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GST not to increase compliance burden, says Revenue Secretary Adhia

Adhia also said indirect tax burden may come down in the new GST regime

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia at the Facebook Q & A session on GST Photo: PTI

The would not increase compliance burden on assessees and all apprehensions in this regard are misplaced, Secretary said today. "Many people think that implementation of would result in an increase in compliance cost. This is completely misplaced," he said while addressing netizens on Explaining the rationale, he said people have to keep different books for filing return for various taxes like VAT, Excise etc in the present taxation regime. "But with the roll-out of GST, there would be a single and accounting for this will be very simple. It can be done through an offline excel form provided by Network.

If someone uses this form for keeping the record of purchase and sales, then he can use this for filing return. Thus, compliance would be minimised," he said. Adhia, who is spearheading implementation of the Goods and Services (GST), said the ministry is gearing up for its roll out and five days training has already been given to officers. Besides, IT training for them is going on, he said. The government intends to implement the from July 1 and the Council headed by Minister Arun Jaitley has finalised four rate categories of 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and 28 per cent after unifying levies like central excise, service and VAT. Fitment will be done by adding the total incidence of current taxation (central plus state levies) and then putting the good or service in the bracket closest to it. Adhia also said indirect burden may come down in the new regime. "There would be many goods and services which would be out of so it would provide benefit to common man in respect of taxes. The roll out would be either neutral or there could be a reduction of the burden," he said. With regard to traders, he said, the filing would start from the threshold level of Rs 20 lakh and registration below the threshold limit is not required. Within one state under one PAN only one registration is allowed, he said. No other registration is allowed for one business but there is a requirement of separate registration in case of supply of products in more than one state, he added. For a coding purpose, he said, no Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HSN) code is required for business turnover of Rs 1.5 crore. On petroleum and alcohol products coming under GST, the secretary said that these may not be under the new regime till such time the Council decides to impose a rate. "In future, if states decide then alcohol, petrol, natural gas will come under GST," he said.

First Published: Mon, May 01 2017. 18:56 IST