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GST: Aadhaar verification to be mandatory for new dealers from January 2020

Another move to check malpractices in Goods and Services Tax has been taken by the officers.

The GST Network on Saturday decided to make Aadhaar authentication or physical verification mandatory for new dealers from January 2020

Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who heads the group of ministers of GST Network “Aadhaar authentication of newly registered dealers will be mandatory. Earlier it was optional. But we have noticed in two years that a large number of fly-by-night operators are registering themselves as GST dealers. They make fake invoices also.”

From January 2020, all new dealers enrolling will have to have Aadhaar authentication. However, those who are not intended to give their Aadhaar numbers would have to undergo physical verification.

Although, “In both cases, GST number will be provided within three working days of Aadhaar authentication and physical verification.”

Infosys was given the contract to prepare the programming, software, among others.

Aadhaar Authentication will work under the phases as, like the new GST return system that is in the first phase, Aadhaar authentication will be mandatory for new dealers.

Later on, all those who are already registered on GSTN would be asked to provide their Aadhaar numbers.

Modi said most of the processes done manually lacked transparency and took a long time. “After the online process, dealers will get payment from the Public Finance Management System,”

The GSTN also suggested launching the simplified new return system from January 1, 2020.

E-way bill will also be blocked from 1 November 2019 who has not filed their returns for two months.

Statement regarding E-way bill was made by modi saying “We have noticed that 27.22 lakh dealers have not filed their returns of June and July and their E-Way bill can be blocked. Among them, about 5.20 lakh dealers are still using E-Way bills and we are giving them a chance by sending an alert”.

The annual GST return date has also been extended to November 30, 2019. Sushil Kumar Modi said that among the 92.58 lakh registered dealers, only 64.17 lakh were entitled to file their returns as they had submitted the 3B and GSTR-1 forms.

Of the 64.17 lakh, only 21.35 lakh had filed their returns, which worked out to 33 percent. “The GST council has to take a call on what to do with these non-filers as their numbers are very low.

Author: Niranjan Reddy

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