Despite the poor response to the first free return filing
facility put up by the tax department in the city, the CGST
commissionerate is ready to open more such centres to help
better tax compliance and timely filing, a senior official said
As the GST filing still remains cumbersome for a vast majority
of taxpayers, the Central GST Commissionerate of the Mumbai
East Zone, which is one the largest in the country, has
launched a free return filing centre at the Parel area of the
city in April but has not met with the desired response.
“Our initial planning was to open 30-50 centres across the
city. But we didn’t get a good response to the first centre and
so we haven’t decided to expand it. But if we get request from
any taxpayer community then we will go for it. We are ready to
open it anywhere,” CGST commissioner for Mumbai East, Vijay
Risi was talking to the press after launching the
commissionerate’s first Hindi magazine ‘Kanheri’ which aims to
address the grievances/queries of taxpayers.
“We want to use this magazine for nut just for articles but
also to publish some technical information that will be useful
to all taxpayers. Next editions will have taxpayers involved as
well. They can also interact with us for queries or suggestions
on refunds or assistance,” Risi said.
The first tax return facility was rolled out in partnership
with the Western regional council of the Institute of Chartered