GST portal: Pan masala, tobacco manufacturers to register their machines


To check evasion, the GST portal has developed a form for manufacturers of Pan Masal and Tobacco taxpayers to register their machines. The same form will also be used to inform about the disposal of the machine. Another form will soon be notified to give information on inputs and outputs during a month.

Based on the recommendation of the GST Council, the Government issued a notification in January to seek information from taxpayers dealing in the goods such as pan masala and tobacco. Accordingly, two forms- GST SRM-I and GST SRM-II — were notified. The former pertains to the registration and disposal of machines, while the latter asks for information on inputs and outputs during a month. Earlier, the system was to come into effect on April 1, but it was later deferred to May 15.

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“To begin with, the facility to register the machines have been made available on the GST Portal to file the information in Form GST SRM-I. All taxpayers dealing in the items mentioned in the said notification may use the facility to file the information about machines. Form GST SRM-II will also be made available on the portal shortly,” a communication from the GST portal said.

The Finance Act 2024 has amended the GST law to say that manufacturers of pan masala, gutka and similar tobacco products will have to pay a penalty of up to ₹1 lakh, if they fail to register their packing machinery with the GST authorities. Meanwhile, the penalty provision has not been notified.

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