Changes planned in e-way bill system to contain GST evasion

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India is eyeing several changes to the electronic-way bill system, ranging from auto calculation of distance for movement of goods to barring businesses from generating multiple e-way bills based on one invoice, as it cracks down on evasion in the goods and services tax (GST) framework. E-way bill system will be enabled to auto calculate the distance for movement of goods based on the postal PIN codes of source and destination locations while allowing a variation of only 10%.

That is if the system has displayed the distance between Place A and B, based on the PIN codes, as 655 kms; then the user will be able to enter the actual distance up to 720 KM (655KMs + 65KM), according to the new conditions. Tax experts reckon that tax evasion continues to be a major concern for the government, and it is increasingly relying on technology to plug the gaps.

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