:
At the GST Common Portal directly ; or
At the GST Common Portal through the Facilitation Center (FC)

As per the following process:

Constitution of Business –

Partnership Deed in case of Partnership Firm ;

Registration Certificate in case of other businesses like Society, Trust etc. which are not captured in PAN.
In case of Companies, GSTN would strive for online verification of Company Identification Number (CIN) from MCA21. Constitution of business / applicant as per PAN would be taken except for businesses such as Society, Trust etc. which are not captured in PAN. Partnership Deed would be required to be submitted in case of Partnership Firms.

Details of the Principal Place of business –

In case of Own premises – any document in support of the ownership of the premises like Latest Tax Paid Receipt or Municipal Khata copy or Electricity Bill copy.

In case of Rented or Leased premises – a copy of the valid Rent / Lease Agreement with any document in support of the ownership of the premises of the Lessor like Latest Tax Paid Receipt or Municipal Khata copy or Electricity Bill copy

In case of premises obtained from others, other than by way of Lease or Rent – a copy of the Consent Letter with any document in support of the ownership of the premises of the Consenter like Municipal Khata copy or Electricity Bill copy

Customer ID or account ID of the owner of the property in the record of electricity providing company, wherever available should be sought for address verification
This is required as an evidence to show possession of business premises. If the documentary evidence in Rent Agreement or Consent letter shows that the Lessor is different from that shown in the document produced in support of the ownership of the property, then the case must be flagged as a “RiskCase”, warranting a post registration visit for verification. GST Law Drafting Committee may add penalty provision for providing wrong lease details.

Details of Bank Account(S) Opening page of the Bank Passbook held in the name of the Proprietor / Business Concern – containing the Account No., Name of the Account Holder, MICR and IFS Codes and Branch details This is required for all the bank accounts through which the taxpayer would be conducting business.

Details of Authorised Signatory For each Authorized Signatory:

Letter of Authorisation or copy of Resolution of the Managing Committee or Board of Directors to that effect This is required to verify whether the person signing as Authorised Signatory is duly empowered to do so.

Benefits of GST

  • This structure would overall reduce the combined rate of taxation and the cascading burden on the economy.
  • This would increase the productivity and performance in the economy.
  • Indian truck system will work effectively with removal of 650 check posts and 11 local taxes.
  • Reduction of cost to the company for extra working capital.
  • Reduction in typicality of existing tax structure in India.
  • A transparent and simple tax regime of ONE TAX ONE INDIA.


Limitations under GST Model

  • When the aviation industry was witnessing the much awaited growth with increasing domestic traffic, the GST implementation might slower the rate at which the industry is expecting growth as flying will become expensive.
  • India, on one hand, has the lowest insurance penetration in the world (less than 5% of Indian population & half of the global average) and on the other GST will further make the insurance products dearer.
  • The Banking & Financial Sector (including Insurance as statedabove) might take a hit as currently the effective tax rate in the sector is 14 per cent, which is levied only on fee component (and not interest) of the transaction. Under GST, effective tax rate on fee-based transactions is expected to increase to 18-20%.
  • Petroleum products form a majority import value in the Indian ecosystem. However, key petroleum products like crude, natural gas, high-speed diesel and ATF have been kept out of GST.



A seamless implementation of GST may boost growth of the overall economy to a level that the above stated pitfalls might be merely seem as part and parcel of the India growth story. When most of the sectors grow simultaneously, it might increase jobs and disposable income of individuals to an extent that the dearness brought by GST gets offset. Analysts are already predicting 10% GDP growth for the Indian Economy with GST coming into effect.

Read more about Registration of GST and about the GST’s 8 Council meet here.

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