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Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

GOM on GST Network to resolve 80% IT issues by 30 Oct

GOM on GST Network to resolve 80% IT issues by 30 Oct

The Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to resolve the IT challenges faced in the implementation of GST, during its first meeting held in Bengaluru on Saturday, chose to give an option to tax payers to edit their GSTR 3B return. India's second-largest software services provider Infosys is managing the IT infrastructure for GSTN. "I don't think they (Infosys as a vendor of GSTN) have failed".

Adhia said: "Initial hiccups are there but no mass scale failure". "Key problems such as the de-registration facility or the refund mechanism to the exporters should be given preference as far as the system is concerned", said Abhishek Rastogi, Partner, Khaitan & Company.

Infosys officials were involved in identifying the set of universal glitches: Inability to rectify errors, lack of forms, issues regarding processing applications and bugs in the software that slow down the system.

"There is heavy rust to file returns in the last 3-4 days beforeA the deadline", he added.

On 9 September, the GST Council extended the last date for filing GSTR 3B, a summary return of transactions for July, by four more months.

The GST Council had last week chose to reopen the window for allowing taxpayers to opt for the scheme. He had said last minute filing would only add to the glitches as the portal will not be able to cope. But, only 10.86 lakh tax payers, out of total 85 lakh registered businesses opted for the scheme. About 11 lakh dealers have registered under the composition scheme, Modi said.

This prompted the GST Council to extend the provision of filing summary return till December from August earlier.

Rajender in his introductory remarks said that despite the time constraint GST has performed well and also pointed out that there were many challenges ahead which need to be addressed immediately.

The GoM meeting will be held every 15 days, mostly in Bengaluru, with the next meeting scheduled in the first week of October. The first meeting of the GoM was held in Bengaluru on September 16.

In the next meeting, they will discuss the decisions taken in Saturday's meeting, the timeline and the plan which has been planned to resolve the issues. Modi further said that registration of house and other properties is also a part of the GST, though it has not been implemented so far. "The attempt was to work around the difficulties to eliminate problems, leading to better understanding of all stakeholders". GSTR-3, which is the match of GSTR-1 and GSTR-2, was needed to be filed by September 30.

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