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Do law firms come under GST: Delhi HC seeks clarification from Centre

The High Court has listed the hearing on the same for July 18

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Delhi High Court (Photo - PTI)
Delhi High Court (Photo - PTI)

The has asked the Central Government to clarify whether and lawyers come under (GST) or not.

In a statement directed towards the Central Government, the High Court has directed that no forcible actions be taken against any lawyer or law firm for non-compliance with any legal requirement under the Act, the Act or the Act till a clarification is issued by the Centre and the Delhi Government.

The said, "As of date there is no clarity on whether all legal services (not restricted to representational services) provided by legal practitioners and firms would be governed by the reverse charge mechanism."

The High Court further said that if all legal services are to be governed by the reverse charge mechanism, then there would be no purpose in requiring legal practitioners and law firms to compulsorily get registered under the CGST, and Acts.

It also said, "Those seeking voluntary registration would anyway avail of the facility under Section 25 (3) of the Act (and the corresponding provision of the other two statutes)."

It added that there is prima facie merit in the contention of Mittal that the legal practitioners are under a genuine doubt whether they require to register themselves.

"In the circumstances, the Court directs that no coercive action be taken against any lawyer or law firms for non-compliance with any legal requirement under the Act, the Act or the Act till a clarification is issued by the Central Government and the GNCTD, till orders in that regard by this Court also clarifies that any lawyer or law firm that has been registered under the Act, or the Act or the Act from 1" July, 2017 onwards will not be denied the benefit of such clarification as and when it is issued," said the Delhi HC.

The High Court has listed the hearing on the same for July 18.

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 14:17 IST
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