Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CGST Act-Electronic Commerce Operator and Builder

Electronic Commerce Operator

Section 52 contemplates that notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Act [CGST], every electronic commerce operator not being an agent shall collect an amount calculated at such rate not exceeding 1% as may be notified by the Government on the recommendations of the Council of the net value of the taxable supplies made by it through it by other suppliers where the consideration with respect to such supplies is to be collected by the operator. Thus electronic commerce operator is a classic example of bending the collection machinery to garner revenue from the earliest possible source saving time and cost.

Section 52(7) affirms that every supplier who has supplied the goods or services or both through the operator shall claim credit in his electronic cash ledger of the amount collected and reflected in the statement of the operator furnished under sub-section (4) in such manner as may be prescribed. Sub-section (8) of Section 52 stipulates that that details of outward supplies furnished by every operator do not match with the corresponding details furnished by the supplier under Section 37, the discrepancy shall be communicated to both persons in such manner and within such time as may be prescribed. Sub-section (10) read with sub-section (11) of Section 52 says that if the value of outward supplies reported by operator exceed the same furnished by supplier then unless rectified either by the operator or supplier the same shall be added to the output tax liability of supplier for the month succeeding the one in which discrepancy was communicated which the supplier shall pay with interest.

GST Issues on Construction of flats by builders

Taxability (indirect taxes) of flats constructed by builders and the like had a chequered history of litigation. Chiefly, the bone of contention was whether sale of immovable property when it is under construction involves any service element. Constitutional competency of enacting sections exacting service tax on construction of flats was challenged largely unsuccessfully and ultimately, it was accepted by all concerned that service tax is imposable on part of consideration constituting sale of flats except where they are transferred after obtaining completion certificate from competent authorities. 

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