Centre provides Rs 20,000 cr to states as revenue loss compensation

Nirmala Sitharaman

After the GST Council meet on Monday, the Centre announced to release nearly Rs 20,000 crore among the states from the amount collected as compensation cess this year. 

Additionally, the central government will also disburse Rs 25,000 crore by next week towards Integrated GST for 2017-18 to those states that received less amount due to the anomalies, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed media. 

The GST Council, in the meet, also recommended the extension of Levy of Compensation Cess beyond the transition period of five years which is beyond June, 2022, for such period as may be required to meet the revenue gap. 

Finance Minister informed that the GST Council has deferred the decision on the mode of payment of pending GST compensation share of the states to 12th October meeting of the Council. The Minister said that about 20 to 21 states chose the option given by the Centre which allowed the states to borrow to cover the compensation shortfall. However, other states, she said, did not choose any option and wanted the Centre to borrow and pay the shortfall.

Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey who was also present during the media briefing informed that starting from 1st January next year, taxpayers with less than 5 crore rupees annual turnover will not be required to file monthly GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B returns. He said they will now have to file it on a quarterly basis.

The GST Council meeting on Monday was attended by Finance Ministers of all States and Union Territories.

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