61 lakh taxpayers enrolled under GST, says Hasmukh Adhia
Ministry of Finance on Thursday informed Hasmukh Adhia, Revenue Secretary, held a detailed review meeting for smooth roll out of Goods and Service Tax (GST) from July 1, 2017.
Adhia reviewed the progress on enrollment of existing taxpayers. As on 30th April 2017, when Phase-1 of enrollment was closed, 60.5 lakh taxpayers out of 84 lakh had enrolled. The enrollment window will be re-opened for 15 days from 1st June,2017 to give another opportunity to taxpayers to enroll.
Ahead of July deadline, Adhia also reviewed IT Preparedness for GST System at the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) office and Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).
He was briefed about the software system being developed for GST, training of tax officials and outreach program being undertaken by Tax Departments across the nation.
As per the Ministry, out of 62,937 tax officials, 24,668 tax officials have been given hands-on training on the application software on live system while the remaining officials will be trained by 15 June, 2017. The training is being conducted on Registration, Returns and Payment Modules developed by GSTN.
Further, GSTN has been conducting a pilot on GST System Software from 2nd May to 16th May, 2017, where 3200 taxpayers drawn from each State/UT and Centre has been participating.
"The pilot covers all the three modules and is being run to give the taxpayers first hand opportunity to work on the live system as the creation of return has become an interactive process," the Ministry added.