Section 49 Amendments through Budget 2022

Section 49 Amendments through Budget

Section 49 of the CGST Act

Section 49 of the CGST Act addresses taxation, interest, penalties, and other amounts. It explains how a taxpayer must discharge his GST duties, which include the following:

  • Taxes, interest, fines, and other payments are paid using the electronic cash ledger.
  • Method of using balances in a computerized credit ledger to offset taxes owed.
  • Balances in the electronic cash ledger and credit ledger are refunded.
  • The amendment brought in section 49 affects the method through which taxpayers can claim an input tax credit.

Amendments brought in Section 49 of CGST Act through Budget 2022

Following are the amendments brought into Section 49 of the CGST Act after the enactment of the financial budget 2022:

Self-assessment of Input Tax Credit – Section 49(2)

Before enactment of the financial budget 2022, section 49(2) of the CGST Act specifically states that the input tax credit as self-assessed in a registered person’s return shall be credited to his electronic credit ledger according to the provisions of section 41 or section 43A, in the manner prescribed.

Whereas, now, the input tax credit as self-assessed shall be credited to the registered person’s credit ledger only in accordance with section 41, and not in accordance with section 43A. Therefore, Section 43A has been removed from the definition of Section 49(2) of the CGST Act.

Limitations of claiming ITC – Section 49(4)

Original Provision – The amount available in the electronic credit ledger may be used to pay any output tax under this Act or the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act in a manner, subject to the conditions and within the prescribed time period.

Amended Provisions – The amount available in the electronic credit ledger may be used to pay any output tax under this Act or the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act1 in a manner, subject to the conditions and restrictions and within the prescribed time period.

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As per the original provision, the person can use the amount available in his electronic credit ledger for the payment of any output tax under the CGST or IGST act, keeping in mind only the conditions and within the time period specified. But, as per the amended provision, every registered individual, while paying any output tax from the electronic credit ledger, is also required to adhere to the limitations along with the conditions.

Credit Transferability – Section 49(10)

Individuals of the same company (under the same PAN) with separate GSTINs located in the same or different states are referred to as distinct individuals under GST. It is possible that GST responsibility payments are sent to the incorrect GSTIN or another different individual. Section 49(10) has been changed to address this problem.

Original Provision – Section 49(10) previously enabled taxpayers to transfer the balance of tax, interest, penalty, or other sums in the electronic cash ledger to CGST, SGST/UTGST, IGST, or cess obligations, subject to requirements.

Amended Provision – The amendment now permits taxpayers to transfer such sums in the electronic cash ledger between separate people. This implies that a GSTIN-enabled registered person can now transfer their balance in an electronic cash ledger to another GSTIN under the same PAN. Taxpayers with cash balances may transfer them to another individual who owes an output tax liability.

The Amended section 49(10) reads as follows:

A registered person may transfer any amount of tax, interest, penalty, fee, or other amount accessible in the electronic cash ledger under this Act to the electronic cash ledger via the common gateway for the following purposes:

  1. A combined tax, a central tax, a state tax, a union territory tax, or a cess; or
  2. A different person’s integrated or central tax, as defined in subsection (4) or, as applicable, subsection (5) of Section 25,

Under this Act, such transfer will be understood to be a refund from the electronic cash ledger in the following form and manner, subject to the following requirements and restrictions:

However, if the aforementioned registered person has any unpaid liability in his electronic liability register, no such transfer under subsection (b) shall be permitted.

The maximum limit for ITC usage – Section 49(12)

Rule 86B of the CGST Rules went into effect on January 1, 2021, restricting the use of ITC to satisfy an output tax due. Subject to exclusions, eligible taxpayers having aggregate outward taxable supply (excluding exempt and zero-rated supplies) larger than Rs.50 lakhs can claim ITC up to 99% of their output tax due under Rule 86B.

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The remaining liability (at least 1% of total production tax liability) must be paid in cash. This means that these taxpayers will be unable to use ITC to offset their whole output tax due. Concerning the preceding regulation, Section 49(12) has been added. Section 49(12) allows the government to set a maximum output limit.

Section 49(12) reads as follows:

Regardless of anything in this Act, the Government may, on the suggestion of the Council and subject to such requirements and restrictions, define the maximum proportion of output tax obligation under this Act or the IGST Act, 201, it may be paid by a registered person or a class of registered people using the current amount in the electronic credit ledger, as prescribed.


GST was designed to provide smooth credit with few or no limits, but the reality is quite the contrary. The assesse must struggle for every penny of credit obtained through legitimate tax payments.

