Section 2(41) to 2(50) of the CGST Act, 2017: Definitions

Definitions of various important terms under Sections 2(41) to 2(50) of the CGST Act, 2017, as notified/ amended by Govt. of India/ CBIC upto 30th Sept. 2020, unless the context otherwise requires, are as under:

Section 2(41) > document includes written or printed record of any sort and electronic record as defined in clause (t) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

Section 2(42) > drawback in relation to any goods manufactured in India and exported, means the rebate of duty, tax or cess chargeable on any imported inputs or on any domestic inputs or input services used in the manufacture of such goods.

Section 2(43) > electronic cash ledger means the electronic cash ledger referred to in sub-section (1) of section 49.

Section 2(44) > electronic commerce means the supply of goods or services or both, including digital products over digital or electronic network.

Section 2(45) > electronic commerce operator means any person who owns, operates or manages digital or electronic facility or platform for electronic commerce.

Section 2(46) > electronic credit ledger means the electronic credit ledger referred to in sub-section (2) of section 49.

Section 2(47) > exempt supply means supply of any goods or services or both which attracts nil rate of tax or which may be wholly exempt from tax under section 11, or under section 6 of the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act, and includes non-taxable supply.

Section 2(48) > existing law means any law, notification, order, rule or regulation relating to levy and collection of duty or tax on goods or services or both passed or made before the commencement of this Act by Parliament or any Authority or person having the power to make such law, notification, order, rule or regulation.

Section 2(49) > family means,–
(i) the spouse and children of the person, and
(ii) the parents, grand-parents, brothers and sisters of the person if they are wholly or mainly dependent on the said person.

Section 2(50) > fixed establishment means a place (other than the registered place of business) which is characterised by a sufficient degree of permanence and suitable structure in terms of human and technical resources to supply services, or to receive and use services for its own needs.

Amendments History:

1. CBEC notifies 22nd June 2017 as the Commencement date for Section 2 of the CGST Act 2017, vide Notification 1/2017 Central Tax.


Govt. has notified the CGST Act, 2017 on 12th April, 2017, which has subsequently been amended through the CGST (Extension to J&K) Act 2017, Finance Act 2018, CGST Amendment Act 2018, Finance (No. 2) Act 2019, Finance Act 2020, Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance 2020. Further, CBEC/ CBIC has also issued various Notifications from time to time, relating to the commencement date of various Sections/ Provisions in the respective CGST/ Amendment Acts, wherever required.

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