No more ex­ten­sions for fil­ing gst re­turns

The Sunday Guardian - - & Comment Analysis - IANS

BENGALURU: Govern­ment on Saturday ruled out any fur­ther ex­ten­sion in fil­ing of re­turns un­der GST af­ter De­cem­ber and ad­vised the tax­pay­ers to file them in ad­vance and not wait for the last day. “We have kept long dead­lines for GST fil­ing. For at least six months the tax­pay­ers have to file their own as­sess­ment. There will be no ex­ten­sion later,” Rev­enue Sec­re­tary Has­mukh Ad­hia told re­porters here af­ter the first meet­ing of the Group of Min­is­ters (GOM) that was formed to tackle the IT-re­lated glitches. The GST Coun­cil has al­lowed busi­nesses to file GSTR-3B, which is a self-as­s­es­ment of their sale and pur­chases, till De­cem­ber.

“Ini­tial hic­cups are there but no mass scale fail­ure. Ini­tial is­sues need to be sorted out. We have de­cided a plan of ac­tion. The at­tempt was to work around the dif­fi­cul­ties to elim­i­nate prob­lems, lead­ing to bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of all stake­hold­ers,” he added.

IT ser­vices firm In­fosys is tak­ing care of the IT in­fra­struc­ture for GSTN. GOM was formed at the last meet­ing of GST Coun­cil in Hy­der­abad af­ter lot of I-T is­sues con­cer­ing re­turns fil­ing were raised by the states.

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