Why online gaming companies are under scanner over cashbacks

The Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) has issued new summons to several online gaming companies, including Delta Corp, which runs Adda52, seeking details about cashback offered to players since October 2023, according to sources familiar with the matter. The DGGI’s Gurgaon office is investigating the practice of reimbursing taxed money to players as cashback … Read more

Over 29,000 fake GST claims found

`Government on Sunday said GST officers have detected 29,273 bogus firms involved in fake Input Tax Credit (ITC) claims of Rs 44,015 crore in eight months till December 2023 during a drive against fake registration, which helped save revenue of Rs 4,646 crore. In October-December 4,153 bogus firms that involved suspected ITC evasion of around … Read more

GST Collections: GST kitty grows 10% in December on strong domestic sources

Goods and services tax (GST) collections rose 10.3% to Rs 1,64,882 crore during December, driven by domestic sources, while the rise in mop-up from imported goods lagged. Latest data released by the finance ministry pegged collections from domestic sources to have increased 13% in December (for transactions in November). While Central and State GST rose … Read more

GST Council can vet pleas on GST registration threshold: Finance minister

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said the request from Parliamentarians to raise the sales threshold for Goods and Services Tax (GST) registration can be looked into by the GST Council; however, she added that most small businesses ideally should be part of the GST chain. While replying to a discussion on the Central Goods … Read more

Confident that GST issues will be resolved soon, says E-Gaming Federation chief

The E-Gaming Federation (EGF), a self-regulatory body for the online gaming industry, is confident that issues around the recent GST changes which increased companies’ tax burden will be resolved soon. The federation’s CEO, Anuraag Saxena, said he was optimistic about ongoing discussions between the federation and government stakeholders looking to address these concerns. Saxena said … Read more

Domestic collections propel GST growth by 10% in Sept

Goods and services tax (GST) collections rose 10.2% to Rs 1,62,712 crore in September, driven by a 14% growth in domestic transactions. The finance ministry as well as tax experts expect the collections to get a boost during October and November as the festival season kicks in. Besides, tighter regulation and the inclusion of online … Read more

Deposit refunds by casinos, online gaming sites taxable

The finance ministry on Wednesday notified the way deposits made to online gaming platforms and casinos will be treated for tax purposes, clarifying that refunds made to the player will not get any relief on tax. The changes are introduced by amending CGST rules 2017, by way of CGST (Third Amendment) Rules, 2023, which are … Read more

Cabinet okays GST changes to betting on online games

The Union cabinet on Wednesday cleared legislative changes needed to implement the GST Council’s decision to ensure that 28% GST is paid on the full value of amounts deposited by players for betting on online games, casinos and horse races, three people familiar with the development said. The cabinet clearance to the bill enables the … Read more

GST revenues register three-month high in July

India’s gross revenues from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) hit a three-month high to cross ₹1.65 lakh crore in July. However, at 10.8%, it was the slowest uptick in collections since July 2021 compared to revenues from the same month last year. Revenues from domestic transactions and services imports grew 15% in July, which … Read more