JSA Viewpoint – GST Changes, Budget 2021

In the backdrop of improving GST collections, the GST proposals contained in the Union Budget presented today, largely focus on easing the compliance burden for the assesses and strengthening the penal provisions in case of defaults.

Doing away with the requirements of submission of Audited financial and reconciliation statements should avoid delays in discharge of annual compliances and bring simplicity. However, this would increase the onus on the assesses to ensure proper disclosures in the Annual Returns, which now need to be filed on self-certification basis.

Among other changes, giving retrospective effect to the provisions for charging of interest on net cash liability provides much-needed clarity and will avoid litigation.

Proposal to limit the option of effecting zero-rated supplies with payment of tax, only to specified class of goods and services or taxpayers could be restrictive and need to be analysed in greater detail, once appropriate notifications are issued in this regard.

JSA Viewpoint by Manish Mishra.