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TOG INSIGHT

Budget failed to meet the expectations of taxpayers
By Ramesh Chandra Jena, Taxpayers Advisory Forum, Bhubaneswar
Feb 14, 2018

THE Union Budget presented by the Hon'ble Finance Minister does not have any implication on Goods and Services Tax. Even though it is the first Budget after introduction of GST but nothing has been proposed in the Finance Bill for reforms or simplifications of GST.

Trade and industry had suggested a number of reforms and simplifications in their Budget memorandum but they were left untouched in the Budget proposals. Taxpayers were expecting a lot of simplification, removal of lacunas and reforms in the GST regime like -

1. Simplification and modification of GST returns filing.

2. Making provisions in IT infrastructure on GSTN portal for rectification of mistake in returns after submission.

3. Clarification on "aggregate turnover" and "adjusted total turnover" for sanctioning refund of the claimant.

4. Removal of GST liability on job work charges.

5. Tax rate modification on Hotel Services and allowing ITC on foods / beverages.

6. Introduction of Centralized registration for certain service sectors such as banks and insurance sectors.

7. Accessibility of Advance Rulings in every State Capital to sort out GST issues even for un-registered person.

8. Implementation of Procedures for Anti-profiteering Act for availment of benefit by a normal consumer.

9. It was expected to bring natural gases, petrol, diesel, petroleum products and aviation fuel under the purview of GST.

Perhaps the taxpayers have to wait for the next GST Council meeting for further reliefs on the GST front. And it is also possible that the amendments to the GST Acts may be introduced when Phase 2 of the Budget session is held from March 5th to 6th April 2018.