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GST roll-out shall take place by Sept 16, 2017: Jaitley

Nov 12, 2016
  • Published by : The Dollar Business
  • Author(s) : Stella Joseph
  • The Finance Minister recently indicated that while GST is aimed to be implemented from April 1, 2017, the roll out would have to take place, at the very latest, by September 16, 2017, as after this date, the existing taxes on goods and services will cease to exist in terms of Section 19 of the Constitution (One Hundred And First Amendment) Act, 2016. A Press Release from the Ministry of Finance also carried a statement by the Hon’ble Finance Minister that major hurdles for GST have been resolved and it would be implemented by April 2017.

    Progress on the GST Bills

    The Centre has formally listed three Bills – the Central Goods and Services Tax Bill, the Integrated GST Bill and GST (Compensation for Loss of Revenue) Bill for passage through Parliament in the upcoming winter session scheduled between November 16 and December 16, 2016.

    It has also been decided in the last GST Council meeting that the GST draft laws shall be prepared by November14-15 and the States will get one week to suggest changes on the same.  A ministerial meeting is scheduled on November 20 to meet political consensus on the same and it is hoped that the drafts will be approved during the next GST Council meeting scheduled on November 24 – 25 .

    GST System Portal and Enrolment of Existing Assessees

    GST system portal (http://www.gst.gov.in/) went live on November 8, 2016. The portal is launched to facilitate enrolment of assessees currently registered under VAT, Service tax and Excise. The existing tax payers are now required to enrol to obtain a GST Identification Number (“GSTIN”) and update certain business details along with prescribed documents.

    The State wise schedule for the enrolment (migration) process for existing tax payers has been released. This process has started for Sikkim and Pondicherry on November 8, 2016 whereas for other States including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa, the process is scheduled to start from November 14, 2016 and end by November 29, 2016. The enrolment process for other States is also scheduled during the months of November and December, 2016 and January, 2017. For service tax registrants, the enrolment process starts from January1, 2017 and ends on January 31, 2017.

    States like Goa, Pondicherry, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh have issued directions for making available the provisional ID and password (which is required for the completing the online pre-registration process under GST). Directives from other State VAT authorities are awaited.

    For assessees having multiple registrations (example VAT registrations under different States or VAT and Service tax registrations), clarity is awaited as to whether, if the enrolment process has already been undertaken for one State, it has to be undertaken again for other States or separately for Service tax. Further, it is also not clear if the first enrolment will have an impact in determining which authority will have the administrative control over the assessee.

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