Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has said in a press release that Much against the declared spirit of GST as Good & Simple Tax, the GST has become a ‘colonial taxation system” quite away from the ground realities of business conducted in India.  Full Text of Its Press Release is as follows:-

04th January, 2021

GST HAS BECOME COLONIAL TAXATION SYSTEM -CAIT’

” Much against the declared spirit of GST as Good & Simple Tax, the GST has become a “colonial taxation system” quite away from the ground realities of business conducted in India. Various recent amendments and introduction of Rules under GST has made the taxation system much complicated and put much compliance burden on the traders, which is also against the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for bringing ease of doing business-said the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). The CAIT has sought an appointment with the Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sithraman to discuss current situation of GST.

CAIT National President Mr. B.C. Bhartia and Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal said that even after about 4 years of GST implementation in India, the GST portal is still snuggling with many challenges. The rules are amended but the portal fails to update with said amendments timely. So far no National Ap­pellate Tribunal has been constituted. No Central Advance Ruling Authority has been constituted giving a free hand to States to interpret the law in their own way distorting the fundamentals of “One Nation-One Tax”. The GST Authorities are more interested in GST compliances but never thought that large chunk of traders in the Country are yet to adopt computerisation in their existing business. format and no step has been taken to equip the traders with computers etc.

Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that in a recent Rule, the GST Authorities have thrown all canons of natural justice by empowering the Authorities to cancel GST Registration of any trader without giving him any notice or an opportunity of hearing. Unfettered and arbitrary powers are given to officers without realising the misuse of such powers which may lead to corruption. The GST law has been greatly distorted by the Authorities which is evident from the fact that since the date of GST implementation till 31st December,2020, total 927 notifications have been issued, in 2017 298, in 2018 256, in 2019 239 and in 2020 137 notifications. In such a situation how can we expect from traders to comply with timely compliance of the taxation system.

Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that they wish to resolve these issues by way of dialogue with the Finance Minister. We are more inclined to join hands with the Government in widening the tax base, increase in revenue but with simplification and rationalisation of tax structure.

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