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Section 87 of GST – Liability in case of amalgamation or merger of companies
(1) When two or more companies are amalgamated or merged in pursuance of an order of court or of Tribunal or otherwise and the order is to take effect from a date earlier to the date of the order and any two or more of such companies have supplied or received any goods or services or both to or from each other during the period commencing on the date from which the order takes effect till the date of the order, then such transactions of supply and receipt shall be included in the turnover of supply or receipt of the respective companies and they shall be liable to tax accordingly.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the said order, for all purposes of this Act, the said two or more companies shall be treated as distinct companies for the period up to the date of the said order and the registration certificates of the said companies shall be cancelled, with effect from the date of the said order.
Related provisions of the Statute:
|Section or Rule||Description|
|Section 2(17)||Definition of Business|
|Section 2(43)||Definition of Taxable Person|
|Section 7||Meaning and scope of supply|
|Section 9||Levy and collection|
|Section 18||Availability of credit in certain circumstances|
|Section 28||Amendment of registration|
|Section 29||Cancellation of registration|
Analysis of this section
Introduction – This section deals with the tax liability on certain transactions between the effective date and date of order of Tribunal/Court in case of amalgamation or merger of companies.
(i) In cases of amalgamation or merger of two or more companies by virtue of an order passed by Tribunal/Court/otherwise, the following two crucial dates are relevant, –
- — Date from / on which the amalgamation/merger is effective;
- — Date of the order pursuant to which the amalgamation/merger takes place;
(ii) Normally, by virtue of the said order the transactions of supply of goods and/or services inter-se between the companies merged/amalgamated, between two dates, would get nullified as they would become one entity from the effective date (and not from the date of the order).
(iii) However, for the purposes of GST, by virtue of this provision, such transactions would continue to be treated as supply by one entity and receipt by the other, viz., all the provisions of this law would equally apply as if the amalgamation or merger had not taken place and both the entities continue as two different taxable persons. Till the date of order of amalgamation / merger, those companies shall be treated as distinct companies and should discharge their respective tax liabilities.
(iv) Thus, this provision would eclipse the order and legal effect of the Court/Tribunal for the limited purposes of GST law. As such, it will NOT be unusual to find that transactions will be reported in the financials of transferee entity after giving effect to the Order but the same transactions (during the intervening period) will remain the books (and GST returns) of the transferor and WITHOUT unwinding the same. This is a departure from the practice in all other tax laws in such instances.
(v) It provides that wherever necessary, the registration certificates of the said companies would stand cancelled with effect from the date of the said order.
Please refer to the facility provided by rule 41 for transfer of unutilized input tax credit lying in electronic credit ledger of the transferor.
It is interesting that the words ‘amalgamation or merger’ is used without reference to various innovations in the field of corporate compromises and arrangements. Experts are of the view that all arrangements where order of NCLT is passed may come within the operation of this provision and the absence of specific terms like demerge or reverse-demerger or spin-off which are different forms of such corporate compromises and arrangements which operate on the same principle of amalgamations or merger must be allowed where there is an interval of time between date of order and date of its effect.
With the multiple registration within the same State being permitted, credit is permitted to be transferred and reallocated between each such registration by filing ITC 2A. This credit will be allocated in the ratio of assets of each registration held.
Comparative analysis with the erstwhile regime
This is comparable to most of the State level VAT laws, wherein the sale of goods between such entities (between the effective date of merger / amalgamation and the date of the order) will be treated as sale by one entity and purchase by the other. Such transactions will continue to be liable to tax as if the merger or amalgamation had not taken place and both the entities continue as two different entities.
Issues and Concerns
As the treatment under the Companies Act, 2013 read with relevant rules thereto and GST law are different for a period commencing from effective date of order of merger till the date of issue of order, both the merged company and the resultant company will have to keep track of transactions effected between each other during the above said period and maintain relevant reconciliations for the purpose of both the laws, if the same is not done, it would lead to unnecessary complications and avoidable litigations.