About 1,800 businesses that were registered under the earlier VAT
and service tax regime have applied for migrating to the GST
Council, in its meeting in July, had allowed businesses with provisional GST
ID to migrate to the new GST
The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs
(CBIC) had then asked these taxpayers to approach the jurisdictional nodal officer of the Central or state government on or before the August 31, 2018, along with provisional ID, registration number under the earlier law, reason for not migrating in the system, along with the contact details.
"About 1,800 businesses have migrated to GST
regime availing the latest migration window. The number could go up as the state tax officers are still compiling data," an official told PTI.
Currently, over 11.5 million businesses are registered under the GST
regime, of which 6.37 million have migrated from the erstwhile service tax and VAT
regime, and over 5.1 million are new registrants.
"The migration window since November 2016 and closed after roll out of GST
on July, 2017. Many taxpayers would have migrated when the window was open initially before GST
roll-out. Hence the turnout for migration would have been less this time," the official added.
The process of migration of existing assessees to the GSTN
had started in a phased manner from November 2016.
Once a business migrates to GST
regime, it is given a provisional ID. After that, in the second stage, the business has to log in to the GSTN
portal and give details of its business, such as the main place of business, additional place of business, directors and bank account details.
Thereafter, the business has to verify its registration through digital signature, or by generating an electronic verification code (EVC).
Many businesses, who were earlier registered with excise, service tax, VAT
regime, had not completed the second stage of migration process.
In the VAT
regime, businesses with turnover upto Rs 500,000 were exempt. However, in Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, the exemption threshold has gone up to Rs 20 lakh. Hence, all businesses who were registered under the erstwhile Indirect tax regime, need not migrate to GST