GST Can Be Filed Through Debit And Credit Cards: Revenue Secretary

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Bhopal: Under the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, individuals and entities can pay taxes online using debit or credit cards, the government said on Sunday.

“With regard to payments, the best thing that will happen is all payments will have to be made online. You can use any mode of payment, electronic, NEFT, RTGS. You can do it through debit cards or credit cards of any bank,” Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said while addressing the Global Investors Summit here. “You need not open an account in banks of government. Even if you have account in a private bank, you can transfer money and it will reach the government,” Mr Adhia said.

He said GST will make it easier for traders and industry to access input tax credit, as well as ease the compliance burden since the entire country will become a single market.

“I would ask the states to focus on the services sector because industry will come on its own once demand increases,” he said. The government, which proposes to implement the new pan-India indirect tax regime from the start of the next fiscal year in April, has made registration, refunds, returns filing and payment processes online. Mr Adhia further said the GST regime will also ensure that the taxes deducted by sellers reach the government.

At its second meeting last month after its constitution, the GST Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, approved five sets of draft rules relating to registration, payments, returns and refunds under the Goods and Services Tax. These provide for online registration by residents within three days of submission of application.

Non-residents who will come under the purview of the GST will be required to electronically submit the application for registration at least five days prior to the commencement of business and shall also deposit full tax liability in advance.

An applicant seeking registration will have to submit PAN, mobile number, email address on the common portal or through a facilitation centre. The GST Council, however, has failed to decide on the big issue of GST rates in its three meetings held, and is likely to take a decision in its next meeting here slated for November 3 to 4.