FASTag: How GST will cruise ahead with new-age tech

The government took a leap in logistics by introducing e-way bills to check tax evasion by tracking the movement of goods and establishing direct linkage between what is declared and what is actually moved. Now it is trying to make the e-way bill system even stricter. It has found an innovative way to check evasion of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). It is planning to link the GST Network with FASTag mechanism of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and Logistics Data Bank (LDB) services of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation

What is FASTag?
FASTag is a device that employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it. It is affixed on the windscreen of the vehicle and enables the commuter to drive through toll plazas without stopping for cash transactions. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had announced in September this year that all toll plazas in India would get FASTags over the next four months.

In July this year, the government had proposed making FASTag and vehicle tracking systems mandatory for commercial vehicles seeking a national permit. FASTag was made mandatory for all new four-wheelers from December 2017. Mandatory FASTag is aimed at decongesting toll plazas and saving time and fuel. The government has launched a mobile app through which highway users can buy FASTags which are delivered to the user’s doorsteps within 24 hours.

The GST linkage
The revenue department is planning to integrate e-way bills with FASTag mechanism to facilitate faster movement of goods and check GST evasion. E-way bills are required for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another. The e-way bills will also be linked to LDB services of the DMICDC. LDB too uses RFID technology to provide container tracking services in India by integrating multiple information nodes across various agencies.


Changes in E-way Bill from 16th November 2018

The National Informatics Centre E-way Bill Project has published a list of improvements in the E-way Bill under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. The changes would be applicable with effect from 16th November 2018.

As per the document issued by the NIC, the following changes will be made in the e-way bills.

Checking of duplicate generation of e-way bills based on same invoice number: The e-way bill system is enabled in a way that if the consignor has generated one e-way bill on the particular invoice, then he or consignee or transporter will not be allowed to generate one more e-way bill on the same invoice number. If the transporter or consignee has generated one e-way bill on the consignor’s invoice, then if any other party (consignor, transporter or consignee) tries to generate the e-way bill, the system will alert that there is already one e-way bill for that invoice, and further it allows him to continue, if he wants.

CKD/SKD/Lots for movement of Export/Import consignment: CKD/SKD/Lots supply type can now be used for movement of the big consignment in batches, during Import & Export also. Delivery challan and tax invoice need to accompany goods as prescribed in Rule 55 (5) of CGST Rules, 2017.

Shipping address in case of export supply type : For Export supply type, the ‘Bill To’ Party will be URP or GSTIN of SEZ Unit with state as ‘Other Country’ and shipping address and PIN code can be given as the location (airport/shipping yard/border check post/ address of SEZ), from where the consignment is moving out from the country.

Dispatching address in case of import supply type : For Import supply, the ‘Bill From’ Party will be URP or GSTIN of SEZ Unit with state as ‘Other Country’ and dispatching address and PIN code can be given as the location (airport/shipping yard/border check post/ address of SEZ), from where the consignment is entering the country.

Enhancement in ‘Bill To – Ship To’transactions: EWB generation is now categorized to four types now Regular and Bill to Ship to, Bill from Dispatch from & combination of both.

Changes in Bulk Generation Tool : Facility of EWB generation through the Bulk Generation Tool has been enhanced.

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