This government brought in GST as a historic reform of the indirect taxation system in the country effective from 1.1 July 2017. Since then, we have come a long w, in simplifying the GST tax administration based on feedback frorn taxpayers, experts and other stakeholders. We have strived to make return filing process easy and simple for small taxpayers by introducing features like SMS based filing for nil return. However, more efforts are required to ease tax compliances further for the taxpayers, specially MSMEs.
The government is commit. to continue these reforms in future as well to facilitate taxpayers. The country is facing COVID-19 Pandemic. This has led to some disruptions in the economic activities in the country. Congratulations to CBIC and its officers for the commendable job done by them during these testing times. They went above and beyond their .11 of duty to help and handhold taxpayers, small and large, during this crucial time. Happy to note that the officers of CBIC disbursed record amount of refunds to ease cash flow of taxpayers during this period.
Going forward, we must focus on the clarion .11 by Hon'ble Prime Minister for an "Atrmanirbhar Bharat". For this motto of self-reliance, Tax administration, especially the GST tax administration, will have a large role to play. We must foresee the issues faced by our business community and proactively address the same to enable them to compete on a global scale. Only by this proactivity can we ensure much needed economic growth in near future. We must strive to make the tax administration so simple that the taxpayers find it easy to comply with all their tax obligations. This is the true essence of 'ease of doing business" as far as tax administration is concern..
Heartiest greetings to all the officers of CBIC on the occasion of GST Day for being part of this transformational journey.