The Central Bureau of Excise and Customs released the Model Central and State Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bills in November 2016 after the Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014 was passed in the Rajya Sabha this year. The Model Central/State GST Bill provides for the levy of the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) by the Centre, and State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) by the states. The bill seeks to bring a uniform and harmonized structure for levying taxes. The proposed GST laws aim at providing a facility of setting off taxes payable by manufacturers, retailers and buyers thereby substantially reducing the burden of taxes on all of them. The tax rates will be decided by the GST Council established under the Bill.
The simplification of taxing procedure has been taken a step further, as the Government has introduced a web portal for registration of taxpayers and payment of GST online. Payment of taxes will no longer be a cumbersome process as a single online window has been created for smoothly paying tax dues which were earlier paid under so many different heads. The government’s efforts to induce ease in the process of taxing transactions is appreciable. The web portal can be accessed via
www.gst.gov.in . The GSTN Chairman said that they are ‘migrating more than 6.5 million VAT payers, about 2 million service tax payers and about 300 thousand and 400 thousand central excise duty payers to a new portal.’
GSTN, the company structuring the web portal will be establishing 4 data-centers in New Delhi and Bengaluru to ensure that the data is safe and secured. The tax can be paid via NEFT, Internet Banking and Credit/Debit card. However, over the counter payment are limited to INR10, 000.
Who are to register on this web portal?
The web portal will prima facie be used for payment taxes and tax returns. Being a single transaction window for taxes, all the taxpayers registered under central excise, service tax, state sales tax or VAT (except exclusive liquor dealers if registered under VAT), entry tax, entertainment tax (except levied by the local bodies) and luxury tax will now have to register on the GST portal. Hence, payment of all these taxes will collectively get regulated by this web portal.