Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

GST Network bugs: Sushil Modi rushes to reassure taxpayers about tech glitches

GSTR 3B is a simple four-page return form introduced by the CBEC for the month of July and August. For the month of July 46 lakh dealers had filed the form. File No any further extension in filing of returns under GST, says Hasmukh Adhia
Nellie Chapman | 17 September, 2017, 08:37

Majority are expected to be resolved by October-end, chairman of the GST group of ministers (GoM), Sushil Kumar Modi, said on Saturday.

Hasmukh Adhia, Revenue Secretary, Sushil Kumar Modi, Bihar Deputy CM, Thomas Isaac, Kerala FM, Amar Agarwal, Commercial Taxes Minister of Chhattisgarh, Krishna Byregowda, Agri Minister of Karnataka, Etela Rajendar, Telangana FM, Pravin Rao, Interim CEO of Infosys, Raghupati Cavale, Head-India Business of Infosys, DN Prahlad, Independent Director of Infosys were present at the meeting. We can't conclude like that...they are delivering very well.

Infosys has not failed When asked whether Infosys had failed in providing competent services, Adhia said: "They have not failed.It's just that initial hiccups and other issues have to be sorted out. Not at all", Adhia told reporters after the GoM meeting. "Infosys has assured us that they will take care of all these things", Modi said. However, GoM headed by Mr. Modi has said crowding will aggravate the issues and hence the dealers must not wait till the last date. Most of the issues are common throughout the country...we have identified the problems.

The Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister, who chaired a meeting that lasted for almost two hours, told reporters after the meeting that efforts were being made to solve 80 % of glitches in GSTN by October 30.

Filing of returns on the last days of the month had caused technical glitches.

Although only five days were left for filing of the returns for August, merely 3.05 lakh dealers had filed their 3B returns as against the 46 lakh dealers, who had filed it in July, he regretted. I want to appeal to all taxpayers that they should not wait for the last day.

Appealing to dealers to file their tax returns in advance to avoid a last minute rush, he said glitches had developed in the GSTN software owing to the huge pressure on it with people rushing to file their GSTR-3B return.

About 22 crore invoices have been filed in last 2-2.5 months, he said. This is a fraction of 85 lakh registered taxpayers.

Modi said discussions involving more than 80 officials of state governments, tax consultants, tax experts and big companies were held on Friday.

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

The Goods and Service Tax Council group of Ministers on Saturday made a decision to have a review meeting every 15 days to assess the improvement of various issues besides sharing information on a daily basis.