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GST Portal Faces Downtime; Govt Extends Last Date For Filing Returns

 
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Traders across the country faced problems on Saturday as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) return filing website stopped functioning due to a technical snag, a day ahead of the last date for filing GST returns.

"The GST site has been working intermittently since 12 noon. It is creating a lot of confusion among traders. Many of our clients have called up saying they can't file returns. If this continues the government might need to extend the last date of filing by another couple of days at least," said Prateek Jain, chairman, Assocham Special Task Force on GST.

The last date for filing GSTR-3B form for July is August 20, which is a summary return of details of outward supplies, inward supplies, credit and payment of GST.

Earlier in the day, a notice on the GST site, stated: "The services will not be available on August 19, from 2-2.45 p.m. Do come back later." Traders were unable to file Form3B on Saturday, which is summary return of transactions made in July, for which August 20, is the last date for filing returns, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said in a release, demanding that the government extend the date.

“It is also reported that banks are reluctant in receiving tax payments since they have no information as to how the entries and under which head they will accept such payments and without tax payment Form 3B will not be accepted by the portal,” CAIT said, adding that it has received feedback on this from across the country. “It is also reported that banks are reluctant in receiving tax payments since they have no information as to how the entries and under which head they will accept such payments and without tax payment Form 3B will not be accepted by the portal,” CAIT said, adding that it has received feedback on this from across the country.

The government recently extended this deadline till August 28, but only for those who want to avail transitional input tax credit, which according to experts are not many.