Thanks to internet blockade:40 per cent traders miss deadline for filing GST returns
19: Internet blues continue to haunt
Kashmir Inc. as more than 40 per cent of traders have missed the deadline for
filing Goods and Services Tax (GST) returns in the valley.
business community has not been able to file GST returns as government blocked
mobile and broadband internet services post abrogation of Article 370 on August
Last month, the
government extended the date for filing GST returns to December 20. Sources in
the Taxes Department said that an estimated 60 per cent of the traders have
filed their GST returns in Kashmir so far.
The remaining 40
per cent traders, who fear that their GSTN may be blocked again, have demanded
extension in the date of filing GST returns.
should immediately extend our deadline for filing GST returns. Internet is
still blocked and at the same time the kiosks set up by the government are not
sufficient enough to cater to increasing rush of tax payers,” said Federation
Chamber of Commerce of Kashmir (FCIK), Mohammad Ashraf Mir.
Mir said apart
from traders, there is a huge rush of students at kiosks who submit their forms
for National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) and other courses. “Many among us have gone to other states for
filing GST returns. But small traders can’t afford it. They may have to pay
heavy price if the date is not extended,” he said.
There are around
48,000 businesspersons who are entitled to file their GST returns in Kashmir
region. The government set up internet kiosks for traders in every district.
Each center was equipped with 30 computers with internet connection. Plus 60
computers have been reserved for traders at the office of Taxes Department in
losses due to the uncertainty have made tax filings a challenging task. “KCCI
has recently released assessment report quantifying the losses suffered by the
business community. Under these circumstances, filing GST is very difficult for
a trader,” said Nasir Hamid Khan, senior vice president of Kashmir Chamber of
Commerce and Industries (KCCI).
that the government should extend the deadline for filing GST immediately.
“Majority of the traders haven’t filed the returns for more than four months
now,” Khan said.