Even as Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi attempted to assure the taxpayers that GST Network, the IT backbone for GST, has been plagued only by minor technical glitches that will be resolved soon, he pointed out that failure of taxpayers to file returns well before the deadline was contributing to the stress on the system.
He said only 3.3 lakh taxpayers had filed the summary return, GSTR-3B, for the month of August, just five days before the deadline ends on September 20. This is a fraction of 85 lakh registered taxpayers. For July, over 47 lakh taxpayers had filed GSTR 3B return for July.
“We have identified glitches and Infosys, the software vendor for the system, has given a timeline for improving the system. In a a month’s time, 70-80% problems will be resolved,” Modi said after the meeting. He added that the GoM will meet every 15 days to take stock of GSTN functioning. When asked to specify the nature of glitches, revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia said some assessees were having problems in changing the nature of registration on the system. He added the system hadn’t failed, but was experiencing typical issues of a new IT system. He added that there was “no value judgment about anyone” when asked if Infosys had failed to deliver a robust system.
As FE had reported earlier, the GST Network had blamed the big taxpayers for flooding the system with invoices while filing the full return in the first week of the month.
Till August 29, only 12% invoices had been uploaded with barely over a week to go for the last date. The rush in the last two days before September 5 meant that the GST Council had to extend the deadlines for returns that require detailed invoice uploads.
This prompted the GST Council to extend the provision of filing summary return till December from August earlier. Besides, it also extended the filing dates of full-fledged return for July by a month. It also appointed a group of ministers headed by Sushil Modi to monitor and resolve technical failures at GSTN.
Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac, Chhattisgarh minister of commercial taxes Amar Agrawal, Karnataka agriculture minister Krishna Byre Gowda and Telangana finance minister Etela Rajender are other members of the GoM.