Assam gets off the block with GST registration
New Delhi: The BJP-ruled Assam, the first state to ratify the GST Amendment Bill, has started the process for providing registration to taxpayers in the new indirect tax regime that is slated to kick in from April next year.
The state tax department has started collecting mobile numbers and e-mail IDs of registered dealers or taxpayers under VAT, CST, entry tax, luxury tax and entertainment tax to provide Goods and Services Taxpayers Identification Number (GSTIN) on a provisional basis.
In order to facilitate communication of GST registration number to the existing registered entities, the Assam tax department has asked them to furnish the mobile number and email ID on or before November 5, 2016.
“If such mobile numbers and e-mails IDs are not furnished on or before November 5, 2016, GST registration number will not be generated. Moreover, such dealers will be disabled to upload their tax returns and apply for statutory forms under the existing Acts,” it said.
It has asked the taxpayers to log into the tax department website of the Assam government and after feeding the mobile number, PAN and e-mail ID, the provisional GSTIN will be sent.
The government plans to roll out GST, which will subsume excise, service tax and other local levies, from April 2017.
In the run-up to the biggest indirect tax reform, the states have to get their taxpayers registered with the pan-India GST Network, which will help in seamless movement of goods and services throughout the country.
After the GST Constitutional Amendment Bill was passed by Parliament on August 8, Assam was the first state to ratify it on August 12. A constitution Amendment requires ratification by 50 per cent of state Assemblies before presidential assent.
With the President approving it last month, GST is now a law and the GST Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, will decide on the crucial tax rate in its three-day meeting beginning tomorrow.