In the GST regime, taxation has become simpler. But the commercial taxes department has seen a lot of changes. There has been a split in taxes based on SGST and IGST. New tax slabs were introduced. The state, however, is still happy as it is getting an increased share of revenue from GST and also the compensation it receives from the Centre. The state government has also started the inter-state e-way bill which is scaling up the state’s revenue. Abhishek Tiwari speaks with Commercial Tax Commissioner Alok Gupta to know the changes GST has brought in the state’s tax collection.
Q. Is e-way bill system now running with ease in the state?
A: We had launched e-way bill on December 20, 2017, on a pilot basis to make people familiar about it. Now, the system is running smoothly. Currently, more than 40,000 e-way bills are being generated. The state has started inter-state e-way bills. The intra-state e-way bills will be started at a later date. For smooth implementation of this system, we have conducted many awareness workshops across the state to make the people familiar with the e-way system. We hope that this will help in curbing evasion of tax and boost revenue of the state.
Q. IPL has started in Jaipur. Earlier, the state used to get entertainment tax. After GST, how will things change?
A. Definitely revenue will come to the state from IPL matches. Only one match has been played right now and we will be able to know the tax revenue in the form of GST revenue once the return is filed with our department.
Q. What is the impact on revenue after introduction of GST? Has revenue increased?
A. The impact has been good. This year, we have got more revenue in subsumed item when we compare it with the previous tax regime. Moreover, the central government has assured 14% growth in revenue from the subsumed items for five years. This year, too, we have got compensation. It has added to the kitty of our revenue.
Q. Are the refunds now coming on time? Has the system become streamlined now?
A. Refunds have been streamlined. We have launched a special campaign for refunds and we are also in contact with business associations and trade bodies to make them aware about the systems and processes to get early refunds.
Q. Has GST been able to keep a tab on tax evasion in the state?
A. GST will definitely control tax evasion in the long run. The system is new and it’s only nine months. The system is also under stabilisation. The return system that was initially designed is also under review. Everything is system-based and once the changes are completed, we will be able to check evasion by data mining and data analytics.
e-way bill is an electronic way bill for movement of goods which can be generated from the e-way bill portal. Under this system, e-way bills must be carried by transporters for the movement of goods which have a value of Rs 50,000 and above beyond 10 km. The bills can be generated by any of the three entities — the supplier, recipient or the transporter.