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New Delhi: Tax authorities have started sending notices to businesses who have claimed less IGST input tax credit while filing sales returns as against the credit claims generated by GST Network (GSTN). The effort of this exercise, officials said, is to find out whether the mismatch is on account of genuine errors by the businesses or with a view to evade taxes.
The notices follow a big data analytics conducted by the revenue department which has prepared a list of dealers and businesses who have claimed less IGST Input tax credit (ITC) in summary returns GSTR-3B than what they have passed on or is reflected in GSTR-2A.
Such notices have been sent to a number of businesses in Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore, officials said. As per the notice, GST officers have pointed out the discrepancy and has asked taxpayers to claim the input credit or refund in the returns of the subsequent month. The analytics was conducted based on data between July to March – the first nine months of GST rollout.
The GST Council, headed by Union Finance Minister had in March had directed officials to conduct further analysis of the data to zero in on the chain leading to evasions and initiate adequate action thereof.
EY Partner Abhishek Jain said: “These mismatches could be on account of credits reflecting in GSTR-2A not being eligible (like rent-a-cab, food & beverage, inputs for exempt supplies). However, these e-mails (notices) from the government could also be constructive input for businesses who have inadvertently missed claiming credits (like airline credits, hotel credits).”
AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said lower claim of tax credit could be due to multiple reasons, some of which would be genuine like delay in recording/processing of invoices, incorrect endorsement of GSTIN in GSTR -1 by supplier, among others. “Another reason could be non-reporting of procurements which are then supplied in black markets, leading to massive tax evasions. Industries like mobile phones, LCDs, footwear products, expensive bags/apparel/ jewellery may be prone to such modus operandi,” Mohan said.
Importers typically pay integrated goods and services tax or IGST on goods they bring into the country. This tax is supposed to be set off against the actual GST paid by the final consumer, or claimed as refund.
According to the results of the analysis, importers including bigger companies are paying IGST on imports but not claiming credit for the same, This essentially means that the supply of imported goods to domestic channels is being done without a bill, the officials said.
A similar situation has been witnessed on cess charged on luxury and sin goods with companies paying it at the time of imports but not claiming credit or setting it off from final GST paid by consumers.
Deloitte India Partner M S Mani said:”There could be several legitimate reasons for the differences noticed, which would have to be evaluated carefully before proceeding further. “There can also be inadvertent errors on the supplier side, which are beyond the control of the buyer. All of these should be considered by the tax authorities”.


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India one of world’s fastest growing large economies:IMF

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Washington: India has been one of the fastest growing large economies in the world, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said, asserting that the country has carried out several key reforms in the last five years, but more needs to be done.
Responding to a question on India’s economic development in the last five years at a fortnightly news conference here, IMF communications director Gerry Rice Thursday said, “India has of course been one of the world’s fastest growing large economies of late, with growth averaging about seven per cent over the past five years.”
“Important reforms have been implemented and we feel more reforms are needed to sustain this high growth, including to harness the demographic dividend opportunity, which India has,” he said.
Details about the Indian economy would be revealed in the upcoming World Economic Outlook (WEO) survey report to be released by the IMF ahead of the annual spring meeting with the World Bank next month, he said.
This report would be the first under Indian American economist Gita Gopinath, who is now IMF’s chief economist.
“The WEO will go into more details. But amongst the policy priorities, we would include accelerate the cleanup of banks and corporate balance sheets, continue fiscal consolidation, both at centre and state levels, and broadly maintain the reform momentum in terms of structural reforms in factor markets, labour, land reforms and further enhancing the business climate to achieve faster and more inclusive growth,” Rice said.

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Fitch cuts India GDP growth forecast for FY20 to 6.8 pc

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New Delhi: Fitch Ratings on Friday cut India’s economic growth forecast for the next financial year starting April 1, to 6.8 per cent from its previous estimate of 7 per cent, on weaker than expected momentum in the economy.
“While we have cut our growth forecasts for the next fiscal year (FY20, ending in March 2020) on weaker-than-expected momentum, we still see Indian GDP growth to hold up reasonably well, at 6.8 per cent, followed by 7.1 per cent in FY21,” Fitch said in its Global Economic Outlook. Fitch Ratings cut India’s FY19 GDP growth forecast to 7.2 per cent from 7.8 per cent on December 6.
The rating agency has also cut growth forecasts for FY20 and FY21 to 7 per cent from 7.3 per cent and 7.1 per cent from 7.3 per cent, respectively. According to Fitch, the RBI has adopted a more dovish monetary policy stance and cut interest rates by 0.25 percentage at its February 2019 meeting, a move supported by steadily decelerating headline inflation.
“We have changed our rate outlook and we now expect another 25 bp cut in 2019, amid protracted below target inflation and easier global monetary conditions than previously envisaged,” it said. “On the fiscal side, the budget for FY20 plans to increase cash transfers for farmers,” it added. Fitch said, it’s benign oil price outlook and expectations of accelerating food prices in the coming months should support rural households’ income and consumption.

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India’s total wireless subscribers grew to 1.18 bn in January 2019: TRAI

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New Delhi: India’s total wireless subscribers grew by 0.51 percent to 1,181.97 million (1.18 bn) in January 2019, as per a report by telecom regularor TRAI.
Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & LTE) increased from 1,176.00 million at the end of December 2018 to 1,181.97 million at the end of January 2019, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.51 percent, the TRAI report said.
As on January 31, 2019, the private access service providers held 89.95 percent market share of the wireless subscribers whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, had a market share of only 10.05%, the regulator said in its report.
The Wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 647.52 million at the end of December 2018 to 654.20 million at the end of January 2019, however wireless subscriptions in rural areas declined from 528.48 million to 527.77 million during the month.
The monthly growth rates of urban wireless subscription was1.03 percent and rural wireless subscription was 0.13%, the report said
The Wireless Tele-density in India increased from 89.78 at the end of December 2018 to 90.15 at the end of January 2019.
The Urban Wireless Tele-density increased from 155.48 at the end of December 2018 to 156.85 at the end of January 2019, however Rural Wireless Tele-density declined from 59.15 to 59.04 during the same period.
The share of urban and rural wireless subscribers in total number of wireless subscribers was 55.35 percent and 44.65 percent respectively at the end of January 2019.

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