Corporate Updates – 12-10-2017


GST Council has made the recommendations for GST rate structure to reduce the cascading of taxes arising on account of non-inclusion of petrol, diesel, ATF, natural gas and crude oil in GST and to incentivise investments in the E&P (exploration and production) sector and downstream sector. Offshore works contract services and associated services relating to oil and gas exploration and production in the offshore areas beyond 12 nautical miles shall attract GST of 12%. Transportation of natural gas through pipeline will attract GST of 5% without input tax credits (ITC) or 12% with full ITC. Import of rigs and ancillary goods imported under lease will be exempted from IGST, subject to payment of appropriate IGST on the supply/import of such lease service and fulfilment of other specified conditions. Further, GST rate on bunker fuel is being reduced to 5%, both for foreign going vessels and coastal vessels.


IBBI invites public comments on (i) draft Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Application to Adjudicating Authority for Insolvency Resolution Process for Individuals and Firms) Rules,2017, and (ii) draft Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Resolution Process for Individuals and Firms) Regulations, 2017. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India had constituted a Working Group to recommend the strategy and approach for implementation of the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 dealing with insolvency and bankruptcy in respect of (i) Guarantors to corporate debtors, i.e., personal guarantors, and (ii) Individuals having business, and submit a report along with draft Rules and Regulations. IBBI invites public comments on these draft rules and regulations by 31st October 2017.

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