Jammu and Kashmir Govt unblocks e-way bills

Jammu and Kashmir Taxes Department has unblocked e-way bills which were blocked due to traders not filing Goods and Services Tax returns since August 5 due to absence of the Internet services in Kashmir.   

J&K administration snapped the Internet on all platforms across the Valley on August 5, hours before the Government of India (GoI) announced its decision to scrap J&K’s special status and bifurcate the State into two union territories.   

After four months of uncertainty the J&K Taxes Department recently issued an order asking its officers to consider applications for generation of e-way bills of those traders who have filed returns till July but failed to file returns for August, September and October months.

“Taking the request and hassle free movement of goods from outside States to Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir into consideration, it is impressed upon all jurisdiction officers to consider applications of the concessionaire/concessionee that have filed GST returns till July and unblock their e-way bills,” reads  the order issued by the J&K Taxes Department.

Commissioner Taxes Department P K Bhat while talking to Greater Kashmir said, “We have issued an order to facilitate unblocking of e-way bills for traders who were not able to file GST returns from July onwards.”

According to GST guidelines, if the tax-payer has not filed returns for two successive months in JKGST portal, their GST number will be blocked for generation of e-way bill. The e-way bills are must for procuring goods from other States.

 “Internet blockade hampered GST return filing in Kashmir. In Jammu region broadband service is operational, but in Kashmir there is hardly any internet connectivity from where traders can file returns,” said a senior official of the Taxes Department.

According to the officials since August 5 tax payers have not been able to file the GST returns, particularly GSTR 3B on time. “Date of filing of returns was extended till October 20 in view of the representations received from the tax payers, but the percentage of the returns filed during this period has been abysmally low. Only around 40% returns due for this period have been filed so far,” said an official. “