Delhi Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Act, 2021

Delhi Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Act, 2021

DELHI LEGISTATIVE ASSEMBLE SECRETARIAT 

NOTIFICATION

Delhi, the 30th July, 2021

F. No. 21/6/GST(A)/2021/LAS-VII/Leg./372.—The following is published for general information:

THE DELHI GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2021

[Bill No. 03 of 2021]

(As introduced in the Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi on 30 July, 2021)

A BILL

Further to amend the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (3 of 2017) 

BE it enacted by Delhi Legislature of the National Capital Territory of Delhi in the Seventy-first Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

1. Short title and commencement:-(i) This Act may be called the Delhi Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Act, 2021.

(ii) Section 6 of the Act shall be deemed to have come into force from 1st June, 2021; remaining provisions shall come into force on such date as the State Government may, by notification, in the Official Gazette, appoint; and the different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act.

2. Amendment of Section 7: In the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (hereinafter referred as the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act), in section 7, in sub-section (1), after clause (a), the following clause shall be inserted and shall be deemed to have been inserted with effect from the 1st day of July, 2017, namely:––

―(aa) the activities or transactions, by a person, other than an individual, to its members or constituents or vice- versa, for cash, deferred payment or other valuable consideration.

Explanation.––For the purposes of this clause, it is hereby clarified that, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force or any judgment, decree or order of any Court, tribunal or authority, the person and its members or constituents shall be deemed to be two separate persons and the supply of activities or transactions inter se shall be deemed to take place from one such person to another;‖.

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3. Amendment of section 16: In section 16 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, in sub-section (2), after clause (a), the following clause shall be inserted, namely:––

―(aa) the details of the invoice or debit note referred to in clause (a) has been furnished by the supplier in the statement of outward supplies and such details have been communicated to the recipient of such invoice or debit note in the manner specified under section 37;‖.

4. Amendment of section 35: In section 35 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, sub-section (5) shall be omitted.

5. Substitution of new section for section 44 Annual return: For section 44 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, the following section shall be substituted, namely:––

―44. Every registered person, other than an Input Service Distributor, a person paying tax under section 51 or section 52, a casual taxable person and a non-resident taxable person shall furnish an annual return which may include a self- certified reconciliation statement, reconciling the value of supplies declared in the return furnished for the financial year, with the audited annual financial statement for every financial year electronically, within such time and in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed:

Provided that the Commissioner may, on the recommendations of the Council, by notification, exempt any class of registered persons from filing annual return under this section:

Provided further that nothing contained in this section shall apply to any department of the Central Government or a State Government or a local authority, whose books of account are subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor- General of India or an auditor appointed for auditing the accounts of local authorities under any law for the time being in force.‖.

6. Amendment of section 50: In section 50 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, in sub-section (1), for the proviso, the following proviso shall be substituted and shall be deemed to have been substituted with effect from the 1st day of July, 2017, namely:––

―Provided that the interest on tax payable in respect of supplies made during a tax period and declared in the return for the said period furnished after the due date in accordance with the provisions of section 39, except where such return is furnished after commencement of any proceedings under section 73 or section 74 in respect of the said period, shall be payable on that portion of the tax which is paid by debiting the electronic cash ledger.‖

7. Amendment of section 74: In section 74 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, in Explanation 1, in clause (ii), for the words and figures ―sections 122, 125, 129 and 130‖, the words and figures ―sections 122 and 125‖ shall be substituted.

8. Amendment of section 75: In section 75 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, in sub-section (12), the following Explanation shall be inserted, namely:––

‗Explanation.––For the purposes of this sub-section, the expression "self-assessed tax" shall include the tax payable in respect of details of outward supplies furnished under section 37, but not included in the return furnished under section 39.‘

9. Amendment of section 83: In section 83 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, for sub-section (1), the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:––

―(1) Where, after the initiation of any proceeding under Chapter XII, Chapter XIV or Chapter XV, the Commissioner is of the opinion that for the purpose of protecting the interest of the Government revenue it is necessary so to do, he may, by order in writing, attach provisionally, any property, including bank account, belonging to the taxable person or any person specified in sub-section (1A) of section 122, in such manner as may be prescribed.‖.

