GST LAW

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an indirect tax (or consumption tax) levied in India on the supply of goods and services. GST is levied at every step in the production process, but is meant to be refunded to all parties in the various stages of production other than the final consumer.

Goods and services are divided into five tax slabs for collection of tax - 0%, 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%. However, Petroleum productsalcoholic drinks, electricity, and real estate are not taxed under GST and instead are taxed separately by the individual state governments, as per the previous tax regime. There is a special rate of 0.25% on rough precious and semi-precious stones and 3% on gold. In addition a cess of 22% or other rates on top of 28% GST applies on few items like aerated drinks, luxury cars and tobacco products. Pre-GST, the statutory tax rate for most goods was about 26.5%, Post-GST; most goods are expected to be in the 18% tax range.

The tax came into effect from July 1 2017 through the implementation of One Hundred and First Amendment of the Constitution of India by the Indian government. The tax replaced existing multiple cascading taxes levied by the central and ?state governments.

The tax rates, rules and regulations are governed by the GST Council which consists of the finance ministers of centre and all the states. GST is meant to replace a slew of indirect taxes with a unified tax and is therefore expected to reshape the countrys 2.4 trillion dollar economy, but not without criticism. Trucks travel time in interstate movement dropped by 20%, because of no interstate check posts.

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30 Jan 20 furnishing of challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted u/s 194-IA in month of December 19
30 Jan 20 Due date for furnishing of challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted u/s 194-IB in month of December 19
31 Jan 20 Filing of GSTR-1 for the quarter Oct-Dec, 19 , whose turnover < 1.5 cr
31 Jan 20 Quarterly statement of TDS deposited for the quarter ending December 31, 2019
07 Feb 20 Payment of TDS of January 2020 (For Govt deductors paying through challan)
11 Feb 20 Filing of GSTR-1 for the month of Jan. 2020 , whose turnover > 1.5cr
13 Feb 20 Filing of GSTR-6 for input service distributor for the month of Jan. 2020
13 Feb 20 Filing of GSTR-6 for input service distributor for the month of Feb 2020
14 Feb 20 Due date for issue of TDS Certificate for tax deducted under Section 194-IA in the month of December, 2019.
14 Feb 20 Due date for issue of TDS Certificate for tax deducted under Section 194-IB in the month of December, 2019
15 Feb 20 P.F Payment
15 Feb 20 ESIC Payments
15 Feb 20 furnishing of Form 24G by an office of Government where TDS for m/o Jan 2020 has been paid without production of a challan
20 Feb 20 Filing of GSTR-3B for the month of Jan, 2020
20 Feb 20 Filing of GSTR-5 for Non-resident foreign taxpayer for the month of Jan 2019
20 Feb 20 GST Return for NRI OIDAR service provider for the month of Jan 2019 (GSTR 5A)
01 Mar 20 furnishing of challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted u/s 194-IA in month of January 19
01 Mar 20 Due date for furnishing of challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted u/s 194-IB in month of January 19
07 Mar 20 Payment of TDS of February 2020 (For Govt deductors paying through challan)
11 Mar 20 Filing of GSTR-1 for the month of Feb 2020 , whose turnover > 1.5cr
15 Mar 20 P.F Payment
15 Mar 20 ESIC Payments
15 Mar 20 furnishing of Form 24G by an office of Government where TDS for m/o Feb 2020 has been paid without production of a challan
16 Mar 20 Due date for issue of TDS Certificate for tax deducted under Section 194-IA in the month of January, 2020.
16 Mar 20 Due date for issue of TDS Certificate for tax deducted under Section 194-IB in the month of January, 2020
20 Mar 20 Filing of GSTR-3B for the month of Feb, 2020
20 Mar 20 Filing of GSTR-5 for Non-resident foreign taxpayer for the month of Feb, 2020
20 Mar 20 GST Return for NRI OIDAR service provider for the month of February 2020 (GSTR 5A)
30 Mar 20 furnishing of challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted u/s 194-IA in month of February 2020
30 Mar 20 Due date for furnishing of challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted u/s 194-IB in month of February 2020
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