GST Council to meet tomorrow via video conferencing; discuss roll out of e-way bill

In an earlier meeting, the GST Council had decided that e-way bill —- an electronic document generated on the GST Network portal —- would be introduced in a staggered manner from 1 January and subsequently nation-wide from 1 April.

PTI December 15, 2017 17:01:22 IST
GST Council to meet tomorrow via video conferencing; discuss roll out of e-way bill

New Delhi: The all-powerful GST Council will meet on Saturday to discuss early implementation of e-way bill as well as ways to plug tax evasion.

Headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the meeting will be held via video conferencing and deliberate on cementing gaps in the system as well as curbing evasion, sources said.

The meeting assumes importance as there has been Rs 12,000 crore revenue decline in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in October over the preceding month and tax evasion is considered one of the reasons for this, they said.

GST Council to meet tomorrow via video conferencing discuss roll out of eway bill

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This would be the 24th meeting of the Council. The last meeting was held in Guwahati in November where taxes on 178 items were slashed.

In an earlier meeting, the Council had decided that e-way bill —- an electronic document generated on the GST Network portal —- would be introduced in a staggered manner from 1 January and subsequently nation-wide from 1 April.

However, the need to review the rollout timeline stems from revenue shortfall registered last month.

The GST revenue for October stood at Rs 83,346 crore, the lowest compared to the first three months since the implementation of GST from 1 July. It was significantly down from the September figure of Rs 95,131 crore.

Jaitley had said on Thursday that the Council has prepared schedule with regard to e-way bill to check evasion.

"I think Council has already taken decision with regard to time schedule, with regard to e-way bill itself. That will help in enhancing collection," he had said.

Besides, sources said, invoice matching is also something that the Council will deliberate on tomorrow.

An e-way bill is required for movement of goods worth more than Rs 50,000. When goods are transported for less than 10 km within the state, the supplier or the transporter need not furnish details on the portal.

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