Why GST Compliance Rating is an advantage for tax payers?

What is GST Compliance Rating?

GST Compliance rating is one the most needed initiative taken by Government under GST. Compliance rating is a score card for tax payers under GST. It will provoke tax payers to comply with GST rules and regulations in order to be on good rating scale. It can be termed as a performance indicator for business owners, tax payers etc.

How GST compliance rating works?

As it’s a performance rating businesses so rating would be based on some parameters. The basic parameters would be:

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Why Cloud Accounting is better than traditional accounting?

Cloud accounting is widely accepted by small businesses. Cloud Accounting is termed as online accounting and manual accounting called as traditional accounting. Why we need cloud accounting? The best answer would be to save time, money and to reduce accounting errors. Also, cloud accounting is the best way to do accounting as you can save & edit all your data at any time and anywhere as data will be saved on server. These are some features which attract small businesses to use accounting software.

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Major changes announced on 23rd GST council meeting

On 23rd meeting of GST council Finance minister Arun Jaitley announced some major changes in tax rates which provide some relief to tax payers.
GST council also reduced GST tax rates for service sector (Restaurant, Handicraft & Aviation) to simplify taxation process and promote ease of doing business.

Relaxation for Service Providers:

Service providers within Rs.20 Lakh turnover are free from GST registration. This is also applicable on those who provide inter-state services and through any e-commerce portal.

There is no good news from this 23rd meeting for restaurants. Restaurants can’t avail any input tax credit with remaining tax rate of 5%.

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Step-by-step guide on GST Registration

GST marked as the biggest tax reforms in India since 1947. It’s a unified tax implemented by current BJP Government with an aim to erase all state or central government indirect taxes. GST subsumes 11 Indirect taxes that were levied on the sale of goods and services by central or state Government. GST made indirect taxation process simpler for small and medium scale enterprises. It will also boost economic growth in a long run. New small businesses will be benefited from this new tax law as they have to pay less tax under composition scheme (SMEs with Rs.20 – Rs.50Lakh turnover).

As we are saying that GST made taxation easier. So, let’s have a look at its registration process. In this article we will cover all details regarding GST registration with below-mentioned points:

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Revised GST – Why it’s a best Diwali gift for traders?

Since its implementation on 1st July, 2017 GST has been always in the news due to its high tax rates & bit complicated tax slabs also Govt faces lots of criticism for it.

Recently RBI forecast GDP growth rate at 7.3% (2017-18), which is lower than last year’s GDP growth rate. To main economic stability and for a higher GDP growth Government decided to revise tax rates.

On 6th October Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced new tax rates after a long & fruitful discussion with GST council members.
The GST council slashed rates on 27 items and 12 services.

Here are the details of revised tax rates on goods:

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GST Council trims tax rates to ease the filing process

GST Rate revised

Since its implementation on 1st July, 2017 GST has been always in the news due to its high tax rates & bit complicated tax slabs also Govt faces lots of criticism for it.

Recently RBI forecast GDP growth rate at 7.3% (2017-18), which is lower than last year’s GDP growth rate. To main economic stability and for a higher GDP growth Government decided to revise tax rates.

On Friday Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced new tax rates after a long & fruitful discussion with GST council members.

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Accounting Equation

The accounting equation is a rule or you can say formula to calculate the total asset of a company/entity. There are there accounting equations.

  • Assets = Liabilities + Owner’s Equity
  • Assets = Liabilities + Shareholder’s Equity (For Corporation )
  • Assets = Liabilities + Net assets (For Non-Profit Organizations like NGO)

The Balance sheet prepared using this rule. Double entry bookkeeping system formed on the basis of the accounting equation.

Accrued Liabilities

Accrued liabilities usually referred to those transactions which are incurred by an entity but yet not have been paid or receive an invoice.

There are two types of accrued liabilities i.e. short-term accrued liability and long-term accrued liability. Short term accrued liabilities are daily basis transactions which happen on a regular basis. Long-term accrued liabilities which happen very rarely but for a longer period of time.

