Government extends deadline for filing of GSTR 1 for July

The government on Saturday said it is extending the deadline to file GSTR 1 for July.

The government has also decided to form a 3-member inter-ministerial team to look at the technical issues around GSTN and the problems users were facing in uploading their returns on the portal. The decision was taken at the 21st Meeting of GST Council at Hyderabad on Saturday.

“Formation of the three member inter-ministerial panel to look at the functioning of GSTN to address issues pertaining to uploading of the returns on GSTN appears to be a good move. Hope this panel not only looks at the issues being faced, but more importantly provides quick resolution for the same,” says KPMG India, Partner-GST, Harpreet Singh.

According to the government 45 plus lakh GSTR-3B returns have been filed, and only 17 lakh GSTR-1 had been filed till Friday. Around 13 plus crore invoices had been filed. However, with the GST portal crashing frequently, there has been widespread outrage among taxpayers about their inability in filing returns.

After the GST portal stopped functioning, the Government on September 4 has extended the deadline to file GSTR 1 to September 10. Subsequently, filling of GSTR 2 and GSTR 3 was also extended to September 25 and 30 respectively.

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GST to be game changer for media, broadcasting

NEW DELHI: The GST Bill, among other new transformations, will prove to be a game changer for the media and entertainment industry, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said here today.

“Campaigns like Make in India, Skill India and Digital India were clearly positive signals for new transformation including GST which would prove to be a game changer for Indian media and entertainment sector, especially the broadcasting sector,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Naidu said.

He was addressing a gathering at the inauguration of a two-day seminar organised by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on its completion of two decades.

“Broadcasting sector in India is as at the threshold of entering into new era of digital broadcasting, which would open lots of opportunities to use latest technological innovations to not only enhance reach but also enhance the quality of the reach.

“The revival of radio, the digitisation of cable and the free-to-air DTH audience growth point to the latent demand for broadcasting in the Indian market at a time when broadcasting in advanced markets in the West is losing out significant space to digital on-demand media platforms,” he said.

The minister further said that the push towards Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) comes at a critical juncture as public broadcaster Doordarshan looks to expand its DTT footprint from the current 16 cities to another 44.