PUDUCHERRY: The enrolment of VAT assessees to Goods and Services Tax (GST) Portal will begin in Puducherry, the first in the country (along with Sikkim), from November 8. On the same day, the GST Portal will be launched by the Government of India, as part of rolling out the GST from April 1, 2017. Puducherry and Sikkim were selected as pilot States to be migrated to the new GST System.
Around 16,000 VAT assessees in Puducherry will begin the enrolment from November 8 and continue up to November 23. With the provisional user ID and password provided by the Puducherry Commercial Department, after validation of e-mail id, mobile number and PAN, the enrolment can be done to GST, though the portal www.gst.gov.in. Already PAN validation has been completed for the existing 15,900 VAT assessees by the Puducherry Commercial Department and email-id and mobile number verification has been done for 70 per cent of the VAT assessees. Those who have enrolled will get a provisional GST certificate once the GST is rolled out on April1, 2017.
“The enrolment of other States will be done subsequently and the entire process completed by January 15, 2017,” said Navin Kumar, Chairman of GST network.
Giving a presentation at the GST Portal Curtain Raiser, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries, Puducherry, Navin Kumar said that under GST, dealers need to have a separate registration in every State where they are operational. However for the same dealer who is paying VAT, service tax of central excise, separate registration is not required.