Indore: GSTN portal message shocks traders with hidden penalty mechanism

Staff ReporterUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 02:52 AM IST
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Indore: Another unknown provision of Goods and Service Tax (GST) has come to fore, throwing already hit traders into tizzy. As filing of the first return form of third month kicked off on Saturday, tax payers in city were stunned to receive a message from GSTN portal, purportedly holding a trader liable to pay penalty for making delay in uploading info about the return and paying late fee.

Declining to accept the GSTR-3B form of many traders, the portal messaged that payments of penalty imposed on return form of August was still due.  The panic gripped tax consultants, when they started getting message from GSTN Portal showing non-payment of penalty imposed on return of August month. With the filing commencing on Saturday, the weekend, the hapless traders could not lodge their complaints with SGST office in the matter and thus, contacted the office on Monday.

Official sources at the SGST department however clarified that the fine charged from traders along with GSTR-3B filed in September was actually late fees of return filing for the month of August.  The clarification thus implicates that double fine is being charged on a single return in GST. In fact, on delaying the filing of return of August in September, traders had paid a late fee Rs 200 per day.

Now, again as the trader proceeds with filing return of September, the portal is raising a demand of Rs 200 per day for delay in uploading the information.  However, the hidden aspect of GST has raised the bitterness of traders to such an extent that many in the city have started mulling closing down business by cancelling their trade registration rather than paying such a high tax and penalty after penalty.

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