GST Practitioners Rules amended-Examination, Registration, Fee, Centers, Qualifying marks, Disqualification etc.

Amendment to GST Practitioners Rules, Examination, Registration, Fee, Examination centers, Qualifying marks, Disqualification etc. 

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Revenue)
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs

Notification No. 60/2018 – Central Tax

New Delhi, the 30th October, 2018

G.S.R……(E). – In exercise of the powers conferred by section 164 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (12 of 2017), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017, namely:-

1. (1) These rules may be called the Central Goods and Services Tax (Thirteenth Amendment) Rules, 2018.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017 (hereinafter referred to as the said rules), after rule 83, the following rule shall be inserted, namely:-

“83A. Examination of Goods and Services Tax Practitioners.– (1) Every person referred to in clause (b) of sub-rule (1) of rule 83 and who is enrolled as a goods and services tax practitioner under sub-rule (2) of the said rule, shall pass an examination as per sub-rule (3) of the said rule.

(2) The National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (hereinafter referred to as “NACIN”) shall conduct the examination.

(3) Frequency of examination.- The examination shall be conducted twice in a year as per the schedule of the examination published by NACIN every year on the official websites of the Board, NACIN, common portal, GST Council Secretariat and in the leading English and regional newspapers.

(4) Registration for the examination and payment of fee.- (i) A person who is required to pass the examination shall register online on a website specified by NACIN.

(ii) A person who registers for the examination shall pay examination fee as specified by NACIN, and the amount for the same and the manner of its payment shall be specified by NACIN on the official websites of the Board, NACIN and common portal.

(5) Examination centers.- The examination shall be held across India at the designated centers. The candidate shall be given an option to choose from the list of centers as provided by NACIN at the time of registration.

(6) Period for passing the examination and number of attempts allowed.- (i) A person enrolled as a goods and services tax practitioner in terms of sub-rule (2) of rule 83 is required to pass the examination within two years of enrolment:

Provided that if a person is enrolled as a goods and services tax practitioner before 1st of July 2018, he shall get one more year to pass the examination:

Provided further that for a goods and services tax practitioner to whom the provisions of clause (b) of sub-rule (1) of rule 83 apply, the period to pass the examination will be as specified in the second proviso of sub-rule (3) of said rule.

(ii) A person required to pass the examination may avail of any number of attempts but these attempts shall be within the period as specified in clause (i).

(iii) A person shall register and pay the requisite fee every time he intends to appear at the examination.

(iv) In case the goods and services tax practitioner having applied for appearing in the examination is prevented from availing one or more attempts due to unforeseen circumstances such as critical illness, accident or natural calamity, he may make a request in writing to the jurisdictional Commissioner for granting him one additional attempt to pass the examination, within thirty days of conduct of the said examination. NACIN may consider such requests on merits based on recommendations of the jurisdictional Commissioner.

(7) Nature of examination.-The examination shall be a Computer Based Test. It shall have one question paper consisting of Multiple Choice Questions. The pattern and syllabus are specified in Annexure-A.

(8) Qualifying marks.- A person shall be required to secure fifty per cent. of the total marks.

(9) Guidelines for the candidates.- (i) NACIN shall issue examination guidelines covering issues such as procedure of registration, payment of fee, nature of identity documents, provision of admit card, manner of reporting at the examination center, prohibition on possession of certain items in the examination center, procedure of making representation and the manner of its disposal.

(ii) Any person who is or has been found to be indulging in unfair means or practices shall be dealt in accordance with the provisions of sub-rule (10). An illustrative list of use of unfair means or practices by a person is as under: –

(a) obtaining support for his candidature by any means;
(b) impersonating;
(c) submitting fabricated documents;
(d) resorting to any unfair means or practices in connection with the examination or in connection with the result of the examination;
(e) found in possession of any paper, book, note or any other material, the use of which is not permitted in the examination center;
(f) communicating with others or exchanging calculators, chits, papers etc. (on which something is written);
(g) misbehaving in the examination center in any manner;
(h) tampering with the hardware and/or software deployed; and
(i) attempting to commit or, as the case may be, to abet in the commission of all or any of the acts specified in the foregoing clauses.

(10) Disqualification of person using unfair means or practice.- If any person is or has been found to be indulging in use of unfair means or practices, NACIN may, after considering his representation, if any, declare him disqualified for the examination.

(11) Declaration of result.- NACIN shall declare the results within one month of the conduct of examination on the official websites of the Board, NACIN, GST Council Secretariat, common portal and State Tax Department of the respective States or Union territories, if any. The results shall also be communicated to the applicants b e-mail and/or by post.

