Breaking News

You are here » Indian-Commodity  :  Economy  :  GST Council doubles tax exemption limit to Rs 40 lakh, raises composition scheme limit

11-Jan2019

GST Council doubles tax exemption limit to Rs 40 lakh, raises composition scheme limit

With an aim to give relief to small businesses, the all-powerful Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has decided to doubled the limit for exemption from payment of GST to Rs 40 lakh from the earlier cap of Rs 20 lakh. It also decided that from the next fiscal year, businesses with annual turnover of Rs 1.5 crore will be able to pay GST at a fixed rate of their earnings under the composition scheme, while the current limit is Rs 1 crore. Besides, it allowed Kerala to levy a 1% calamity cess on intra-state sale of goods and services for a period of up to two years to mobilise revenues to meet the cost of rehabilitating parts of states that were ravaged by floods last year.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the taxpayers with an aggregate turnover of Rs 40 lakh would now be exempted from the GST. For the north eastern states, the exemption would now be Rs 20 lakh. Currently, businesses with a turnover of up to Rs 20 lakh are exempt from GST registration, while the limit for hilly and north eastern states is Rs 10 lakh. He said the GST Composition Scheme, under which small traders and businesses pay a 1% tax based on turnover, can be availed by businesses with a turnover of Rs 1.5 crore, against the earlier Rs 1 crore, with effect from April 01, 2019. Also, service providers and suppliers of both goods and services up to a turnover of Rs 50 lakh would be eligible to opt for the GST composition scheme and pay a tax of 6%. He added that these decisions would give a relief to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

The twin decision under the composition scheme would have an annual revenue impact of about Rs 3,000 crore. On GST rate for real estate, Jaitley said the council has decided for form a seven-member group of ministers after differences of opinion emerged at the meeting, and there were diverse views on lottery. A ministerial panel will look into it as well. He further said those opting for the composition scheme would have to file just one tax return annually but pay taxes once every quarter. He said there would be two thresholds -- Rs 40 lakh and Rs 20 lakh -- for exemption from registration and payment of the GST for the suppliers of goods, with the facility that one can 'opt up or opt down' depending on revenue.


Related News

View all news

India one of the fastest growing large economies in the world: IMF

Emphasizing on several key reforms carried out by India in the last five years, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated that the country has been one of the fastest growing large economies in the......

Govt increases investment limit for availing income tax concessions by startups

The government has given a major relief to startups by enhancing definition of startups. It has decided to relax angel tax norms for startups, including increasing the investment limit to Rs 25 crore for......

India needs revolution in farm sector to achieve 9-10% GDP growth: Niti Aayog CEO

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has stated that there is need to bring revolution in farm sector to attain 9-10% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. He also said that there is a need to boost investment in......

Top News

View all news

Infosys to enter into agreement with The House Fund II

Infosys is going to enter into an agreement with The House Fund II, L.P., an AI-focused fund targeting startups from the University of California - Berkeley, committing to invest $10.0 million.......

EID Parry receives approval for investment Rs 70 crore in PSRIPL

EID Parry (INDIA) has received approval for investment upto Rs 70 crore in the equity share capital of Parry Sugars Refinery India (PSRIPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. The Board of directors......

SBI raises Rs 1,251 crore by issuing Basel III-compliant bonds

State Bank of India (SBI) has raised Rs 1,251.30 crore by issuing Basel III-compliant bonds. The Committee of Directors for Capital Raising at its meeting held on 22 March 2019 deliberated and accorded......