GST Amendment Act: What Is It And When Was It Passed?

GST In India: A Brief History

The legacy of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India goes all the way back to the year 2000 and ultimately results in 2017 with four bills that make it an Act. The objective of the GST Act is to optimize taxes on services and products all across India.

The execution of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India was a historic move, as it denoted a noteworthy indirect tax change in the nation. The amalgamation of an enormous number of taxes (imposed at a national and state level) into a unified tax is relied upon to have multiple benefits. One of the most significant advantages of the move is the relief of a twofold (double) taxation system or the end of the cascading impact of the tax system. The GST implementation is currently making way for a unified national market. Indian products are expected to be increasingly serious in worldwide and local markets post-GST execution.

From the perspective of the customer, there would be a checked decrease in the general taxation rate that is right now in the scope of 25% to 30%. The GST, because of its self-policing and straightforward nature, is much simpler to control on a general scale.

A few nations have already implemented the Goods and Services Tax. GST was actualized in New Zealand in 1986.  In Australia, the framework was implemented in 2000 to supplant the Federal Wholesale Tax. A hidden /shrouded Manufacturer’s Sales Tax was supplanted by GST in Canada, in the year 1991. GST is a value-added tax in Malaysia that happened in 2015. In Singapore, GST was actualized in 1994.

Taxation System Before GST

State Value Added Tax (VAT), Central Excise Tax, Services Tax, Central Sales Tax, and so forth are completely supplanted by the single element called GST (Goods and Services Tax). Value-Added Tax (VAT) was essentially for the expenses at the State level over all states in India. Presently on the implementation of GST, VAT is supplanted by State GST or SGST and the State VAT office will be just changed over to SGST Departments. Additionally, Central Excise Tax that is the central tax for the merchandise and enterprises are currently supplanted with Central GST or CGST.

GST Timeline


The Union Minister made the very first statement of GST during the 2006-2007 budget speech to be implemented on 1 April 2010.


The First discussion paper was released.


The introduction and lapse of the 115th Amendment.


The introduction of the 122nd Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha.

August 2016

The 116th Act was enacted.

September 2016

The very first GST Council meeting.

March 2017

GST Council recommends the implementation of SGST (State Goods and Services Tax), CGST(Central Goods and Services Tax), IGST(Integrated Goods and Services Tax), and UTGST (Union Territories Goods and Services Tax).

April 2017

SGST, CGST, IGST, and UTGST acts were passed.

July 1st, 2017

The Goods and Services Act was implemented in almost everywhere in India.

July 7th, 2017

The Goods and Services acts were implemented in Jammu and Kashmir.

GSTN: Goods And Services Tax Network

GSTN represents the Goods and Services Tax Network. It was presented by the Government as a privately owned business in 2013. It was enrolled under the Companies Act 1956, under Section 25. The primary motivation behind GSTN is to give front-end services for enlistment, returns to tax-paying citizens, and tax payments. additionally has the obligation to create back-end specialized modules that will be utilized by the states that had selected. Almost 34 IT and Financial innovation organizations are picked and named as GST Suvidha Providers to create applications that can be used by citizens to communicate with GSTN.

The implementation of GST all across the nation has greatly benefited it and tax-paying citizens. From streamlining processes, removing the system of double taxing, creating a unified national marketplace, setting up a uniform/consistent taxation structure to helping small businesses, attracting international investments, and increasing the competition. GST has impacted every business in the nation and it will continue to do so.

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