10. Amendment of section 107: In section 107 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, in sub-section (6), the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:––

―Provided that no appeal shall be filed against an order under sub-section (3) of section 129, unless a sum equal to twenty-five per cent. of the penalty has been paid by the appellant.‖.

11. Amendment of section 129: In section 129 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, ––

(i) in sub-section (1), for clauses (a) and (b), the following clauses shall be substituted, namely:––

―(a) on payment of penalty equal to two hundred per cent of the tax payable on such goods and, in case of exempted goods, on payment of an amount equal to two per cent of the value of goods or twenty-five thousand rupees, whichever is less, where the owner of the goods comes forward for payment of such penalty;

―(b) on payment of penalty equal to fifty per cent. of the value of the goods or two hundred per cent of the tax payable on such goods, whichever is higher, and in case of exempted goods, on payment of an amount equal to five per cent of the value of goods or twenty-five thousand rupees, whichever is less, where the owner of the goods does not come forward for payment of such penalty;‖;

(ii) sub-section (2) shall be omitted;

(iii) for sub-section (3), the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:––

―(3) The proper officer detaining or seizing goods or conveyance shall issue a notice within seven days of such detention or seizure, specifying the penalty payable, and thereafter, pass an order within a period of seven days from the date of service of such notice, for payment of penalty under clause (a) or clause (b) of sub-section (1).‖;

(iv) in sub-section (4), for the words ―No tax, interest or penalty‖, the words ―No penalty‖ shall be substituted;

(v) for sub-section (6), the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:––

―(6) Where the person transporting any goods or the owner of such goods fails to pay the amount of penalty under sub-section (1) within fifteen days from the date of receipt of the copy of the order passed under sub- section (3), the goods or conveyance so detained or seized shall be liable to be sold or disposed of otherwise, in such manner and within such time as may be prescribed, to recover the penalty payable under sub-section (3):

Provided that the conveyance shall be released on payment by the transporter of penalty under sub-section (3) or one lakh rupees, whichever is less;

Provided further that where the detained or seized goods are perishable or hazardous in nature or are likely to depreciate in value with passage of time, the said period of fifteen days may be reduced by the proper officer.‖

12. Amendment of section 130: In section 130 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act,––

(a) in sub-section (1), for the words ―Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, if ‖, the word ―Where‖ shall be substituted;

(b) in sub-section (2), in the second proviso, for the words, brackets and figures ―amount of penalty leviable under sub-section (1) of section 129‖, the words ―penalty equal to hundred per cent of the tax payable on such goods‖ shall be substituted;

(c) sub-section (3) shall be omitted.

13. Substitution of new section for section 151: Power to call for information.

For section 151 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, the following section shall be substituted, namely: ––

―151. The Commissioner or an officer authorised by him may, by an order, direct any person to furnish information relating to any matter dealt with in connection with this Act, within such time, in such form, and in such manner, as may be specified therein.‖.

14. Amendment of section 152: In section 152 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act,––

(a) in sub-section (1),––

(i) the words ―of any individual return or part thereof‖ shall be omitted;

(ii) after the words ―any proceedings under this Act‖, the words ―without giving an opportunity of being heard to the person concerned‖ shall be inserted;

(b) sub-section (2) shall be omitted.

15. Amendment of section 168: In section 168 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, in sub-section (2),––

(i) for the words, brackets and figures ―sub-section (1) of section 44‖, the word and figures ―section 44‖ shall be substituted;

(ii) the words, brackets and figures ―sub-section (1) of section 151,‖ shall be omitted.

16. Amendment to Schedule II : In Schedule II of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, paragraph 7 shall be omitted and shall be deemed to have been omitted with effect from the 1st day of July, 2017.

STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS

The Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (the Act) was enacted with a view to make a provision for levy and collection of tax on intra-State supply of goods or services or both by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi.

