GST launched: 8 myths busted — here are the facts

Asserting that people should not fall for any rumor, Adhia in a series of tweets cleared the myth about GST and said that the process around the implementation and execution will be transparent

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2017 11:48 am
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Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia on Sunday cleared apprehensions of the consumers over the complexities of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) reform, which is likely to benefit the honest taxpayers. Asserting that people should not fall for any rumor, Adhia in a series of tweets cleared the myth about GST and said that the process around the implementation and execution will be transparent.

Higher tax rate

Myth: The new GST rate is higher compared to earlier VAT.

Reality: It appears higher because excise duty and other taxes which were invisible earlier are now subsumed in GST and so visible now.

Paying utility bills by card:

Myth: If a person makes payment of utility bills by credit cards, they will be paying GST twice.

Reality: Inaccurate. GST is only levied once, irrespective of the payment being made by cash or cards.

Electronic transactions:

Myth: All invoices must be generated on computer/internet only.

Reality: Invoices can be generated manually also

Internet connectivity:

Myth: A retailer needs internet all the time to do business under GST

Reality: Internet would be needed only while filing the monthly return of GST.

Business permits:

Myth: A retail business I have provisional ID but waiting for final ID to do business

Reality: Provisional ID will be your final GSTIN number.

Ease of doing business:

Myth: An item of trade was earlier exempt so the retailer will need new registration before starting a business now.

Reality: You can continue doing business and get registered within 30 days.

Filing returns (businesses):

Myth: There are three return per month to be filed

Reality: There is only one return with three parts, out of which first part filed by the dealer and two other parts auto-populated by computer.

Small-scale businesses:

Myth: Even small dealers will have to file invoice wise details in the return.

Reality: Those in retail business (B2C) need to file only summary of total sales.

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  1. R
    Jul 4, 2017 at 8:41 am
    I welcome GST it's good move for our country But should not loot the people in name of gst
    1. Vinod Sethi
      Jul 3, 2017 at 10:23 pm
      The GST is nothing else but new ways have been devised to levy more taxes. The GST rate of 28 is something unheard of in any decent democratic country worth it's name. The service tax has been hiked to 18 from 15 and even in services where govt of India is not providing any service. How can you charge service tax on sectors where you are not providing any service. No relief has been given to the common men and GST has been imposed on items where there was no tax earlier. The only aim of the govt is to extort more money from the people and provide more luxury to criminal politicians and the corrupt babus for doing nothing but looting this beautiful country and to make it bankrupt.
      1. P
        Jul 3, 2017 at 7:28 am
        Another installment of verbal diarrhea from the govt. to mislead the public. Totally ridiculous. I am telling you this from my first hand experience of GST implementation here couple of years back. There is a ripple effect for the GST. Even a minute increase of 3 on the source or anywhere on the chain will end up 20-30 increase in the final price. You going to see this in the coming 1 or 2 years. I have experienced this in my country with the coming of GST. No matter what govt. claims, from grocery to everyday commodities, all bills are going to be up by 20-30 soon.
        1. Venkataraman Jagadesan
          Jul 2, 2017 at 10:38 pm
          Still the Congress and their friends are crying that the GST is a ghost which will haunt every one. Shame and the congress should drown themselves in a dirty pond for spreading lies. Unfortunately the GST was the brain wave of ex-fm and now after allowing the bill to be passed he is making unnecessary noise which has no takers. Jai HInd.