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Top 45th GST Council Meeting Updates | Harsh Shah | LawWiser #Shorts

#Watchnow LawWiserShorts on Top GST Council Updates by Harsh Shah, Partner, Economic Law Practice (ELP).

The 45th GST Council Meeting chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was the first in-person meeting of the GST Council in nearly two years. Every GST council meeting creates buzz, as many sectors and industries are looking at revisions in GST rates and other reliefs in the process.

Some of the top updates included an increase in GST rates on ores and concentrates of metals such as iron, copper, aluminium and zinc, which has increased from 5 per cent to 18 per cent and those on specified renewable energy devices and parts from 5 per cent to 12 per cent. While the increased rate may result in higher GST, since most of these products are essentially used for taxable supplies and B2B transactions, the increase in rate may be a pass through as it will be available as a credit in the supply chain.

The increase in rate may take care of the potential inverted duty structure, in some cases where the GST on the procurement side (for instance, GST rate (18%) being higher on mining) was higher than the GST on the final product (5%). In the 45th GST Council Meeting, the GST rate cuts on Covid essential items have also been extended until 31 December.

There was also a clarification for payment of interest in the case of ineligible input tax credit. It is clarified that interest may be levied only if ineligible tax credits have been availed and utilised, and not merely availed. Another relief for exporters, as clarified that where an actual amount of export duty is to be paid, restriction from claiming a refund will arise. Where there is no actual export duty to be paid, the exporters can claim a refund.

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PLI (Production Linked Incentive) Scheme – Textile Industry

Production Linked Incentive is also commonly known as PLI scheme. This PLI scheme offers incentives on incremental sales from items produced in India over the base year. Apart from scaling up local production, the scheme also seeks to curb cheaper imports and reduce import bills.

#Watch LawWiser Shorts, where Mukund P Unny, Advocate, Supreme Court of India, shares his quick take on the PLI scheme for the textile industry.

The PLI scheme for textile has been given cabinet clearance and this scheme is slated to improve business in the textile industry in a big way. Interestingly, the purport of the scheme is limited to just man-made fibres, apparel.

He shares that the total budgeted outlay is around 10,000 crore and the government has designed the scheme to try and ensure that there is a recovery in textile production in India. The scheme seeks to help those industries that invest in the production of 64 select products.

The scheme is for two types of investments. One- there should be a minimum of ₹300 crore investment in plant, machinery, equipment. That investment must translate into a minimum turnover of ₹600 crores once it commences operation. Second, there should be a minimum investment of ₹100 crores, and eventually, this company should achieve a minimum turnover of ₹200 crores.

Thus, the incentive is based on a combination of investment and turnover. The incentives will be paid for five years after the first year of post-investment operation. The textile industry is human resource-oriented in great deal, and it will be in job creation in this segment.

Watch this to know more on #PLIscheme for #textileindustry in India. To get featured in more such conversations, write us on [email protected]

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