New Delhi, April 9, 2018

The states are leaving no stones unturned when it comes to compliance of the inter-state e-way bill, which came into force from 1 April.

The Maharashtra State Tax department has issued a circular hinting that some transporters in the state might be transporting goods without e-way bill and therefore has asked the transporters to comply with the e-way bill provisions.

According to the circular issued on 4 April, the number of e-ways bills generated in Maharashtra on 3 April was 1,00,938 compared to 1,75,851 generated by Gujarat. The circular says that this is far less given the number of transporters enrolled in Gujarat has 1980 compared to 2669 in Maharashtra.

The circular says that given the poor numbers it is likely that many transporters in the state are moving goods without generating e-way bills. It also warned transporters that any unauthorised movement of goods would be dealt with strictly.

According to the government, a total of 11,18,292 taxpayers have registered on e-way Bill Portal. Further 20,057 transporters have enrolled themselves on the e-way bill portal. In the first two days, over 2.5 lakh e-way bills were being generated daily. Though the number would go up substantially when e-way bills for intra-state transportation of goods is also required.

The successful implementation of e-way bill is very crucial as both the states and the centre consider it as an important anti-evasion provision to check tax leakages.

The government, which is already facing continuous drop in monthly GST collections, hopes to see improvement on this front after the e-way bill is implemented.

The GST collection figure for February was at Rs 89,264 crore. Overall in the eight months since July, the government has collected Rs 7.17 lakh crore, averaging Rs 89,700 crore a month. In the first couple of months, the collection was over Rs 93,000 crore, even reaching a figure of over Rs 95,000 crore in the month of October.

Under the new rule, any transporter moving goods more than Rs 50,000 has to generate e-way bill. While right now only inter-state transfer of goods need to generate e-way bill, from 15 April e-way bill for intra-state movement of goods would also be started in staggered manner. In the first phase, four states would implement the intra-state e-way bill.

[Business Today]