The government unveiled a new initiative, ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikaar,’ aimed at encouraging consumers to demand invoices during purchases. Introduced in Haryana, Assam, Gujarat, and the union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Puducherry, the scheme offers consumers the opportunity to win prizes ranging from ₹10,000 to ₹1 crore.
To be eligible, invoices must have a minimum value of ₹200, and up to 25 invoices per individual will be considered each month. Dushyant Chautala, Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana, explained that over ₹30 crore in rewards will be distributed annually across these regions. He added that the government has developed the ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’ app for uploading invoices, with over 50,000 downloads to date.
The scheme, launched for one year initially, aims to foster the habit of demanding invoices during purchases. It also seeks to facilitate post-sale customer support, product replacement, refunds, and enhance tax compliance at the retail level. Improved tax compliance and revenue collection will provide policymakers with the flexibility to consider lowering tax rates in the future, contributing to the government’s ongoing efforts to streamline the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system.
When enquired about this to our GST experts – The ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikaar’ scheme is a significant initiative to boost GST compliance in India. By incentivising consumers to demand invoices during purchases, it not only promotes transparency but also encourages tax compliance. The scheme’s potential extension nationwide could have far-reaching effects, further improving tax collection efficiency and providing the GST Council with the flexibility to lower tax rates, aligning with the goal of maintaining lower GST rates while bolstering economic growth.
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