Finance commission Chairperson seeks big changes in GST structure Finance commission chairman N K Singh called for major changes in the GST structure, including reducing the complex compliance procedures and also doing away with frequent rate changes, to improve collection. He also pitched for a rationalization in centrally sponsored schemes, and blamed the government for not clearly defining the role of the NITI Aayog which, as of now, does not have any powers to take financial decisions.
The comments from the chief of the commission — which decides on the revenue distribution between the Centre and the states — come amid concerns about the continuous fall in GST collection that has not touched the targeted Rs 1 lakh crore every month, barring one. “If you do not simplify GST, you will be defeating the very purpose and intention of why we took this far reaching step. The cumbersomeness of compliance is one of the important factors why I believe that there is a huge scope for improving the revenue realisation from GST.
Equally, I do believe the frequency with which the rates have been changed is unbelievable. You are playing with the rates of taxation; these are serious issues and these are not rates of mutual accommodation” said the Chairman. But he noted that despite all the issues, we have seen one of the fastest GST adoption rates and credited the same to the Prime Minister and then former finance minister Arun Jaitley, but stressed on the need to go back to the drawing board urgently. The changes sought will minimize the cost of compliance, make the system less burdensome and finally lead to an improved revenue collection.