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Panel sets timelines for fixing GSTN glitches

Panel sets timelines for fixing GSTN glitches

The hassles taxpayers faced in uploading GST returns had led to several extensions of deadlines.

He appealed to the users to file return early and not wait for last day.

Even as Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi attempted to assure the taxpayers that GST Network, the IT backbone for GST, has been plagued only by minor technical glitches that will be resolved soon, he pointed out that failure of taxpayers to file returns well before the deadline was contributing to the stress on the system. "Overall we are satisfied with the performance of GSTN and Infosys is doing its best to make it error free", Modi was quoted as saying by PTI.

Modi, who heads the ministerial group, said that even though trials for the IT system were done, but "when you take the bull by the horn, then you face the issues".

"About 47 lakh GSTR 3B returns were filed for the month of July, but only 3.05 lakh returns have so far been filed for August. So, there are a few glitches initially", said Modi, who attended nearly all tax related meetings during 2007-13.

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Under the composition scheme, traders or dealers with less than Rs 75-lakh annual turnover have to file their quarterly returns though they will not tax their consumers. The total number of registrants under GST is 85 lakh, which includes about 23.18 lakh new taxpayers and 62.25 lakh taxpayers who have migrated from the earlier VAT, excise and service tax regime.

Modi, who briefed reporters after the first meeting of the panel in Bengaluru, said officials from Infosys Ltd, which built the IT network for GSTN to process tax returns, will work on all problems identified in the system.

The Goods and Service Tax Council group of Ministers on Saturday made a decision to have a review meeting every 15 days to assess the improvement of various issues besides sharing information on a daily basis. On the glitch, he said, "Any system will take time to stabilise".

Adhia said that there are difficulties but the attempt has been to find a solution to alleviate problems of people. The five-member group is expected to meet every fortnight to resolve the issues, he said after its first meeting in Bengaluru on Saturday.

"Owing to to huge rush of GSTR-3B return filing on the penultimate date of the month, the GSTN software witnessed glitches", he said.