2. The GST Council in its 39th meeting held on 14h March, 2021, had recommended various amendments in the provisions of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017. Through the Finance Act, 2021 Central Government has amended the provisions of the Central Goods and Service Tax, 2017 on the basis of the recommendations made in the 39th GST Council meeting held on 14th March, 2021. In order to ensure uniformity between the CGST Act, 2017 and Delhi Goods and Services Tax, 2017 (3 of 2017), the Delhi Goods and Service Tax (Amendment) Act, 2021 is required to be enacted by the State Legislature after making State specific modification, wherever necessary.

3. The salient features of the proposed Delhi Goods and Services (Amendment) Tax Bill, 2021 are as under:-

(i) to amend section 7 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, with retrospective effect from the 1st July, 2017, by inserting a new clause (aa) in sub-section (1) thereof, so as to ensure levy of tax on activities or transactions involving supply of goods or services by any person, other than an individual, to its members or constituents or vice-versa, for cash, deferred payment or other valuable consideration. Further, it is also proposed to insert an Explanation therein, to clarify that the person or its members or constituents shall be deemed to be two separate persons and the supply of activities or transactions inter se shall be deemed to take place from one person to another.

(ii) to amend section 16 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act by inserting a new clause (aa) in sub-section

(2) thereof, so as to provide that input tax credit on invoice or debit note may be availed only when the details of such invoice or debit note has been furnished by the supplier in the statement of outward supplies and such details have been communicated to the recipient of such invoice or debit note.

(iii) to omit sub-section (5) of section 35 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to remove the mandatory requirement of getting annual accounts audited and the reconciliation statement submitted by specified professional.

(iv) to substitute a new section for section 44 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to remove the mandatory requirement of furnishing a reconciliation statement duly audited by specified professional and to provide for filing of the annual return on self-certification basis. It further empowers the Commissioner to exempt a class of taxpayers from the requirement of filing the annual return.

(v) to amend section 50 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act to substitute the proviso to sub-section (1) so as to charge interest on net cash liability retrospectively with effect from the 1st July, 2017.

(vi) to amend section 74 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to make seizure and confiscation of goods and conveyances in transit a separate proceeding from the recovery of tax.

(vii) to amend section 75 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to insert an Explanation in sub-section

(12) to clarify that ―self-assessed tax‖ shall include the tax payable in respect of details of outward supplies furnished under section 37, but not included in the return furnished under section 39.

(viii) to substitute sub-section (1) of section 83 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to provide that provisional attachment shall remain valid for the entire period starting from the initiation of any proceeding under Chapter XII, Chapter XIV or Chapter XV till the expiry of a period of one year from the date of order made thereunder.

(ix) to insert a new proviso in sub-section (6) of section 107 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to provide that no appeal shall be filed against an order made under sub-section (3) of section 129, unless a sum equal to twenty-five per cent. of the penalty has been paid by the appellant.

(x) to amend section 129 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to delink the proceedings under that section relating to detention, seizure and release of goods and conveyances in transit, from the proceedings under section 130 relating to confiscation of goods or conveyances and levy of penalty.

(xi) to amend section 130 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, so as to delink the proceedings under that section relating to confiscation of goods or conveyances and levy of penalty from the proceedings under section 129 relating to detention, seizure and release of goods and conveyances in transit.

(xii) to substitute section 151 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to empower the jurisdictional commissioner to call for information from any person relating to any matters dealt with in connection with the Act.

(xiii) to amend sub-section (1) of section 152 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to provide that no information obtained under sections 150 and 151 shall be used for the purposes of any proceedings under the Act without giving an opportunity of being heard to the person concerned.

(xiv) to amend section 168 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to enable the jurisdictional commissioner to exercise powers under section 151 to call for information.

(xv) to omit paragraph 7 of Schedule II to the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, with retrospective effect from the 1st day of July, 2017, consequent to the amendments made in section 7.

4. The Bill seeks to achieve the above objectives.

MANISH SISODIA
Deputy Chief Minister/ Finance Minister
Government of NCT of Delhi

FINANCIAL MEMORANDUM

The proposed Delhi Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2021 does not involve any recurring or non- recurring expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of Delhi.

