The government on Saturday extended the last date for filing returns and payment of taxes under the goods and services tax (GST) regime by 5 days till August 25, after the GST Network portal faced technical issues because of huge rush.
But the portal suffered technical glitches as it was unable to take the load.
In a statement, the finance ministry said: “The GST Implementation Committee, consisting of state and central government officers, has taken a decision to extend the last date for payment of GST for July 2017 to August 25, 2017.” It said certain flood-hit states and as well as Jammu and Kashmir had sought an extension.
For taxpayers who have to claim credit for earlier taxes paid by filing form TRANS 1, the last date for returns will be August 28. “In order not to face any last moment technological difficulty in submission of returns, all taxpayers are requested to kindly file their return well before August 25/28, 2017 and not wait for the last date,” the ministry said.
Since Saturday morning, traders across the country experienced difficulties in filing returns and uploading GSTR 3B on the GST Network portal.
As the trouble surfaced, the website of gst.gov.in ran a scroll: “We are experiencing slowness and are working to improve the response. Please bear with us.” Under the GST regime, which was implemented from July 1, businesses are expected to file monthly tax returns.
While 7.2 million assessees of the old indirect tax regime have migrated to the GSTN, nearly 5 million have completed the migration process.