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Revenue Secretary Clarifies on GST’s Seven ‘Myths’

Revenue Secretary, Government of India, Dr. Hasmukh Adhia clarified on seven misconceptions about newly implemented law relating to Goods and Services Tax (GST) through a series of tweets from his twitter handle @adhia03 on Sunday.

These myths relating to GST and Reality of each one is given below.

Myth 1: Do I need to generate all invoices on computer/ internet only.

Reality 1: Invoices can be generated manually also.

Myth 2: I need internet all the time to do business under GST.

Reality 2: Internet would be needed only while filing monthly return of GST.

Myth 3: I have provisional ID but waiting for final ID to do business.

Reality 3: Provisional ID will be your final GSTIN number. So start business.

Myth 4: My item of trade was earlier exempt so I will need new registration before starting business now.

Reality 4: You can continue doing business and get registered within 30 days.

Myth 5: There are 3 returns per month to be filed.

Reality 5: There is only 1 return with 3 parts, out of which first part is to be filed by dealer

and two other parts would be auto populated by computer.

Myth 6: Even small dealers will have to file invoice wise details in the return.

Reality 6: Those in retail business (B2C) need to file only summary of total sales.

Myth 7: New GST rate is higher compared to earlier VAT.

Reality 7: It appears higher because excise duty and other taxes which were invisible earlier are now subsumed in GST and so visible now.

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