Section 2(16) of IGST Act: Meaning of “Non-taxable Online Recipient”
As per Section 2(16) of the Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) Act, 2017, unless the context otherwise requires, the term “non-taxable online recipient” has been defined, as under:
Section 2(16) of IGST Act: Meaning of “Non-taxable Online Recipient” (CHAPTER I PRELIMINARY)
“non-taxable online recipient” means any Government, local authority, governmental authority, an individual or any other person not registered and receiving online information and database access or retrieval services in relation to any purpose other than commerce, industry or any other business or profession, located in taxable territory.
Explanation: The expression “governmental authority” means an authority or a board or any other body,—
(i) set up by an Act of Parliament or a State Legislature; or
(ii) established by any Government,
with ninety per cent or more participation by way of equity or control, to carry out any function entrusted to a Panchayat under article 243G or to a municipality under article 243W of the Constitution.
1. The text ‘to a Panchayat under article 243G or’ inserted vide IGST (Amendment) Act, 2018. Thus the Function entrusted to Panchayat under article 243G also included in the definition.
Govt. has notified the Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) Act, 2017 on 12 April, 2017 followed with various CBIC Notifications on commencement date for various Sections/ Provisions thereof from time to time. Govt. has further notified the Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) (Amendment) Act, 2018 on 30 Aug. 2018 followed with CBIC Notification on commencement date of various Sections/ Provisions thereof from 1 Feb. 2019 vide Notification No. 1/2019 Integrated Tax dt. 29 Jan. 2019 except for amendments where the date of commencement is different from 1 Feb. 2019 and has specifically been mentioned in the IGST Amendment Act, 2018 itself.
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