In a bid to provide relief to trade and businesses, the GST council at its meeting on Saturday may consider allowing them to file their returns in a simplified GSTR-3B form for another six months beyond March.
It will also discuss the proposal to merge 3 monthly return forms into one to simplify the process and reduce compliance burden. Among other proposals on the GST council agenda is to further delay rolling out the digital pass system for transporting goods for another few months and levying GST on concentrated form of alcohol.
“The current position of the monthly revenue collection will also be discussed. Tweaking of some clauses of the anti-profiteering provision is also expected,” said an official.
The GST council chairman Arun Jaitley would discuss the launch date for implementation of key anti-evasion provision of e-way bill, which has been on hold due to technical glitches. In a big embarrassment to the government, the e-way system had crashed on the day of its launch causing losses to businesses and transporters.
While the government is yet to indicate a tentative rollout date for the e-way bill, Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi had last months suggested that the e-way bill be made mandatory from April 1.
“From April 1, when the new financial year of 2018-2019 starts, (GoM) decided to start the inter-state movement of e-way bill system. In the first phase, only the inter-state movement of goods will be mandatorily required to take e-way bill and after a couple of weeks, the rollout of intra-state movement of goods through e-way bill system will start,” Modi had said.
The 26th GST council meeting, which was earlier planned to be held through video-conferencing, would now be full-fledged in the national capital.