GST Eway bill soon to be mandatory for movement of Goods. | Anti GST Evasion Measure

Soon after GST Rollout every traders is still trying to cope up with regular introduction of GST laws.

Officers quoted: “Some traders are doing multiple trips with just one e-way bill issued” To stop this tax evasion GSTN (Goods and Service Tax Network) are developing a strong and robust system by connecting with NHAI (National Highway Authority India) and DMIC (Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridors) .  From April 1 2019 , Non filer of GST Eway bill for 6 months are to be barred from generating Eway bill. In other words if any trader doesnt file or generate Eway bill for 2 consecutive filling cycle then trader will no longer be able to generate eway bill for movement of Goods.

Central Tax Officers have detected 3626 cases of GST Evasion/ Violation involving Rs.  15278 Crores. To this effect the revenue department is working towards integrating that e-way bill system with NHAI’s FASTag mechanism beginning April to help track movement of goods. Integration of e-way bill with FASTag mechanism would help find the location of the vehicle and when and how many times it has crossed NHAI’s toll plazas.

Introduced as an anti-evasion measure, e-way bill system was rolled out on April 1, 2018, for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another. The same for intra or within the state movement was rolled out in a phased manner from April 15.

Transporters of goods worth over Rs 50,000 would be required to present e-way bill during transit to a GST inspector, if asked.

The integration of the e-way bill system with FASTag and LDB is expected to help boost tax collections by clamping down on trade that currently happens on cash basis,” the official said.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has put in place the FASTag system for collection of toll electronically on national highways. FASTag also offers non-stop movement of vehicles through toll plazas.

It will also help the suppliers locate the goods through the e-way bill system. Transporters, too, would be able to track their vehicles through SMS alerts that would be generated at each toll plaza.

The government has also set up the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGSTI) to investigate cases of tax evasion or violation and conduct search and seizure operations under the GST Act.

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