Ahead of the implementation of the GST Bill, the Department of Commercial Taxes has started facilitating migration from Value Added Tax (VAT) to GST for dealers.
Having started from January 1, 2017, dealers have a fortnight’s time to complete the enrollment. Data available with the department reveals that there are 6.16 lakh registered dealers in Karnataka. Of these, around 3 lakh have already enrolled for migration to the GST, said Ritvik Pandey, Commissioner of Commercial Taxes.
Pandey told reporters on Monday that provisional IDs were given to all the dealers who gave their PAN data for the process.
“Those who were registered under VAT, Entertainment Tax and Luxuries Tax in the state will now have to enroll for the GST also,” he said.
The department has set up help desks in several places, including divisional-level VAT offices, local VAT offices and VAT sub offices to make it easy for the dealers. An interactive interface is also available to answer frequently asked questions on www.ctax.kar.nic.in. The FKCCI has also started a help desk in co-ordination with the department of commercial taxes at the Federation House on KG Road. Department officials will be available to provide information on migration to the GST.
Answering a query on the impact to trade post-demonetisation, officials said it was yet to be assessed. Till now, in the current financial year, a total of `38,700 crore tax has been collected by the department, as against the target of `51,000.