Following technical glitches, the Indian Government has deferred implementation of requirement for transporters to carry electronic-way (e-way) bill for inter- state movement of goods as per goods and services tax (GST) provisions that began on July 1 last year. The regulation was to be implemented starting February 5 to check rampant tax evasion. 


"In view of difficulties faced by the trade in generating e-way bill due to initial technological glitches, it has been decided to extend the trial phase for generation of e-way bill, both for inter and intra state movement of goods. It will be applicable from a date to be notified," the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) tweeted. 


GST Network, the company developing the information technology infrastructure for the new indirect tax regime, had been conducting trial runs for the e-way bill system since January 17, during which 2.84 lakh such permits were issued on the portal. 


However, when the portal was formally launched, the system witnessed technical problems. CBEC chairperson Vanaja Sarna held a review meeting to discuss streamlining the system, according to Indian media reports. 


Movement of goods of more than Rs. 50,000 in value cannot be made by a registered person without an e-way bill. 


The industry, however, feels the e-way bill system cannot completely stop tax evasion and may result in supply chain bottlenecks in case of technical glitches.


Source : Fibre 2 Fashion

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