GST return defaulter to be barred from generating E-way bill

Non-filers of GST RETURNS for 6 consecutive months will soon be barred from generating e-way bills.  The GSTN is developing system such that businesses who have not filed returns for two straight return filing cycle, which is 6 months, would be barred from generating e-way bills, an official said. “As soon as the new IT system which will ensure barring of e-way bills generation if returns are not filed for 6 months is put in place, the new rules will be notified,” an official told. The move, officials believe, would help check Goods and Services Tax (GST) evasion.

The move, officials believe, would help check Goods and Services Tax (GST) evasion. Central tax officers have detected 3,626 cases of GST evasion/violations cases, involving Rs 15,278.18 crore in April-December period. Touted 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.