Today was the last date for paying taxes and filing GST returns for the month of July but the deadline has been extended due to some technical glitches. With complaints coming in from several tax payers regarding the technical glitches on the Goods and Services Tax return filing website on Saturday ahead of the impending Sunday deadline, the government has extended the last date for filing the first tax returns under the GST regime to August 25.
The ministry said that it had also received requests from States that have been hit by floods to extend the last date for return filing, while Jammu and Kashmir had sought more time as it had passed the GST-enabling laws after the tax was rolled out on July 1.
However, several registered taxpayers were unable to file those returns on Saturday on the GST.gov.in website, which by evening admitted technical glitches in the process. “We are experiencing slowness and are working to improve the response. Please bear with us”, a scroll on the website announced. The Finance Ministry also advises to file the returns well before the last day to avoid facing any last moment technological difficulty in submission of return.