Thiruvananthapuram: The outline of Goods and Services Tax (GST) offices, which will be set up in the State as part of implementing the GST, has been finalized. The headquarters of the GST offices will be in Thiruvananthapuram. There will be 18 divisional offices in various districts. Additionally, the establishment of 91 GST range offices has also been decided.
With these offices starting to function from June 1, the current offices of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) will become GST offices. Kerala Zone Chief Commissioner Pullela Nageswara Rao has ordered the Commissioners to set up new buildings and facilities in places where the CBEC has no offices.
Steps have been taken to deploy officials to the new offices. Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram are the three Commissionerates. The new divisions that come under these Commissionerates are the following: Kochi-– Chalakkudy, Aluva, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Kakkanad, Prumbavoor and Idukki. Kozhikode —Kannur, Kozhikode Rural, Kozhikode Urban, Malappuram and Palakkad. Thiruvananthapuram—Alappuzha, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram North, Thiruvananthapuram South.
The 13 divisions in the CBEC will become 18 when it’s shifted to the GST. There will be increase in the number of range offices. In some places range offices were shut and in other places new offices were set up. This is based on the equation of commercial transactions. Even though the number of offices has been increased, there will be no increase of employees.
The States and the Centre evolved a consensus on the first day of the 14th GST Council meeting yesterday to keep 81 per cent of a total of 1,211 items at the modal tax rate of 18 per cent or below.
The Council also gave final approval to seven rules pertaining to registration, payment, refund, invoice debit, credit note, input tax credit, valuation, and composition scheme — essential prerequisites for the industry to gear up for the transition to the GST. Two rules on transition provisions and returns have been sent for legal vetting.