Finally the Gram Panchayats are coming under the GST network. Gram Panchayat GST registration was declared mandatory on 14-07-2017 vide finance department memo no 4406-F(Y). But some delay in the administrative setup has delayed the whole process. Now the State Finance Department is expediting the whole process.
Here is the official order from the finance department regarding gram panchayat GST registration.
Government of West Bengal
No. 5721-F(Y) Dated 5th September, 2018
Sub: Compulsory Registration under GST as Tax Deductor
In order to implement the provisions of TDS under GST, the Finance Department vide its Memo No. 4406-F(Y) dated 14.07.2017 has issued instructions to the DDOs, Local Bodies, Statutory Bodies, Autonomous Institutions, Parastatals, etc. [hereinafter referred to as ‘Establishment’] under the administrative control of the State Government to immediately register on GSTN (Goods & Service Tax Network) as “Deductor” of Tax at Source in the GST Regime following the electronic process provided on the OST Portal (www.gst.gov.in) and obtain a GSTIN (Goods & Services Tax Identification Number) against the TAN of their Establishment.
2. However, as the decision to rollout TDS under GST was deferred, it has been observed that many Establishments have not yet registered themselves on the GST Portal to obtain their GSTIN (Goods & Services Tax Identification Number).
3. Now, TDS on GST is being implemented from 01.10.2018 and thereafter all the Deductors viz. DDOs and Operators of Deposit Accounts (Other than PF Deposits) will have to deduct TDS on GST as per Section 51 of the West Bengal Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017 and file return within 10th of the corresponding month, falling which penal provisions would be imposed on such ODO/Operators.
4. Therefore, all the DDOs/Operators of Deposit Accounts (Other than PF Deposits) who have not yet registered themselves with OSTN as mandated vide FD Memo No. 4406- F(Y) dated 14.07.2017 are directed to register themselves immediately with GSTN and obtain their GSTIN as “Deductor” against their TAN. Without obtaining the GSTIN (as Deduct or), TDS deduction and filling of return as per Section 51 of West Bengal Goods and Services Tax Act, 201 7 would not be possible and would attract penal clauses under the Act.
5. DDOs/Operators (other than PF Operators) after obtaining the GSTIN as Deductor from GSTN shall enter the GSTIN in the Master Maintenance link of e-Billing/Online PL Module of IFMS. The process of obtaining GSTIN and entry of GSTIN in IFMS should necessarily be completed before the 30.09.2018 positively.
6. In case of any queries, the Officials of STDS Cell, Office of the Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, West Bengal, 2nd Building, 1st Floor, Room No. 102 & 119, 14- Beliaghata Road, Kolkata-700015, may be contacted over Phone at (033)-7122-1128/29/30/31/32 or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org / stds.comtax@wbcomtax,gov.in.
Additional Chief Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal