In its 14th meeting in Srinagar on 18th and 19th May,2017 the all-powerful GST council cleared seven rules pertaining to different aspects of GST. These rules relate to Registration, Input Tax Credit, Payment, Refund, Invoice, Valuation and Composition and have paved the way for the rollout of GST from July 1, 2017.
The key highlights of these final GST Rules are as follows:
1) PAN is mandatory for taking registration under GST. PAN will be validated by CBDT. After successful validation, registration will be granted.
2) Physical verification of place of business will not be conducted to grant registration under GST. But officer can do physical verification after granting of registration, if he is satisfied that it is necessary to do the same. He must upload verification report on GST Portal within 15 working days after verification.
3) Tax invoice in case of supply of taxable services must be issued within 30 days of date of supply of services. However, time limit for banking company, insurance company or financial institutions is 45 days.
4) Electronic Liability Register shall be maintained for each person liable to pay tax on the GST Portal.
5) A separate formula is prescribed for Maximum Refund in case of inverted duty structure, i.e., GST rate is higher on Inputs than on Output Supply.
6) The person eligible to take credit in respect of input of goods held in stock after registration is required to file a declaration on GST Portal that he is eligible for input tax credit within 30 days.