Section 49 is a critical clause for taxpayers in terms of how ITC may be used. The goal has been to enable smooth credit and legal ITC claims by taxpayers. While certain adjustments may appear to be burdensome to taxpayers, they are designed to guarantee that claims are filed in accordance with the requirements and rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the amendment of Section 49?

    The amendment now permits taxpayers to transfer such sums in the electronic cash ledger between separate people. This implies that a GSTIN-enabled registered person can now transfer their balance in an electronic cash ledger to another GSTIN under the same PAN.

  2. What are the major changes in GST in Budget 2023?

    The Union Budget 2023 recommends that taxpayers having a turnover of more than Rs 10 crore undergo a GST audit. The audit will be carried out by an independent auditor who will look at all elements of GST compliance, including returns, invoices, and input tax credits.

  3. What is the latest amendment in GST 2023?

    This amendment would compel registered people to provide information of their bank account in the registered person's name and PAN within 30 days of registration or before submitting the statement of outward supply (Form GSTR-1/IFF) under section 37 of the CGST Act.

  4. How many days are required for GST amendment?

    After receiving the GST amendment application, the concerned authorities verify the application and then accept it within 15 working days of receipt.

  5. What is Section 49(3) of the GST Act?

    Section 49(3): The amount available in the electronic cash ledger may be used to pay any tax, interest, penalty, fees, or other amount payable under the provisions of this Act or the rules made thereunder in the manner subject to the conditions, and within the time prescribed.

  6. What are the rules for ITC 2023?

    Section 16 is revised to indicate that customers who fail to pay their supplier the invoice amount, including GST, within 180 days of the invoice date shall pay an amount equivalent to the ITC claimed, plus interest under Section 50.

  7. What are the latest changes in ITC rules?

    CGST Rule 36(4) has been changed to remove the 5% extra ITC over and above the ITC shown on GSTR-2B. Businesses may only claim ITC after January 1, 2022, if the supplier reports it in GSTR-1/IFF and it appears in their GSTR-2B. ITC claims will be permitted from January 1, 2022, assuming they appear in GSTR-2B.

  8. What is the highest GST slab?

    GST rates in India on various products and services are currently separated into four slabs: 5%, 12%, 18%, and 28% GST. GST slab rates keep on changing through amendments and are determined by the GST Council. Since the establishment of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the GST rates for various items have been altered multiple times.

  9. What is GST Act Rule 48?

    A notified class of registered persons must prepare an invoice by uploading the required information (in the form GST INV-01) to the Invoice Registration Portal (IRP) in accordance with Rule 48(4) of the CGST Rules for any preceding financial year beginning with 2017–18.

  10. What is the rule 47 of GST?

    The tax invoice mentioned in Rule 46 of the CGST Rules, 2017 must be issued within 30 days of the date the service was provided, but in this case, the invoice has not been raised in accordance with the aforementioned Rule.

  11. What is the GST Rule 49?

    Tax payments, interest, penalties, and other sums are covered under Section 49 of the CGST Act. It describes the procedures a taxpayer must follow to satisfy his GST obligations, including the following: Tax, interest, penalties, and other payments are made via the electronic cash ledger.

  12. Can I adjust IGST with CGST and SGST?

    Taxpayers are free to use their IGST credits in any combination of percentages and orders, but they must use all of their IGST credits before utilising their CGST or SGST credits.

  13. What is the penalty for tax interest on GST?

    Interest at a rate of 18% per year must be paid in addition to the late charge. The taxpayer must compute it based on the amount of tax due. From the day after filing to the day of payment, there will be a grace period.

  14. Is GST interest and penalties deductible?

    A permissible expenditure is the payment of indirect tax and interest on late payments (GST) in accordance with a demand order. However, while calculating their taxable income, the assessee cannot deduct any fines they have paid.

  15. Can GST interest be waived?

    No interest is waived for those who owe taxes but failed to file GSTR-3B.

  16. What is Section 49(1) of CGST Act 2017?

    Every deposit made towards tax, interest, penalty, fee, or any other amount by a person via Internet banking, using a credit card or debit card, National Electronic Fund Transfer, Real Time Gross Settlement, or by any other mode and subject to any conditions or restrictions that may be prescribed, shall be credited to the person's electronic cash ledger to be maintained in the manner that may be prescribed.

  17. What is Rule 50 of CGST?

    According to a straightforward interpretation of said section 50 (1) of the Act, anybody who is required to pay tax under the terms of an Act or Rule but has not done so within the allotted time must pay interest at the rate of 18 per year for the period during which such unpaid tax was delayed.

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