Indore: Slow pace of two out of 26 GSTN servers hit traders and tax consultants hard on Wednesday. They faced difficulty in filing returns as some of them were seen working till late hours to file the returns. Wednesday was crucial for traders and tax consultants as it was last date for filing of GSTR-1 for July to November for those whose annual turnover is more than Rs 1.5 crore and also for those tax-payers to file their quarterly return of July to September, whose turnover is less than Rs 1.5 crore.

As it was last day for filing of return, the traders were quite worried about filing of returns. But suddenly they found the portal speed went down at 11 am and it continued for over three hours (till 2.30 pm).  Sources said that the reason for slow pace of portal was failure of two servers of GSTN. Though, the engineers rectified the fault, the normal functioning was possible only after 2.30 pm.

In the meantime, there was also a rumour that the last of filing returns extended to January 25.  Sources said that more than 2 lakh returns had to be filed in the state on Wednesday but only 1 lakh could manage to file returns.  Senior GST Consultant RS Goyal said that the reason for pilling of return as traders got only 20 days to file GSTR-1 return. He said that the GST Council gave the facility of filing of return very late. On December 6, it gave facility of data feeding and saving and on December 22 gave facility for uploading returns. In this way from December 22 to last date of filing the return by January 10, traders and tax consultants got 20 days to file return.

This period is quite short because they had to file GSTR-3 of November, of which the last date of filing was December 20 and thereafter they had to file TRAN-1 on or before December 27. Filing of TRAN-1 was important to put claim to take input tax credit of previous VAT and Central Excise and Service Tax regime.

Demands to ensure smooth functioning of GSTN portal

In the wake of slow functioning of GSTN portal, members of the Commercial Tax Practitioners Association and MP Tax Law Bar Association demanded from the SGST Commissioner to ensure smooth functioning of the portal. They also submitted a memo to NS Maravi, director of MP SGST on Wednesday. AK Lakhotia, president MP Tax Law Bar Association said that the SGST Director had assured them that he raised the matter before the GST Council and suitable solution action would be taken. On this occasion AK Gaur, Amit Dave, Kedar Heda, Rajesh Jain, Devendra Jain, Kamal Sodani, Ashok Vyas, Hemant Shah, Yashwant Lobhane, Sudhir Mishra and Alkesh Shah were present.

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