The GST Council has approved the roll-out of the E-way Bill from April 1 for the interstate transportation of goods. At the 26th GST Council meeting, the members decided to relaunch the inter-state E-way Bill from April 1, while intra-state E-way Bill will be rolled-out later in the month in phases, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
So far, three states — Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu — are understood to have decided on to implementing intra-state E-way Bill from April 15. The inter-state E-way Bill was rolled-out on February 1 but was deferred on the very first day after complaints of technical glitches. The technical glitches were experienced despite a 15-day-trial run by the government.
The decision to advance the roll-out of E-way bill to February 1 from April 1 was taken last December with an aim to plug tax evasion. E-Way Bill is an electronic bill required by transporters and traders to procure under the GST regime for transportation of goods and services beyond the radius of 10 kms.
“The decision of roll out of E- way will certainly curb tax evasion and boost GST collections from new financial year,” Vishal Raheja, DGM GST, Taxmann said.
“From the revenue collection perspective, it was imperative that interstate E-way bill gets implemented from 1st April. However, it is expected that the assesses will not face the systems issues and that the network is ready to take the load. The announcement for stage wise implementation for Intra-state E-way bill, to be rolled out from April 15th, is very pragmatic and should be thoroughly tested before implementation,” Abhishek A Rastogi, Partner, Khaitan & Co said.
Recently, the Finance Ministry also announced some changes in the key rules of the E-way Bill to simplify the process. Transporters, traders, and related persons can obtain the E-way Bill from the official website or through its Mobile App, SMS and even offline.