GOM on GST Network to resolve 80% IT issues by 30 Oct

GST Council needs to discuss in detail before implementing tax on petrol and diesel Nitish Kumar

GST Council needs to discuss in detail before implementing tax on petrol and diesel Nitish Kumar

"There are always initial hiccups and issues, but there haven't been large-scale failures", Adhia was quoted as saying when asked about the problems being faced by users of the network.

The hassles taxpayers faced in uploading GST returns had led to several extensions of deadlines.

Under the composition scheme, traders or dealers with less than Rs 75-lakh annual turnover have to file their quarterly returns though they will not tax their consumers.

IT services firm Infosys is taking care of the IT infrastructure for GSTN. However, GoM headed by Mr. Modi has said crowding will aggravate the issues and hence the dealers must not wait till the last date. "About 47 lakh dealers filed their July GSTR-3B, a short summary return...for August, till now only 3.05 lakh have filed their GSTR-3B return".

As FE had reported earlier, the GST Network had blamed the big taxpayers for flooding the system with invoices while filing the full return in the first week of the month. "In a a month's time, 70-80% problems will be resolved", Modi said after the meeting. "So, there are a few glitches initially", said Modi, who attended nearly all tax related meetings during 2007-13.

A total of 23.18 lakh new dealers have registered under GST. This is a fraction of 85 lakh registered taxpayers.

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It was also made a decision to have another meeting of the committee in 15 days to review the improvement of various issues and also to fix deadlines on individual aspects for release and sticking to the same.

Almost 80 officials of commercial tax department of different states held marathon meetings on Friday with all stakeholders such as dealers, tax consultants and software experts to understand numerous challenges faced by them.

The GOM meeting will be held every 15 days, mostly in Bengaluru, with the next meeting scheduled in the first week of October.

While the government has said that glitches encountered by taxpayers were due to overload on the system, businesses have complained about the frequent breakdowns in the IT network.

Adhia said that there are difficulties but the attempt has been to find a solution to alleviate problems of people.

"Owing to to huge rush of GSTR-3B return filing on the penultimate date of the month, the GSTN software witnessed glitches", he said.

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