Indian Trader write to PM Modi for GST circular issued by Mah govt
Government of Maharashtra has issued one circular yesterday i.e. 12 January 2021 stating that till date they were adopting CBIC circular for implementation of GST, however, now onwards they do not adopt such circulars.
GST was introduce as one nation one tax. With the above circular issued by Maharashtra government, they can reject or modify any circular issued by CBIC as deemed fit for the state.
This will lead to different rules in state govt and central government for the same law , which will result in difference in Taxation and Rates
Traders and Business including professionals has oppose the above move and made the following representation to PM as per below
Confederation of All India Traders
To PM, Narendra Modi
Crave to invite your kind attention on the Circular issued by Maharashtra Government which will distort unified GST Taxation System and is against the federal spirit of GST.
We crave leave to invite your kind & immediate attention towards a circular of Government of Maharashtra issued on 12.01.2021 stating that till date they were adopting CBIC circular for implementation of GST, however, now onwards they do not adopt such circulars. They will examine the clarification by CBIC, and after examination of the same they will issue their own circular.
We are of the considered opinion that this step of Maharashtra Government is a serious issue which is much against the basic fundamentals set out and agreed between Centre & States prior to implementation of GST. If States behave like this then each State will adopt separate policies for GST implementation in their States and the traders will have to be updated for all the states every moment which is an uphill task and will make already complicated GOT tax system further much more complicated resulting into either untimely compliance or no compliance.
It is noteworthy to mention that large number of traders across the Country are engaged in inter-state business and such practice if adopted by every state then this will cause grave harm and damage to the businessmen who are already struggling for their survival. Further, It will not be trade friendly and the same would be totally against the purpose for making GST as One Nation- One Tax.
We would like to mention that if this practices is allowed to be continued, it will entitle other States to differ from issues related between Centre & States and between one State with another. We suggest that system of issuing circular from CBIC should remain same and should be binding on all states.
Instead, CBIC may send the draft to states before finalising and issuing any circular and ask for their comments mentioning a time span. If no comments are given by the states within a week’s time it will be deemed to be accepted by them. This will be a better way of taking consensus of all states and will maintain the spirit of the federal GST. If any urgent Circular is to be issued the delay of which would affect revenue then such issues may be dearly defined and consensus of the same may be taken from all states.
We seek your immediate intervention on this critical issue and would urge you to ask the Government of Maharashtra to withdraw this circular immediately in the interest of trade and industry.
National Secretary General Confederation of All India Traders