(12) Handling representations.- A person not satisfied with his result may represent in writing, clearly specifying the reasons therein to NACIN or the jurisdictional Commissioner as per the procedure established by NACIN on the official websites of the Board, NACIN and common portal.

(13) Power to relax.- Where the Board or State Tax Commissioner is of the opinion that it is necessary or expedient to do so, it may, on the recommendations of the Council, relax any of the provisions of this rule with respect to any class or category of persons.

Explanation :- For the purposes of this sub-rule, the expressions –
(a) “jurisdictional Commissioner” means the Commissioner having jurisdiction over the place declared as address in the application for enrolment as the GST Practitioner in FORM GST PCT-1. It shall refer to the Commissioner of Central Tax if the enrolling authority in FORM GST PCT-1 has been selected as Centre, or the Commissioner of State Tax if the enrolling authority in FORM GST PCT1 has been selected as State;

(b) NACIN means as notified by notification No. 24/2018-Central Tax, dated 28.05.2018.

[See sub-rule 7]
Pattern and Syllabus of the Examination

3. In the said rules, in rule 109A,

(a) in sub-rule (1), in clause (b), for the words and brackets “the Additional Commissioner (Appeals)”, the following words and brackets shall be substituted, namely:-

“any officer not below the rank of Joint Commissioner (Appeals)”;

(b) in sub-rule (2), in clause (b), for the words and brackets “the Additional Commissioner (Appeals)”, the following words and brackets shall be substituted, namely:-

“any officer not below the rank of Joint Commissioner (Appeals)”.

4. In the said rules, after rule 142, the following rule shall be inserted, namely:- 

“142A. Procedure for recovery of dues under existing laws. – (1) A summary of order issued under any of the existing laws creating demand of tax, interest, penalty,  fee or any other dues which becomes recoverable consequent to proceedings launched under the existing law before, on or after the appointed day shall, unless recovered under that law, be recovered under the Act and may be uploaded in FORM GST DRC-07A electronically on the common portal for recovery under the Act and the demand of the order shall be posted in Part II of Electronic Liability Register in FORM GST PMT-01.

(2) Where the demand of an order uploaded under sub-rule (1) is rectified or modified or quashed in any proceedings, including in appeal, review or revision, or the recovery is made under the existing laws, a summary thereof shall be uploaded on the common portal in FORM GST DRC-08A and Part II of Electronic Liability Register in FORM GST PMT-01 shall be updated accordingly.”.

5. In the said rules, in FORM GST REG-16,-

(a) against serial number 7, for the heading, the following heading shall be substituted, namely:-

“In case of transfer, merger of business and change in constitution leading to change in PAN, particulars of registration of entity in which merged, amalgamated, transferred, etc.”;

(b) in the instruction, after the Table, for the paragraphs beginning with the words “In case of death of sole proprietor” and ending with the words “surrender of registration falls”, the following paragraphs shall be substituted, namely:-

“In case of death of sole proprietor, application shall be made by the legal heir / successor before the concerned tax authorities. The new entity in which the applicant proposes to amalgamate itself shall register with the tax authority before submission of the application for cancellation. This application shall be made only after the new entity is registered.

Before applying for cancellation, please file your tax return due for the tax period in which the effective date of surrender of registration falls or furnish an application to the effect that no taxable supplies have been made during the intervening period (i.e. from the date of registration to the date of application for cancellation of registration).”.

6. In the said rules, in FORM GSTR-4, in the Instructions, for Sl. No. 10, the following shall
 e substituted, namely:-

“10. Information against the Serial 4A of Table 4 shall not be furnished.”.

7. In the said rules, for FORM GST PMT-01 relating to “Part II: Other than return related liabilities”, the following form shall be substituted, namely:-

“Form GST PMT –01
[See rule 85(1)]
Electronic Liability Register of Registered Person

8. In the said rules, in FORM GST APL-04, after serial number 9, and the Table relating thereto, the following shall be inserted, namely:-

“10. Details of IGST Demand

9. In the said rules, after FORM GST DRC-07, the following form shall be inserted, namely:-

[See rule 142A(1)]
Summary of the order creating demand under existing laws

10. In the said rules, after FORM GST DRC-08, the following form shall be inserted, namely:- 

[See rule 142A(2)]
Amendment/Modification of summary of the order creating demand under existing laws

[F. No. CBEC/20/06/17/2018-GST]

(Dr. Sreeparvathy S.L.)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Note:- The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide notification No. 3/2017-Central Tax, dated the 19th June,2017, published vide number G.S.R 610 (E), dated the 19th June, 2017 and last amended vide notification No. 54/2018 – Central Tax, dated the 9 th October, 2018, published vide number G.S.R 1011 (E), dated the 9 th October, 2018.

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