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GSTN has tweaked features for glitch-free tax payment facility

To allow glitch-free tax payment facility, GSTN has tweaked features

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Network (GSTN) has tweaked some of the features on its portal over the past month to make the system more robust and allow glitch-free payment facility to nearly 35 lakh assessees, its CEO Prakash Kumar said today.

Of the total 87.33 lakh registered businesses on the GSTN, which manages the IT infrastructure of the new regime, 68 lakh were eligible to pay taxes in August.


Of the total registered taxpayers, 24.56 lakh are new registrations, while 62.77 lakh have migrated from the earlier excise, service and regime.

Kumar said the portal has handled a humongous load of filing of 1.3 lakh returns filing and payment per hour on September 20 -- the last day of filing of August returns.

"Nearly 35 lakh people had filed returns till Saturday. We have done some tweaking in our portal and it is evident from the load handled at the time of August return filing," he told PTI.

Kumar said a significant number of returns were filed even after the due date of September 20 for August month.

Till September 20, over 30 lakh returns were filed, and the tally went up to nearly 35 lakh till September 23.

"A lot of businesses file returns even after the end of due date as the (GST) Council has done away with late payment fee. This delayed filing of returns used to happen at the time of payment as well in states," Kumar said.

The ministerial panel under Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi to look into glitches in Network will meet on October 4 to assess improvement in functioning of the portal.

The group of ministers will meet just two days before the full Council meeting on October 6 and would update the Council on its findings.

Network (GSTN) had faced glitches during the GSTR-3B filing for July, which had forced the government to extend the due date for filing of returns.

As many as 49.68 lakh returns in GSTR-3B were filed for July. This compares to 59.6 lakh businesses who are required to file returns. Taxes of over Rs 95,000 crore were collected in the maiden month of roll-out.

The Council had earlier this month constituted the group of ministers under Modi, to sort out the issues faced by businesses while filing returns and paying taxes on portal.

After the first meeting of the GoM on September 16, Modi had said that 25 key issues have been identified and there would be visible change on the portal in next 7-10 days.

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First Published: Sun, September 24 2017. 16:40 IST
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