GST would be totally internet based: CESTAT prez

Kolkata
27 Mar 2017

Dr. Chandra, President, Customs, Excise, Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT), in his address said,  that since GST would be totally internet based & system driven, all the communications to the assessees would be made by email. In India, where only 6% of population paying Income Tax, 16% conversant with internet and 25% of villages not being electrified, implementation would be a huge challenge.
Merchants Chamber of Commerce & Industry organized an interactive session with Justice Dr. Chandra, on “A Journey of Indirect Tax Towards GST” recently.
S K Panda, Chief Commissioner, Service Tax Kolkata also addressed the Session. P K Chaudhary, and Devendra Singh, Members CESTAT Kolkata were present on the occasion.
Dr. Chandra pointed out that since GST would be totally internet based & system driven, all the communications to the assessees would be made by email. In India, where only 6% of population paying Income Tax, 16% conversant with internet and 25% of villages not being electrified, implementation would be a huge challenge. He further said that the transitional phase would be very difficult for the small businessmen. Initially they would have to hire professionals for meeting GST requirements, which would result in increase in overhead costs adding that in certain cases, particularly for food and medicine having expiry dates, input tax credit might not be available.
Referring to CESTAT, he said that efforts had been on to reduce pendency of cases and to resolve all the cases before the onset of GST. He noted that pendency had come down to 88,000 now from 1,04,000 in June 2016. Disposal had been more than 100 per day, he added. CESTAT had been making all attempts to clear the cases, despite shortage of funds and manpower resources.
Earlier, in his Welcome Address, Hemant Bangur, President of the Chamber, expressed concern over pendency of cases and requested the Tribunal to dispose of all the cases before introduction of GST. (EOIC)