Govt serious over suggestions on practical issues: CA Thakkar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Feb 2018 09:55:16


Business Bureau,

Goods & Services Tax (GST) is one of the biggest tax reforms which has taken place in India. The tax implemented on July 1 remains a subject matter of discussion and will remain so till all the starting troubles get’s settled. As a new law there are various problems in understanding, interpretation as well as compliance. Though, it will be settled with time but it will take some time. The most important aspect is that Government is listening to the suggestions given on various practical aspects. This was observed by CA Deepak Thakkar.

He was talking as a chief guest at the seminar on GST organised by Nagpur Branch of ICAI at the Auditorium of SMS Infrastructure Limited. “With this new system, we are sure that no transaction will be evaded and the tax liability will be discharged by the dealers at all levels. Many problems are already addressed by the Government and necessary clarification and relaxation are being given from time to time. The relaxation in reverse charge mechanism and in monthly return filing is a big relief to many dealers and departments,” he said.

The major problem is being faced in the rural area because of the infrastructure and connectivity problems. “Many of the units are located in remote areas where there is no connectivity and under such situation monthly compliance is a very big challenge especially in sectors where the volume of data is huge. These challenges become bigger when portal do not respond and also when the emails bounce back from the portal,” he said.

To address all such issues regular interaction should be done by the Department and Helpdesk should be started at all the places including the rural areas which would be more helpful in addressing all such practical issues. Real time education should be given by the Department on GST which would be beneficial to the officials of the Department as well as dealers and consultants, Thakkar said. “Still in India many of the population is not computer friendly, their issues and difficulties should also be addressed,” he said. He appreciated the efforts of the Nagpur Branch in organising the programme for the benefit of the members serving in their industry.

CA Abhijit Kelkar, Regional Council Member said, “Person who is aware of law, can settle anywhere in country and can practice which is beneficial to many professionals across India and is a big professional opportunity as well. Across regions programmes are being organised for the overall understanding and for creating awareness about the new law.”

CA Julfesh M Shah, Member of PR & CSR Committee of ICAI, New Delhi mentioned that post implementation of GST, series of programme are being organised by the ICAI in the country. Nagpur Branch has organised multiple programmes for trade and industry for creating necessary awareness amongst the masses. GST Seva Kendra inaugurated by Nagpur Branch really helped the dealers in understanding the practical difficulties as well as their solutions. “Many of our members have contributed voluntarily for all such initiatives and are still available for addressing all such practical problems,” he added.

CA Sandeep Jotwani, Chairman of Nagpur Branch of ICAI said, “After implementation, we have witnessed various practical issues being faced which makes the compliances a challenging part. In a very short duration of time, the law was implemented and ICAI has organised programs not only for members and students but also for trade & industry.”

CA Abhishek Mehta co-ordinated the programme and CA Suren Duragkar proposed the vote of thanks.
Prominently present were CA JItendra Saglani, CA Sushant Mukherjee, CA Kushal Raichada, Nirbhay Sancheti and members in large numbers.