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F.No. II/39-22/GST Misc./CCO/MCX-I/2017
Mumbai, the 6th June, 2017

Principal Commissioners / Commissioners,
Central Excise, Mumbai-I/IV, Thane-l/ II, Audit-I, Appeal-I,
LTU Mumbai, LTU Audit,
Belapur, Mumbai-II, Mumbai-III, Raigad, Audit-II, Appeal-II.

Principal Commissioners/ Commissioners of Service Tax,
Service Tax-I/II/III/IV/V/VI
Service Tax Appeals-I/II,
Service Tax Audit-I/II/III

Sub: Meeting at Vigyan Bhavan at New Delhi on June 4, 2017 and follow-up action – reg.

As you are aware, the target date of implementation for GST is 1st July, 2017. With a view to assessing the preparedness in various areas, a Joint Presentation (by officials from Center and State Tax Administration) was held in New Delhi on 4th June, 2017, before Revenue Secretary, Chairperson and Members of the Board.

2. The following points emerged from the discussions during the Presentation/ Meeting:

i) Target Date – In all interactions with Trade Industry and general public, it should be clearly indicated by officers at all levels that the target date of implementation is 1st July, 2017 only, and the implementation of this big reform will not be deferred beyond this date. Any speculation in any quarters regarding deferment or implementation date should be quelled effectively.

ii) IT Preparedness – All Commissioners must ensure the delivery of AIOs and installation of the same at the earliest. If there is an shortfall in respect of AIOs, the concerned Vendor and/or official in DG (Systems) should be contacted immediately for expeditious delivery and installation. Similarly, WAN/LAN up-gradation should be completed at all locations wherever not done already. The existing Commissioners in-charge of the locations where the up-gradation is to be done, should send a report about the action taken and updated status by 9* June, 2017,

iii) All officers should keep a check on adverse publicity or criticism of GST, and should counter-act it promptly.

iv) Chartered Accountants and Tax Practitioners in the respective jurisdictions should be contacted by Commissioners with a view to disseminating information about the GST Law, Business Rules and compliance procedures, and clarify doubts if any.

v) GST Seva Kendras (GSKs) should be opened at Division and Range levels also, as a one-stop solution for Tax Payers seeking advice/ information regarding GST, including assistance in registration & payments etc. Officers capable of handling this work, including queries, should only be posted in GSKs.

vi) All officers should be directed to maintain watch for any untoward activity in the build-up to GST introduction, in respect of over stocking of goods (from the point of view of irregular availment of credit) and also shortage of commonly used items (with a view to checking inflation on account of short supply).

vii) Officers should also be directed to carefully scrutinize requests for new registrations of depots and warehouses, and addition of premises, so that any attempt at fraudulent declaration of stocks for the purpose of availing credit is checked.

viii) Officers should not be granted leave except in case of family / medical emergency for next few months.

ix) During interaction with the Trade and Industry, it should be emphasized that Government will ensure smooth and problem free implementation of GST. It should also be emphasized that clear instructions /guidelines for transitional arrangements, as well as guidance notes covering issues/ sectors of industry will be issued well in time before implementation date.

3. The above action points are hereby brought to your attention for information and immediate action.

Chief Commissioner
Central Excise- Mumbai Zone-I.

Copy for information to:
Shri Piyush Patnaik, Chief Commissioner, Service Tax Zone, Mumbai.

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One Comment

  1. Jacob Joseph says:

    What about the GST enrollment. Your server got struck for maintenance. Nobody is able to validate the credential with DSC. Do not panic people.

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