GST Council to seek solution to dual control issue on Dec 22 and 23

Written by | December 13, 2016 | 0

New Delhi : With the two-day meeting of the GST Council scheduled to end on Monday being cut short half-way, hopes of meeting the Centre’s targeted GST implementation deadline of April 1, 2017, receded further in a situation of political confrontation unleashed by its demonetisation measure.

The Goods and Services Tax Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, was originally slated to meet here over December 11-12 to sort out the vexed issue of “cross empowerment”, or dual control of assessees under the proposed pan-India indirect tax regime. The solution had eluded a consensus over five previous meetings of the GST Council.

The meeting was also expected to finalise three legislations — Central GST, Integrated GST and the Compensation law — with the intent of placing these in Parliament during its ongoing winter session that ends on December 16.

Deadlock continued on the issue of dual control between the Centre and the states on Sunday, while the next meeting of the Council has been fixed for December 22 and 23, Jaitley told reporters here after the meeting.”There is one section which needs to be redrafted… one cross empowerment issue which we are leaving aside and therefore the discussion on the legislation and its approval of each section is moving satisfactorily.

And hopefully in the next meeting we would be able to clear it,” he said. Jaitley said the issue of dual control, or who will exercise control over GST assessees — the Centre or the states, was not taken up at the sixth meeting.

“Well, that issue did not come up for discussion today because today’s (Sunday) agenda was taken up exclusively by the legislation and that’s an issue which is still flagged and still pending. I have various options ready for discussion and as and when it is discussed we will place those options before the council,” he said referring to the jurisdiction issue.

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