Examples: Accrued wages, accrued pension liability, accrued interest on loan payable etc.

Balance Sheet

A balance sheet is an important financial statement prepared by a company at a specific date on a regular basis to showcase its financial situation.

The balance sheet includes cash-flow statement, income & expense statement, asset and liability details. In short, it shows all transaction details.

A balance sheet is the main point interest for a shareholder, company advisor, business partner etc.

The Balance sheet abides by the following rule:

Assets = Liability + Shareholder’s Equity

Financial Accounting

Financial accounting is the process of preparing financial reports for both internal and external use of a business. Financial report includes balance sheet, cash flow & income & expense, equity & liability statement.

This kind of report needs at the time of tax filing, company valuation etc.

Trial Balance

Trial balance is a way of bookkeeping to ensure all ledger inputs are correct. In trail balance all credit balances entry under credit balance head and debit inputs under ledger balance head. If credit and debit balance found to be identical then we could conclude that there is no error in accounting entries.

Trail balance prepared in a regular period to minimise accounting error. In companies point of view, it’s an important task needs to do regularly. It would help to prepare company’s financial statements with zero error.

Factory overhead costs

Factory overhead is also named as manufacturing overhead. Factory overhead cost is the total operational cost used for production or manufacturing in a factory. It’s not the direct cost associated with raw material and labor. Its also called an indirect cost.

Factory overhead includes in manufacturing cost category.

Bank Reconciliation

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Bank reconciliation is a process of comparing company’s own financial record with bank record to maintain the accurate figure.

Bank reconciliation is very necessary as it helps to avoid any overdraft payments, duplicate charges etc. Double entry bookkeeping is one way to perform reconciliation. Bank reconciliation needs to be prepared for every month. Bank reconciliation is a way of finding errors in bank account and company’s ledger account.

Endowment Fund

Endowment fund is always held by a non-profit organization as invested capital in this fund need to use for only non-profit works. In endowment fund the principal amount must be retained and earnings from this fund only can use for operational works.

This fund integrated with non-profit organizations like collage, universities, NGO, hospitals, church etc.

Liquidity Ratio

Liquidity ratio measures the ability of a company to pay its current and long term liabilities. It’s the easiest way to know how much fund a company can raise and how much asset can convert into cash?

Liquidity ratio can be categorized into various types such as: Acid ratio, Cash ratio & current ration. 

Acid Ratio:  Acid ratio also called as quick ratio. Acid ration defines the ability of a company to meet its current and short term obligations with the use of its most liquid assets.

Calculation method:   Cash & cash equivalents + Accounts receivable + Short term investments / Current liabilities

Accounting Period

 

 

It’s the period for which financial statements prepared of an entity. One accounting period consists of 12 months. This time period can be from January to December (calendar year) or April to March (Fiscal Year).

Accounting period varies according to type of business. For example, if a business set forth on February 12 then its first accounting period would be from February 12 to February 28/ 29.

Again, if a business shut down on March 25 then its final accounting period would be from March 1 to March 25.  Accounting period pertain to only income and cash flow statements as balance sheet prepared on a specific date.

 

 

Dividends

Dividend is the share of profits of a company / entity with shareholders. After paying to its creditors company can share some or whole profit with its shareholders. Company can also skip paying dividends if it needs funds for reinvestment or any other business work.  Company also can decide the date and rate for dividend pay. Normally, dividend paid quarterly and monthly.

 

Decentralization

Decentralization refers to the delegation of the decision making and other powers of higher authority to the lower units or sub units.

Decentralization allows higher authority to invest their time in other areas for expand and growth of the business.

Sometimes this became sub-units took decision which is better for them not for the business.

Accumulated Depreciation

It’s the total cost of depreciation of an asset in a regular period of time till it exists. It shows the decreasing value of an asset over the period of time. Accumulated depreciation reflects in the balance sheet under accumulated account and this amount never ends at the end of a financial year, it carry forward to the next year.

Calculation: 

We can calculate the depreciation amount in three different ways mentioned below:

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