The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has urged Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to extend the last date for filing of annual GST return in Form GSTR 9. The last date for filing such return is 31st August, 2019.
CAIT national president B C Bhartia and secretary general Praveen Khandelwal while demanding the extension said that prescribed Form GSTR 9 for filing annual return is still very complicated. Many informations demanded in the said Form are totally new and therefore were never included GST software of different companies and their compilation is a gigantic task therefore inspite of best efforts traders are findy it difficult comply with same.
Both Bhartia and Khandelwal said that many a times the GST portal is not working efficiently preventing the traders from uploading the form. They also said that currently since last more than twenty days internet connectivity in J&K is highly disruptive and flood in various parts of the country has badly affected the businesses and will take time to them restoring normalcy .
The CAIT has that under the circumstances the Finance Minister may extend the last date of August 31 to October 31. The industry body has also said that the GSTR 9 form should be simplified to the extent that even an ordinary trader may able to file the return himself.