GSTN Glitches: Rajasthan HC Asks GST Dept To Accept GSTR-9 and 9C Returns till 12th February without Late Fee
Citing glitches in the goods and services tax network (GSTN) portal, the Rajasthan High Court has asked GST authorities to accept GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C till 12th February without levying any late fee, says a report from TaxSutra.com.
The Jodhpur bench, comprising chief justice Indrajit Mahanty and justice Pushpendra Singh Bhati, also asked GST authorities to file a detailed reply about their preparedness and server capacity of the GSTN portal for accepting returns.
Being aggrieved by the functioning of the common portal, the petitioner association, in its public interest litigation (PIL), apprised the HC about technical glitches while filing of GSTR 9 and 9C on GSTN portal and arbitrary fixation of last dates for various statutory compliances.
The HC considered the bottleneck with respect to GSTN server capacity to handle the filing of pending returns within the deadline and also perused the screenshots submitted by the petitioner regarding the unsuccessful attempts of the tax professionals time and again during the extended period.
Sanjay Jhanwar, Rahul Lakhwani and Prateek Gattani, counsels for the petitioner, also informed the bench on how the central board of indirect taxes and customs (CBITC) keeps extending last date of filing through its Twitter handle. They also submitted screenshots of unsuccessful attempts to file GSTR 9 and GSTR 9C on the GSTN portal.
Discarding GST department's contention that the taxpayers should not wait for the last date for filing of the return, the HC bench stated that it is a legal right of the taxpayers to file returns up to the last date.