Enrol for GST before January 15, says tax official

Traders, service providers can register online or at VAT offices

Nodal officer and Joint Commissioner of Commercial Taxes (Administration) Value Added Tax (VAT) division, Mysuru, K Nagesh Rao has urged VAT, entertainment and luxury taxpayers to enrol for Goods and Services Tax (GST) before January 15.

Rao told reporters here on Thursday that GST is being implemented all over the country and all dealers under Mysuru division comprising Mysuru, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu districts, should enrol for the GST for smooth transition from VAT. The department has made all preparations to avoid glitches for registered dealers to make a hassle-free transition to GST. The traders and the service providers can enrol online by visiting www.gst.gov.in and can enrol at local VAT offices, VAT sub-division and divisional offices.

Though the enrolment is open from January 1, Mysuru division could achieve only 40% till January 12. Of 52,386 traders in the division, only 11,187 traders have been registered till January 11. Rao said the department has conducted several activities to enrol traders. The department, in association with the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FKCCI), Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (KASSIA) and other trade bodies, has conducted workshops and has held awareness rallies, he said.

The joint commissioner of Commercial Taxes said that the traders can also enrol after January 15 but they have to face certain difficulties as enrolment activation drive for states is scheduled from January 1 to 15. Officials in the department will work on January 14 and 15, he said.

Assistant Commissioner N Deepa said the department has issued provisional ID and password to all registered traders and they will obtain a one-time password (OTP) for registration. Traders can register by providing their mobile phone number. To migrate from VAT to GST, traders need a few more documents and thus the process will be taken up after a few days, he said.

Further details can be obtained from: Mysuru :0821 2420360; Mandya: 08232 220931/220386; Chamarajanagar: 08226 224724/253209; and Kodagu 08272 225901/255003.

‘Hopeful of achieving target’

The Department of Commercial Taxes, Mysuru division, which achieved 98% revenue collection in 2015-16, is hopeful of reaching the 100% target, this fiscal. The government has fixed the target to collect Rs 1,308 crore and the department has already collected Rs 880 crore.

In 2014-15, the department had collected Rs 1,157 crore while the target set for the said year was Rs 1,248 crore. “This year we have already achieved a growth rate of 10.32% and we will achieve the target,” Rao said.

Rao said the department has achieved a growth of 17.5% in November by collecting Rs 95.96 crore of the target of Rs 130 crore.

In November 2015, the department could achieve only 4.30% by collecting Rs 81.67 crore. However, the status of tax collection after demonetisation is yet to be ascertained, he said.

 Joint Commissioner (Enforcement) B N Giriyannavar and Deputy Commissioner Banegowda were also present.

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