Scope for rationalisation in GST structure: Hasmukh Adhia

The Revenue Secretary said the government and the GST Council is not against the idea of reconsidering some decisions.

The Government of India will work to mitigate the pains arising out of GST implementation, said Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia in an interview with ET. 
 
As per him, there is scope for rationalisation in the GST structure once revenue picks up. 
 
With regard to MSME sector, he said there were hiccups due to new technology and new type of returns, as most of these small businesses were not accustomed to.
 
He assured that hiccups would soon get addressed and even the GST Council will look at what can be done to give them some relief. 
 
He said the government and the GST Council is not against the idea of reconsidering some decisions. 
 
“But when people talk about ease of doing business, one must not forget that prior to GST, industry had to comply with 10 different taxes and a separate tax authority for all those taxes,” he told ET, adding, “But, nevertheless, if we find any practice that is obnoxious and not exactly taxpayer friendly, we would be willing to relook at them. We should make them taxpayer friendly, online and simple.” 
 
Talking on the issue of exporters, Adhia said the government is in the process to find a way out to remove the issue of blockage of funds. “We have found some options. We will go with all the options to the council and it will take a call on whichever is best,” he said.
 
Source: ET

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