Need to introduce Composition Scheme under GST
Every tax administration aims towards timely recovery of taxes, filing of returns, simplified generation and maintenance of records, invoices and others documents. Such elements are often a challenge for small businesses. To overcome this shortcoming a composition scheme was introduced under the respective State VAT Laws with conditions applied on eligibility for the scheme accordingly. The GST Law also contains an option for a registered taxable person having turnover less than the limit to pay tax at a lower rate respect to certain specified conditions.
Know about Composition Scheme
Composition Scheme will be granted to a taxable person only if he registers all the registered taxable persons having the same PAN under the scheme. Here the motive is to bring all the business segments having same PAN under the scheme.
A registered tax payer, whose aggregate turnover does not exceed Rs seventy five lakh in the preceding financial year pay at a rate in lieu of central tax rate of not more than 2.5% for restaurant sector and 0.5% for manufacturers and other suppliers of turnover.
Composition Scheme will be a growth driver for small taxpayers who are carrying out intrastate transaction and does not involve into import-export of goods.
As per notification dated 01.01.2018, turnover in case of traders has been defined as ‘ Turnover of taxable supplies of goods’.
GST Composition Scheme Transition Provision for Input Tax Credit on switch to and fro
As current regime provides for the composition scheme subject to certain conditions, GST Composition Scheme transition provision provides for allowance of credit of eligible duties and taxes on inputs held in stock subject to certain conditions
Switch from Normal tax payer to Composition Scheme holder
Switching from normal scheme to composition scheme, taxpayer shall be liable to pay an amount equal to the credit of input tax in respect of inputs held in stock on the day immediately preceding the date of such switch over. The balance of input tax credit after payment of such amount, if any lying in the credit ledger shall lapse.
Switch from Composite Scheme holder to Normal tax payer
Switching from composition scheme under current regime to normal tax payer under GST will attract transition provision and will be allowed credit of duties held in stocks as inputs or credit of value added Tax in respect of inputs and inputs contained in semi-finished or finished goods on the appointed date subject to the following conditions:
- Such inputs or goods are used or to be used in the making of taxable supplies
- Not being a composite scheme holder
- Being eligible to claim credit of taxes
- The inputs were not such that credit was not admissible under the earlier law due to being mentioned in any schedule or otherwise
- Being in possession of invoice or document evidencing payment of duties under earlier laws w.r.t. inputs held in stock and semi-finished or finished goods
- Such invoices and/ or documents were issued maximum twelve months before the appointed date.
The manner of calculation of amount of credit under GST for Composite scheme will be prescribed.