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

17 September 2017, 04:41 | Kelvin Horton

GSTN glitches GoM selects 25 issues to meet every fortnight

GSTN glitches GoM selects 25 issues to meet every fortnight

"Not at all", Adhia told reporters after the GoM meeting.

IT services firm Infosys is taking care of the IT infrastructure for GSTN. There were some technical glitches related to filing to returns in initial few days and we had a detailed discussion over the technical issues with Infosys team, said Modi. "In a a month's time, 70-80% problems will be resolved", Modi said after the meeting.

He also appealed to the taxpayers to file their GST returns at the earliest, citing the wide gap in the number of returns filed for the month of July and the ones filed for August so far. He has informed that 47 lakh dealers had filed 3B summery returns in July and in August over 3 lakh dealers have filed summery returns.

Filing of returns on the last days of the month had caused technical glitches.

Appealing to dealers to file their tax returns in advance to avoid a last minute rush, he said glitches had developed in the GSTN software owing to the huge pressure on it with people rushing to file their GSTR-3B return.

As each dealer had to register with PAN and Aadhaar numbers and comply with the norms applicable to them under the GST regime, they have been also facing procedural problems, as some of the forms to be filled were not yet uploaded on the portal. This is a fraction of 85 lakh registered taxpayers.

The group of Ministers has consulted IT solution vendors, tax consultants and experts, commercial tax officials, bankers and big companies to flag the issues coming in the way of smooth filing of GST returns.

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. "Don't wait for the last date", said Modi.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to monitor the technical issues in the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has given Bengaluru-based IT major Infosys to fix glitches in the system in one month. "We'll discuss it in our next meeting and we'll see the status of implementation", Modi said. "The attempt was to work around the difficulties to eliminate problems, leading to better understanding of all stakeholders", he added.

Adhia, however, ruled out extending the timeline for filing of GSTR-3B returns.

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