Budget 2024 Updates

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4.9% fiscal deficitFM announces Rs 1 lakh crore fund for developing space economyPromotion of Tourism - Vishnupad temple and Bodh Gaya temple corridors to be supportedFM announces over Rs 11 lakh crore capital expenditure in current fiscalGovt to invest in small Nuclear energy plants in partnership with private playersCentre to ask States to lower stamp duty for women purchasers of housesIBC - More Benches of NCLT to be set up to speed up recoveryFM spikes limit of Mudra loan to Rs 20 lakhsBudget offers financial aid to labour-intensive MSMEs in manufacturing sectorGovt announces 3 crore additional houses under PM SchemeGovt to secure Rs 15K loan for AP from multilateral agenciesGovt to frame new policy for all-round development of Bihar, Jharkhand and OdishaGovt to give one-month salary to all new recruits in formal sector through EPFOGovt to promote vegetable clusters closer to urban settlementsGovt to focus on productivity of agriculture with climate-resilient seedsFM allocates Rs 2 lakh outlay for PM's five schemes for job creation and farmersFM Nirmala Sitharaman presents 7th Union Budget in ParliamentBudget 2024: FM arrives at Parliament; Speech to begin at 11AMEconomic Survey 2023-24 - from GST PerspectiveUkrainian FM goes on tour to ChinaI-T- Additions framed u/s 69A are untenable where affidavits submitted by assessee's parents to explain source of cash deposits, were discarded by AO without consideration : ITATSurvey acknowledges productivity loss due to mental health disordersI-T- Short term capital gains returned by the assessee in terms of provisions of section 50 of the Act on assets held for a period of more than 36 months be treated as long term capital gains: ITATExpenditure on social services up from 6.7% to 7.8% of GDP: SurveyI-T-Additions framed u/s 68 are upheld where assessee is unable to prove genuineness of transaction involving purchase and sale of penny stock: ITATTrade deficit contracts to USD 78 bn from USD 126 bn in 2023I-T-Re-assessment is invalidated when there is no failure on part of assessee to make full and true disclosure of facts necessary for assessment: ITATCorporate profitability has peaked to 15-yr-old high between 2020-2023: SurveyI-T- When cash generated out of sales has been credited in the books of accounts, the provisions of Sec.69A could not be invoked: ITATBudget 2024: More relief for senior citizens & individual taxpayers on card; tweaking of capital gains tax likely; steady capital expenditure to stayI-T- If any amount invested is purely a strategic investment & for purpose of commercial expediency, then AO cannot hold such investments to be for non-business purpose: ITATGoogle backpedals on plan to scrap cookies from ChromeCus - For a HNWI individual, an expensive watch of 'Rolex' make would be his personal effect but same may not be the case if the person is of mere means - Pendant studded with diamonds not liable for confiscation: HCGovt amends Recruitment Rules for Debts Recovery TribunalGST - Even if no date, time or place of hearing is indicated in the notice issued, it was the duty of assessee to file his reply to SCN, which was admittedly received - Plea regarding violation of principles of natural justice cannot be countenanced: HCAbhinav Bindra conferred with Olympic OrderGST - Mismatch between value of e-way bills generated on portal and returns filed in Form GSTR-3B - Petitioner did not provide a comprehensive explanation - To remit sum of Rs.3.50 crores within six weeks - Matter remanded: HCHackers mercilessly hack Bangladesh PM’s website along with police portalsGST - Rule 30 of Rules, 2017 - Assessing officer ought to have issued summons and obtained clarification rather than estimating the outward supply value at 110% of purchase value - Order set aside and matter remanded subject to remit of 10% disputed tax demand: HCUS law-makers call for resignation of Secret Service chief in Trump assassination caseGST - Net ITC shown incorrectly - An inadvertent error was committed and such error was rectified, albeit irregularly, however, sum recovered from petitioner's bank account - Order set aside and matter remanded: HCKarnataka IT Industries piling pressure on govt to extend working hoursGST - Since notification is declared unconstitutional, Amount of IGST paid pursuant to Entry No. 10 of Notification No. 10 of 2017 is to be refunded along with statutory interest: HCStudy says earth’s water depleting fastFDI inflows slide to USD 26.5 bn in 2024 from USD 42 bn in 2023: Economic Survey
Make the amnesty equitable

JULY 02, 2024

By G Natarajan, Advocate, G N Law Associates

TWO significant decisions taken by the GST Council in its meeting held on 26.06.2024, as informed to the public through the Press Note are as below.

B. Measures for facilitation of trade:

1. Insertion of Section 128A in CGST Act, to provide for conditional waiver of interest or penalty or both, relating to demands raised under Section 73, for FY 2017-18 to FY 2019-20 : Considering the difficulties faced by the taxpayers, during the initial years of implementation of GST, the GST Council recommended, waiving interest and penalties for demand notices issued under Section 73 of the CGST Act for the fiscal years 2017-18, 2018- 19 and 2019-20, in cases where the taxpayer pays the full amount of tax demanded in the notice up to 31.03.2025. The waiver does not cover demand of erroneous refunds. To implement this, the GST Council has recommended insertion of Section 128A in CGST Act, 2017.

7. Relaxation in condition of section 16(4) of the CGST Act:

a) In respect of initial years of implementation of GST, i.e., financial years 2017- 18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21:

The GST Council recommended that the time limit to avail input tax credit in respect of any invoice or debit note under Section 16(4) of CGST Act, through any return in FORM GSTR 3B filed up to 30.11.2021 for the financial years 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21, may be deemed to be 30.11.2021. For the same, requisite amendment in section 16(4) of CGST Act, retrospectively, w.e.f. 01.07.2017, has been recommended by the Council.

The above two moves are very significant and seek to address two major pain points faced by the taxpayers. It is hoped that the relevant statutory amendments in this regard would be introduced through the Finance Bill, 2024 / Budget 2024.

In order to ensure that the benefit is made available to all taxpayers, without any discrimination, who are affected by the above issues, the following suggestions are given.

The demands of interest and penalty (where tax demands are made under Section 73) and denial of ITC under Section 16 (4) of the Act for the three initial years, are the cases which are entitled for the benefit of the new provisions.

Such demands might be pending at various levels, viz.,

(i) Show Cause notices demanding such dues, which are eligible for the benefit benefits of the new provisions, may be pending adjudication.

(ii) An order might have been passed and no appeal would have been filed by the taxpayer and the confirmed demands which are eligible for the benefits of the new provisions may still remain unpaid.

(iii) Appeals / Writ Petitions against show cause notices or orders confirming such demands which are eligible for the benefits of the new provisions may be pending.

The statutory provisions to be introduced in this regard should be worded clearly, so that all the above categories of taxpayers are entitled for the scheme. Otherwise, it would lead to unnecessary litigation.

Further, there may be cases, where the demands are proposed / confirmed under Section 74 of the Act and the taxpayers may be contesting the invocation of Section 74. In those cases, if the invocation of Section 74 is held unsustainable and the demands are confirmed under Section 73 of the Act, by the adjudication or appellate authorities, before 31.03.2025, such taxpayers should also be made eligible to opt for the benefit of the new provision, i.e. Section 128A. suitable instructions may also be issued to the adjudicating / appellate authorities to decide such cases, on priority, well before 31.03.2025.

[The views expressed are strictly personal.]

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Sub: Amnesty

Dear GN, good article. We have already seen GST authorities giving informal instructions to issue notices under S/74 only. this is how they propose to deny the benefit.

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