Govt launches GST app to facilitate smooth transition to new tax regime
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New Delhi: The central board of excise and customs (CBEC) launched a goods and services tax (GST) app on Thursday to facilitate a smooth transition to the new indirect tax regime for taxpayers. From helping taxpayers in the migration to GST, providing toll free numbers and videos and reading material on GST to putting up draft laws and rules, the app called the CBEC GST app aims to help taxpayers and address their concerns about the new indirect tax regime.
The government aims to implement GST from 1 July and is looking to maximise awareness about this new tax that aims to unite the country into a common market by removing barriers across states.
The app, currently available on the Android platform, addresses queries on the process of migration to GST, the steps to be followed to apply for migration, the intimation of registration completion for existing service tax and excise assessees as well as the laws governing the transition.
It also has an exhaustive set of frequently asked questions for businesses to address their concerns on registration, payment of tax, valuation, input tax credit, refunds, appeal forum and search and seizures.
The app also has the copies of the draft laws and rules being debated upon by the GST council.
Further, it has a toll free helpline number and an email ID for taxpayers looking to seek clarifications.