While the government remains committed to rolling out the GST regime from July 1, GST Suvidha Providers (GSPs), who are expected to help taxpayers cope with the transition to the new regime and its compliance paperwork, may only be operationally ready a few months down the line, say industry players.
“Being very upfront, we are not too confident about the July 1 roll-out deadline,” Tejas Goenka, executive director at Tally Solutions, one of the 34 GSPs so far approved by the GSTN, told The Hindu.
“The GSP model is not the only solution for the GSTN to meet its obligation to the citizens of the country — which is to get a system ready on which they can file their returns. It need not be that the GSP model will be out by July 1.”
Other GSPs say while they are confident in their own capabilities to meet the July 1 deadline, there are key processes — such as testing the compatibility of the GSTN software with the software run by each of the GSPs — that has not even begun as of now.