Help desks to assist GST assessees

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The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Commissionerate here has opened help desks at its offices in Tiruppur, Coimbatore, and the Nilgiris districts to help the registered assessees file annual returns. The last date for filing of annual returns for the year 2017-2018 is August 31. At the national level, just about 20 % of the registered assessees have filed the annual returns so far. In Coimbatore too, the numbers are not very encouraging, said Rajesh Sodhi, Principal Commissioner of GST, here on Thursday. Mr. Sodhi told presspersons that the Commissionerate is organizing workshops and setting up help desks mainly for the benefit of small and medium-scale enterprises. The officials have also identified some of the technical glitches that the assessees face. The personnel at the help desks will assist the taxpayers to overcome the technical problems.

The Commissionerate had 28,000 assessees when the GST was introduced. The number has increased to over 66,000 now. The GST revenue for 2018-19 for the Commissionerate was ₹ 1798 crore. This financial year, it is ₹ 677 crores till July end. The assessees will have to file GSTR-9, GSTR-9A, or GSTR-9C depending on the aggregate turnover. Not all the registered taxpayers will be able to go to a Chartered Accountant. In an effort to help them, the help desks are opened till August 31 at the Seva Kendras at the head office here and divisional offices. Mr. Sodhi added that the Sabka Vishwas Scheme (Legacy Dispute Resolution) announced in the Union Budget is expected to be notified soon. Taxpayers with disputes in taxes under Central Excise, Service Tax, and cesses can make use of the scheme and go in for a settlement, he said. “The highlight of the scheme is it provides total relief from payment of interest and penalty,” he said.

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