Indian businesses that paid most of their goods and services tax (GST) liability using input tax credit or reported a significant variation in turnover are being queried by taxmen, a move that has irked industry and prompted it to petition the authorities against such tactics. Tax officials have sent emails seeking information from businesses that paid over 95% of their dues using input tax credit to ascertain the key factors responsible for subdued GST collections.
These queries relate to a large variation in turnover reported, negative growth in central GST liability & a wide divergence in input tax credit between GSTR-2A and GSTR-3B. In some centres, businesses have been even asked to furnish tax payment challans. GSTR-2A and GSTR-3B are return forms. The first includes all information related to purchases, the second is a simplified return form aimed at making life easier for filers. GST was rolled out on July 1, 2017.