GST registration last date for dealers fixed as March 31

The last date for enrolment under GST has been fixed as March 31 for dealers across the country.

The last date for enrollment under GST has been fixed as March 31 for dealers across the country.

Dealers can log on to the government's newly launched GST portal (www.gst.gov.in) to enroll themselves. For taxpayers of VAT, Service Tax, Central Excise, etc. who have been registered upto January 31, 2016, it is advisable to get enrolled as soon as possible.

For any assistance with the GST registration process, dealers can head to facilitation centres set up by the Income Tax Department. These centres have been enabled with various facilities like computers, internet, scanners and printers for the enrollment process, and trained staff is also available to assist dealers.

For specific queries and/or concerns dealers can reach out to the GST helpdesk by emailing them at helpdesk@gst.gov.in. Dealers can also call the helpline 0124-4688999 for any assistance.

Under the current VAT law, dealers who do not enroll themselves until this deadline face the prospect of de-registration. Those who miss registration are also expected to face difficulties to register afresh for GST.

Timely registration is also pertinent for the the smooth transition of businesses under the GST regime.

GST is an important tax reform that aims to unite the country into a common market. The goods and services tax will emerge as a single tax that will be levied by the Centre and the states instead of multiple taxes that were being levied before, including VAT, service tax, luxury tax, entertainment tax, excise duty and entry tax.

The rollout of GST has been facing delays for a couple of months, while Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is still outlining the policy framework. There's also an ongoing tussle between the Centre and the states over the issue of sharing of powers.

Nevertheless, the GST rollout is expected to begin either from June 1 or July 1. The government is expected to finalise a date soon.