India: CAIT urges Government to extend GST return deadline following technical glitches in filing process
The Confederation of All India Traders has asked the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for an extension in deadline for filing GSTR3B return for September, till the end of the current year, citing technical faults on the GST website being the main obstacle to file returns. Notably, the Ministry of Finance announced to extend the deadline by 5 days to October 25, where Input Tax Credit (ITC) benefit for the period from July last year to March this year will also be made available for businesses, who can claim the benefits by the mentioned date. In a letter issued to the Finance Minister, CAIT elucidated that there are various issues on the website, that are creating a lot of problems for the dealers/ consultants to file their returns for the month of September.
“In the wake of no proper functioning of GST portal causing a lot of harassment to tax return filers, we at the first instance urged your good self to extend the due date of filing GSTR 3B for the month of September 2018 till December 31, 2018,” CAIT mentioned.
Furthermore, the CAIT also marked out that the facts depict that the Government is intending to raise its revenue with late fees income and termed such a move by the Government shameful.
The major issues being faced by the return filers are that the portal is unable to serve over 1,50,000 users at a time because of server failure and the entered figure automatically turns into zero along with numerous other errors while uploading any document.
Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General, CAIT concluded by saying that the Ministry of Finance must come up with a solution for this major problem and help to make GST a dream law rather than a nightmare.