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Taxability of works contracts for PSU in GST

Taxability of works contracts for PSU in GST 

There is a huge number of works contracts for PSU in GST . Many contractors work for various government entities for construction projects. The Contracts done for PSU’s are covered in both notification no. 12/2017 and 13/2017 of CGST rate notifications.  Exemption notification for services has covered the services provided by various Government entities for consideration received from various governments as grant.

S. No. Chapter, Section, Heading, Group Service Code (Tariff) Description of Services Rate (per cent )
9C Chapter 99

Supply of service by a Government Entity to Central Government, State Government, Union territory, local authority or any person specified by Central Government, State Government, Union territory or local authority against consideration received from Central Government, State Government, Union territory or local authority, in the form of grants.



Meaning of government entity:

The term government entity is defined in the notification no. 12/2017 inserted via notification no. 32/2017 CTR dt 13.10.2017.

Clause (zfa) of said notification defines the term government entity. Accordingly “Government Entity” means an authority or a board or any other body including a society, trust, corporation,-

  • Set up by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature; or
  • Established by any Government,

With 90per cent. or more participation by way of equity or control, to carry out a function entrusted by the Central Government, State Government, Union Territory or a local authority.”

An important issue related to above definition is whether this text added after clause (ii) is applicable to both of above entries. If we see the drafting of this clause the “or” word is used after entry (i) indicating that the condition ends at that moment. Thus we can say that this condition will be applicable for entities in entry (ii) only.

This issue was raised and very well addressed in Advance ruling of M/s NHPC Ltd. By Uttrakhand authority of advanced ruling. The issue raised by the entity was:

A. Whether they are required to pay GST under reverse charge in terms of Notification No. I3l2O17 dated 28.06,2017 while making payment to PWD, Uttrakhand for construction of road.

B. What is the time of supply when advance payment is released to PWD, Uttrakhand.

C. Whether the amount deposited with Central Fund i.e Uttranchal CAMPA and reimbursed by MEA considering as part cost of the road is liable for GST.

Which was answered as:

In view of the above discussions & findings we order as under: No GST is applicable on the activity of the applicant since the same falls under exempted services in terms of Notification No.12 12017 –Central tax (Rate). dated 28.06.2017 (as amended time to time).

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CA Shaifaly Girdharwal is a GST consultant, Author, Trainer and a famous You tuber. She has taken many seminars on various topics of GST. She is Partner at Ashu Dalmia & Associates and heading the Indirect Tax department. She has authored a book on GST published by Taxmann.

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