27.02.2023: CBIC may consider e-filing of pleas as GSTAT not ready yet

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) is considering allowing e-filling of petitions from aggrieved taxpayers as the setting up of GST Appellate Tribunals (GSTAT) may take another 10 months despite a green signal by the GST Council.

The board has submitted before the Bombay High Court that it will not oppose or block any tax litigation if a taxpayer is willing to file an appeal in the high courts.

The move brings relief to taxpayers who are awaiting setting up of tribunals and are unable to file writ petitions in high courts.

“We are considering the proposal to allow e-filling of writ petitions once the draft changes are included in the finance bill and approved,” an official said, adding that meanwhile if a taxpayer wants to challenge the order passed by the commissioner (appeals), officials will not block it or raise any objection.
This is a departure from the board's earlier stance in the Bombay High Court where it had said that a writ petition should not be entertained in high court to challenge the order passed by the commissioner (appeals). The change in stance comes as the GST Appellate Tribunals may not be fully functional till the year end, the official said. “The setting up of tribunals may not be possible before December or January, even when it is included in the upcoming finance bill,” the official said, adding that the this was because states have to make changes in their legislation and then the appointment process may take its own time.
Source: The Economic Times 

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