ITC is available on CSR Expenses: AAR

The Hon’ble AAR, Uttar Pradesh in the matter of M/S. Dwarikesh Sugar Industries Limited [Order No. 52, dated January 22, 2020] held that expenses incurred towards Corporate Social Responsibility ( “CSR” ) by the Company in order to comply with requirements under the Companies Act, 2013 ( “Companies Act” ) qualify as being incurred in the course of business and therefore, eligible for Input Tax Credit ( “ITC” ) in terms of the Section 16 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 ( “CGST Act” ).

Expenses Incurred for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are Eligible for Claiming ITC in GST: AAR Uttar Pradesh

Question: Whether expenses incurred by the company in order to comply with requirements of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) under the Companies Act, 2013 (‘CSR Expenses’) qualify as being incurred in the course of business and eligible for input tax credit (‘ITC’) in terms of Section 16 of the CGST Act, 2017?

Ruling by AAR: Yes.

GST Department Finally Caught the Fraudster Who was Hiding Himself from the Department

It is apparent from the investigation conducted till date, that Shri Ravinder Kumar created multiple proprietorship, partnership firms and private limited companies based in Haryana, New Delhi and Jharkhand merely on paper. Shri Ravinder kept eluding the investigation and did not appear before the investigating authorities even after issuance of Summons on multiple occasions.

Women’s Day Special: CA Heer Gajjar Launches Silver Jubliee Edition of Weekly Taxation News Letter with CS Lalit Rajput

On this special day, Ms. CA Heer Gajjar launches Silver Jubliee edition of weekly taxation news letter with Mr. CS Lalit Rajput who are actively involved in empowering the professional community. This is a remarkable moment for Tax Concept platform too.

GSTN Enables the Facility for Core Business Selection on GST Portal

Immediately after logging in to GST portal, a pop-up for core business selection is showing as per attached image. The pop-up is asking for identifying the core business i.e. trader/ manufacturer/ service provider etc. This is mandatory in nature. If you want to change the selection in future, you may navigate to- My Profile >> Core Business Activity Status.

Upcoming Changes in GSTR-1 You Must Know

GSTN has recently twitted about some upcoming changes in GSTR-1 which are as under:

1. Column “Total Value” to be removed from Table-12 (HSN wise summary of outward supplies) of Form GSTR-1.

2. A new entry “Rate of Tax” to be inserted in place of Column “Total Value”. Thus, HSN code to be reported Rate Wise.

3. Changes in reporting of number of digit of HSN code as per Notification No. 78/2020- Central Tax and 79/2020- Central Tax Dated 15/10/2020.

Fake ITC Fraud: Man Arrested for Availing Fake ITC of Rs 38.91 Crore

The offence committed by the accused Shri Nihaluddin is covered under Section 132(1)(b)  of the CGST Act, 2017 which is cognizable and non-bailable offences as per the provision of Section 132(5) and punishable under clause (i) of sub section 1 of Section 132 of the Act ibid. Accordingly, Shri Nihaluddin was arrested under Section 69(1) of the CGST Act, 2017 and produced before the Duty Magistrate on 01.03.2021 who remanded him to judicial custody of 14 days till 15.03.2021. Further investigation in the case is underway.

Analysis of Proposed Amendments in Union Budget 2021-22

The Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2021-22 in Parliament today, which is the first budget of this new decade and also a digital one in the backdrop of unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. Laying a vision for Aatma Nirbhar Bharat, she said this is an expression of 130 crore Indians who have full confidence in their capabilities and skills. She said that Budget proposals will further strengthen the Sankalp of Nation First, Doubling Farmer’s Income, Strong Infrastructure, Healthy India, Good Governance, Opportunities for youth, Education for All, Women Empowerment, and Inclusive Development among others.

No Major Relief to GST Sector: Key Highlights of Union Budget 2021

(1.) ITR filing exemption to citizens aged 75 years and above (only if income from pension and interest).

(2.) New period for re-opening of assessment for transparent tax system : Reopening of assessment period reduced from 6 years to 3 years except in the cases where tax evasion is 50 lakh or more (re-opening of assessment period is 10 years in these cases).

(3.) Constitution of Dispute Resolution Committee (for taxpayers having taxable income of 50 lakh and above and disputed income is 10 lakh).

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