With 83.10% Goods and Services Taxes (GST) collection for April-July 2020 period, Chandigarh has topped the country in terms of filing of returns during the lockdown months. Closely following the UT are Gujarat and Punjab on second and third positions with 81.44% and 81.10% GST collections, respectively.
As per the information, the UT excise and taxation department received Rs 14 crore, Rs 42 crore, Rs 73 crore and Rs 109 crore in GST in the months of April, May, June and July, respectively. As the relaxation in lockdown had started from May, the commercial establishments had started opening up, which gained momentum in the subsequent months, resulting in higher tax collections.
“Around 30,000 commercial units fall in the GST net in the UT. Out of these, nearly 16,500 pay tax to the excise and taxation department of the UT administration and the rest to the central excise department. We had formed nine teams, which were not only monitoring the payment of tax, but also helped the payers file their returns,” said an official.
“As the last date of filing of GSTR-3B (monthly return) is 20th of the following month, the department kept sending SMS alerts to the taxpayers about the deadline. It helped a lot in GST collection and without much hassle,” he added.