25K defaulting taxpayers to be persuaded to file GST returns by Nov 30

The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) along with tax officials have decided to persuade 25,000 taxpayers, who have defaulted to file their GSTR-3B returns by the November 20 due date for the month of October, to file the same.

Tax officials have been directed to follow up personally with these defaulting taxpayers so that their GSTR-3B returns due for October get filed by Nov 30.

These 25,000 taxpayers, who have not yet filed their returns, were identified on the basis of last month’s statistics, said sources in the Department of Revenue on the condition of anonymity, after a high-level review meeting of the officials.

According to sources, in the review meeting, it was highlighted that about 25,000 top taxpayers of the last month have not yet filed their returns this month. Also, that so far this month, about 80 lakh GSTR-3B returns have been filed. It was also decided at the meeting that all such taxpayers who have not yet filed their returns shall be sent SMS and email communications and the GST registration cancellation process can be started for about 5.43 lakh taxpayers who have not filed their returns for the last six or more months.

Sources said the GSTN has also been directed to send 1 lakh SMS and e-mail reminders per day to the taxpayers, particularly to the defaulting taxpayers, to file the returns in due time.

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