Himachal To Add Hotels, HomeStays In Tax Net To Drive Up GST Collections

Shimla: To overcome the shortfall in Goods & Service Tax (GST) collections, top officials have directed tax authorities to bring Hotels and Home Stay accommodations under the tax net.

Presiding over a meeting with tax officials, chief secretary Shrikant Baldi on Saturday asked the taxmen to increase the number of GST registrations in the state. A drive would be launched to bring more hotels and home stays into the tax net, he said.

He said that the tax authorities needed to increase the tax return filing from 75% to 95%. A major drive should be launched to improve GST revenue, said Baldi, by increasing the current 75% return filing by 30th November. he tax authorities have been asked to explore the possibilities of improving the GST revenues.

To increase sale of automobiles within the State, the government has proposed to reimburse a part of the State GST to the customer for buying vehicles within the state. The chief secretary that the reimbursement of tax in SGST would be done for automobile sale, on condition if the dealer passed on the same rebate to customer.

The tax authorities were directed to prepare a proposal to remove the provision of C-Form on the use of petrol and diesel by consumers.

Baldi also said that Himachal Pradesh Settlement scheme intends to bring down legacy cases of Pre-GST Regime (VAT Regime).

Till September, Himachal Pradesh for the year 2019-20 had recored at GST collection of Rs 1828 crore. In 2018-19 the state had registered a GST tax collection of Rs 3456.98 crore, which was substantially higher that the Rs 2497 crore recorded in 2017-18.

In its budget for 2019-20, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur had projected Rs 3238 crore as revenue from State Goods and Service Tax for the year, which was 20.7% higher that the revised estimate for 2018-19.

GST shortfall last year till Sept 2018

Last year, Himachal has registered one of the highest shortfall in GST collections in the country.

As a small hilly state with a developing economy, efforts are being made by for proper implementation of GST for better in the state, said the chief secretary.

Principal Secretary Finance Prabodh Saxena, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu other senior officer were present in the meeting.

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