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Issuance Of FAQs Clarifies GST On Financial Services

Along with sweeping changes in federal and state taxation, the goods and services tax (GST) introduced in 2017 also impacted how business was done, particularly in the financial services sector. With the intent of ensuring “smooth roll-out” of GST, the GST Council constituted 18 sectoral working groups to consider issues and problems relating to 18 sectors in June last year. The objectives of these groups included interacting with and examining representations from trade and industry bodies, highlighting specific issues on the application of GST, and providing sector-specific guidance. On 3 June, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) issued a compilation of 91 “frequently asked questions” (FAQs) on the application of GST to the financial services sector.