The new one tax regime or better known as Goods and Services Tax (GST) has put many into tizzy, but people are also happy about happy its implementation. The big news is that border commercial tax check posts, or better known as tolls nakas, have been abolished in 22 states post-GST.
States including Telangana, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka removed toll booths from their boundaries. Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Puducherry also did away with their check posts.
Eight states, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Punjab, Mizoram, and Tripura, are also in the process of abolishing check posts, a finance ministry statement said.
The GST had the Electronic Way (E-way) Bill, which makes all these tolls booths unnecessary. The Central Board of Excise and Customs drafted rules for the e-way Bill, which focused on how registered users should share information on their inter and/or intrastate consignment worth more than Rs 50,000 on the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) website.
The GSTN will produce e-way bills valid for 1-15 days. The validity of the bills will depend on the travel distance. A one-day validity will be given for a 100 km distance and 15 days for more than a 1,000 km transit. Till date, no such system or threshold has been followed.
This move will help with resolving long queues of goods trucks waiting outside the state boundaries which often led to delays in delivering the shipments.
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