New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) A mobile app ‘GST Rates Finder’, available on android platform, will be soon made available on iOS platform as well, the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday.
The app aims to help any person who wishes to verify correctness of Goods and Services Tax charged from him while buying a good or a service.
“It will increase transparency and truly empowers every Indian citizen and serve as a ready reckoner for one and all,” the Ministry said in a statement here.
To install ‘GST Rate Finder’, a user of android mobile has to first open Google Play Store and type GST Rate Finder in the search option. “There may be many more apps available with similar names. The user has to download the app with the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) logo,” it said.
“The app will also operate on off-line mode,” it added.
After clicking on the icon of the mobile app, home screen will appear. On this screen the most important feature is Quick Search. The user can search for any goods and services by typing the name or chapter heading of the commodity or services he needs to know about.
If the user is not aware of the chapter heading of Harmonised System of Nomenclature (HSN) then the user can type the name of the goods or services.
For example, if the user searches for taxi-related services, he or she has to type taxi word in Quick Search. This search will provide a list of goods and services containing the word. Now the user may scroll the list and click on the specific category which he or she is looking for.
A click will open a window, containing details like GST rate, chapter heading of HSN and description of services.
“If the user is still not satisfied, a link of CBEC website is available on the home screen. This link will open the GST page of the CBEC website. The details are available on this website also,” it said.
If the user is aware of the chapter heading or the HSN Code then the specific HSN code can be typed in Quick Search box and the user can immediately see the specific description.