The Cabinet today approved amendments to the GST laws, including hike in turnover threshold for businesses to avail the composition scheme to Rs 1.5 crore. As many as 46 amendments were cleared by the GST Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, at its meeting on July 21. The Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has cleared the amendments as approved by the GST Council, a source said. The amendments to the Central GST, Integrated GST and Compensation Cess laws will now be placed in Parliament in the ongoing session. Following Parliament’s nod, the amendments would be placed before the state legislatures for making changes in the State GST Act.
The amendments will allow employers to claim input tax credit on facilities like food, transport and insurance provided to employees. It also provides for modification of reverse charge mechanism, separate registration for companies having different business verticals, cancellation of registration, new return filing norms and issuance of consolidated debit/credit notes covering multiple invoices.
Besides, businesses with turnover of up to Rs 1.5 crore would be eligible for availing composition scheme, as compared to the current limit of Rs 1 crore. Under the scheme, traders and manufacturers pay GST at a flat rate of 1 per cent and file returns quarterly. Currently, over 17 lakh businesses have registered for composition scheme, as against over 1.10 crore registered under the GST regime.
As per the amendments, e-commerce companies will not have to seek registration under GST provided their annual turnover is less than Rs 20 lakh and are not required to collect tax at source under Section 52.