MANISH SISODIA,
Deputy Chief Minister/Finance Minister
Government of NCT of Delhi

NOTES ON CLAUSES [For DGST (Amendment) Bill, 2021]

1. Clause 1 of the Bill provides for Short title  and Commencement

2. Clause 2 of the Bill seeks to amend section 7 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, with retrospective effect from the 1st July, 2017, by inserting a new clause (aa) in sub-section (1) thereof, so as to ensure levy of tax on activities or transactions involving supply of goods or services by any person, other than an individual, to its members or constituents or vice-versa, for cash, deferred payment or other valuable consideration.

It is also proposed to insert an Explanation therein, to  clarify that the person or its members or constituents shall be deemed to be two separate persons and the supply of activities or transactions inter se shall be deemed to take place from one person to another.

3. Clause 3 of the Bill seeks to amend section 16 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act by inserting a new clause (aa) in sub-section (2) thereof, so as to provide that input tax credit on invoice or debit note may be availed only when the details of such invoice or debit note has been furnished by the supplier in the statement of outward supplies and such details have been communicated to the recipient of such invoice or debit note 4

4. Clause 4 of the Bill seeks to omit sub-section (5) of section 35 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to remove the mandatory requirement of getting annual accounts audited and the reconciliation statement submitted by specified professional.

5. Clause 5 of the Bill seeks to substitute a new section for section 44 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to remove the mandatory requirement of furnishing a reconciliation statement duly audited by specified professional and to provide for filing of the annual return on self-certification basis. It further empowers the Commissioner to exempt a class of taxpayers from the requirement of filing the annual return.

6. Clause 6 of the Bill seeks to amend section 50 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act to substitute the proviso to sub-section (1) so as to charge interest on net cash liability retrospectively with effect from the 1st July, 2017.

7. Clause 7 of the Bill seeks to amend section 74 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to make seizure and confiscation of goods  and conveyances in  transit a separate proceeding from the recovery of tax.

8. Clause 8 of the Bill seeks to amend section 75 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to insert an Explanation in sub-section (12) to clarify that ―self-assessed tax‖ shall include the tax payable in respect of details of outward supplies furnished under section 37, but not included in the return furnished under section 39.

9. Clause 9 of the Bill seeks to substitute sub-section (1) of section 83 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to provide that provisional attachment shall remain valid for the entire period starting from the initiation of any proceeding under Chapter XII, Chapter XIV or Chapter XV till the expiry of a period of one year from the date of order made thereunder.

10. Clause 10 of the Bill seeks to insert a new proviso in sub-section (6) of section 107 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to provide that no appeal shall be filed against an order made under sub-section (3) of section 129, unless  a sum equal to twenty-five percent, of the penalty has been paid by the appellant.

11. Clause 11 of the Bill seeks to amend section 129 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to delink the proceedings under that section relating to detention, seizure and release of goods and conveyances in transit, from the proceedings under section 130 relating to confiscation of goods or conveyances and levy of penalty.

12. Clause 12 of the Bill seeks to amend section 130 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, so as to delink the proceedings under that section relating to confiscation of goods or conveyances and levy of penalty from the proceedings under section 129 relating to detention, seizure and release of goods and conveyances in transit.

13. Clause 13 of the Bill seeks to substitute section 151 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to empower the jurisdictional commissioner to call for information from any person relating to any matters dealt with in connection with the Act.

14. Clause 14 of the Bill seeks to amend sub-section (1) of section 152 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to provide that no information obtained under sections 150 and 151 shall be used for the purposes of any proceedings under the Act without giving  an opportunity of being heard to the person concerned.

15. Clause 15 of the Bill seeks to amend section 168 of the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act so as to enable the jurisdictional commissioner to exercise powers under section 151 to call for information.

16. Clause 16 of the Bill seeks to omit paragraph 7 of Schedule II to the Delhi Goods and Services Tax Act, with retrospective effect from the 1st day of July, 2017, consequent to the amendments made in section 7.

MANISH SISODIA,
Deputy Chief Minister/Finance Minister
Government of NCT of Delhi
RAJ KUMAR, Secy.

Source: https://egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2021/228665.pdf

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