Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses a press conference after a cabinet meeting, in New Delhi. (PTI) 

April 1 Date Set For Availing Increased GST Exemption Limit, Composition Scheme

The government notified April 1 as the date for the implementation of doubling of the goods and services tax exemption limit to Rs 40 lakh, which will benefit small and medium enterprises.

Besides, the effective date for availing higher turnover cap of Rs 1.5 crore for availing composition scheme by traders has also been fixed as April 1.

Also, service providers and suppliers of both goods and services with a turnover of up to Rs 50 lakh would be eligible to opt for the GST composition scheme and pay a tax of 6 percent from the beginning of next fiscal.

These decisions were taken by the GST Council, chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising his state counterparts, on Jan. 10. These decisions would come into effect from April 1, a Finance Ministry statement said.

“There would be two thresholds for exemption from registration and payment of GST for the suppliers of goods i.e. Rs 40 lakh and Rs 20 lakh. States would have an option to decide about one of the limits. The threshold for registration for service providers would continue to be Rs 20 lakh and in case of special category states Rs 10 lakh,” it said.

Also the GST Composition Scheme, under which small traders and businesses pay a 1 percent tax based on turnover, can be availed by businesses with a turnover of Rs 1.5 crore, against the earlier Rs 1 crore, with effect from April 1.

EY India Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said implementation of these proposals with specifically the higher turnover limit for composition schemes, would aid enhancing the ease of doing business for micro, small and medium enterprises.

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