GST Audit been abolished in Budget 2021omits section 35(5) from GST Act

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CA Deepak Gupta | Feb 1, 2021 | Views 1458932

GST Audit been abolished in Budget 2021omits section 35(5) from GST Act

GST Audit scrapped as Budget omits section 35(5) from GST Act.

Setbacks for Chartered Accountants as GST Audit been abolished in Budget 2021. Finance Minister has scrapped GST Audit in the Budget 2021 proposal. GST Audit has been scrapped as Budget 2021 omits section 35(5) from GST Act to allow self-certification. Section 35 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act Sub Section (5) shall be omitted.

Section 35 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act Sub Section (5) read as follows:

Every registered person whose turnover during a financial year exceeds the prescribed limit shall get his accounts audited by a chartered accountant or a cost accountant and shall submit a copy of the audited annual accounts, the reconciliation statement under sub-section (2) of section 44 and such other documents in such form and manner as may be prescribed.

Section 44 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act read as follows:

Annual return.— (1) 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 for every financial year electronically in such form and manner as may be prescribed on or before the thirty-first day of December following the end of such financial year:

[Provided that the Commissioner may, on the recommendations of the Council and for reasons to be recorded in writing, by notification, extend the time limit for furnishing the annual return for such class of registered persons as may be specified therein:
Provided further that any extension of time limit notified by the Commissioner of State tax or the Commissioner of Union territory tax shall be deemed to be notified by the

(2) Every registered person who is required to get his accounts audited in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (5) of section 35 shall furnish,
electronically, the annual return under sub-section (1) along with a copy of the audited annual accounts and a reconciliation statement, reconciling the value of supplies declared in the return furnished for the financial year with the audited annual financial statement, and such other particulars as may be prescribed.

[Explanation.- For the purposes of this section, it is hereby declared that the annual return for the period from the 1st July, 2017 to the 31st March, 2018 shall be furnished on or before the [31st January, 2020]69 and the annual return for the period from the 1st April, 2018 to the 31st March, 2019 shall be furnished on or before the 31st March, 2020.]

Clause 101 of the Bill seeks to omit sub-section (5) of section 35 of the Central 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.

Reference has been given to Clause 102 of Finance Bill 2021:

102. For section 44 of the Central 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.”.

Clause 102 of the Bill seeks to substitute a new section for section 44 of the Central 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.

 


Analysis

Sub-section (5) of section 35 of the CGST Act is being omitted so as to remove the mandatory requirement of getting annual accounts audited and reconciliation statement submitted by specified professional.

Section 44 of the CGST Act is being substituted 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 provides for the Commissioner to exempt a class of taxpayers from the requirement of filing the annual return.

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5 responses to “GST Audit been abolished in Budget 2021omits section 35(5) from GST Act”

  1. Ashok D Ajmera says:

    From which FY. Is it applicable from FY.20 ?

  2. NANDKUMAR SUTAR says:

    Good

  3. TH RAMANANDA SINGH says:

    Good decision for the govt. Why GST audit is conducted unnessary. Monitor by the govt authority is more than enought. Why CA is bring in the GST Law. Self declaration is enought.

  4. Rajesh Joshi says:

    Form which financial year.from 19-20 or 20-21

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