To give taxpayers more option to file returns once the much-awaited tax reform is rolled out, the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has invited private companies to build third-party interfaces.
Open for technology, accounting and financial services firms, it will enable businesses to file taxes from a host of platforms like mobile apps or portals instead of applying only through the GSTN portal.
The idea is to fuel “innovation” and have multiple solutions for different sectors such as FMCG or manufacturing since they may have different needs and also for corporations of different size, said a senior official of the agency, which is building the technology back-bone for the country’s largest tax reform ever.
The approach is similar to, the official said, “what the income tax department follows. Individuals are free to file their returns from multiple sources,” said the official.
They will go through a tough screening process and “will be certified by the government of India’s Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification agency (STQC) to ensure they meet quality standards and taxpayers do not have to worry about a bad interface”, the official added.
With the government setting a deadline of implementing the new taxation regime by April 1, 2017, the GSTN is hopeful of readying its technology systems before the deadline.