PANAJI: Goods and Service Tax (GST) collections in Goa have improved after getting off to a slow start, a government official said on Tuesday. He said that together with improved collections the number of tax payers who are paying tax has also increased.
The state currently has around 11,630 dealers, of 25,000, who are paying GST, showing a compliance rate of 46.5 per cent. Around 10 days back the compliance rate was 30 per cent as only 7,500 dealers had filed their tax returns. Goa’s compliance rate in payment of GSTR-1 is also slightly higher at 45.4 per cent compared to the national average of 45 per cent, according to the commercial tax department. The tax collections from GST are presently pegged at Rs 107 crore.
Speaking to this daily, Rajan Saterdekar, additional commissioner of commercial taxes, said that, the significant improvement in the number of tax payers is because of concentrated field visits carried out by officials.
“For the last three days officials have been individually meeting dealers to check on whether they are filing returns. Further we are also doing handholding with whoever is facing difficulty in filing returns,” he said. The department is keeping its office open daily including Saturday and Sunday to troubleshoot on filings.
Several dealers have said that they are facing difficulty in filing of GST due to internet connectivity problems or the portal becoming too slow and error in data. Their problems have been taken up by the GCCI which submitted a memorandum to the government on issues faced in filing returns. The Tax Payers Association in Goa has also submitted a list of difficulties faced in payment of GST.
Chartered accountants also had a meeting with the Chief Minister and officials of the commercial tax department on Tuesday to appraise the government on hurdles faced in filing returns.
According to Satardekar, most of the difficulties faced by tax payers are pan-India issues that would eventually get sorted out. The GST council has also extended the date for filing and given relief by waiving off penalty on delayed payments