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FinMin to simplify GST profiteering complaint form

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The ministry is planning to simplify the form which consumers are required to fill to submit their complaints against businesses that are indulging in profiteering post rollout.

The ministry wants to make the form more consumer- friendly and simpler.

As many as 170 complaints have been filed before the and screening committee by consumers against businesses for not passing on benefits of rate reduction since the implementation of the Goods and Services (GST) from July 1.

The profiteering complaint form, though a single page document, has about 44 columns seeking a number of details and half of these fields are mandatory.

The move to simplify the form comes after the standing committee received numerous representations red flagging the complicated nature of the form, an said.

"A simplified form is on the anvil so that even a common man can apply without the help of an No complex details would be sought," the told

In the existing form, the consumer has to specify the actual price or value charged per unit pre-and the same post Also, the total per unit and the reduction in tax amount post GST has to be filled up by the complainant.

Details of pre-GST rates of excise duty, VAT, service tax, luxury tax charged by the businesses against whom the profiteering complaint is being lodged too have to be filled up.

Self-attested copies of all documentary evidences like proof of identity, invoice, price list and detailed working sheet have to be submitted along with the form.

As per the structure of the anti-profiteering mechanism in the GST regime, complaints of local nature will be first sent to the while those of national level will be marked for the


If the complaints have merit, the respective committees would refer the cases for further investigation to the of Safeguards (DGS).

Once DGS submits its report, it would be scrutinised by the for further action, which may include fine and extreme penalty like cancellation of registration.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 11:35 IST
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