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New Delhi : The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) called a meeting with all the GST Suvidha Providers (GSPs) at their office at Aero City in national capital on June 9, 2017. There are 34 GSPs that have been selected by GSTN to provide additional channel of filing returns and other compliances related to GST.

GSPs are expected to help large businesses with complex and varied internal processes to comply with the GST regime that becomes effective from July 1, 2017. The meeting was chaired by the Chairman, GSTN, who heard and assessed the preparations of the GSPs. The meeting was also attended among others by Arun Goyal, Additional Secretary, GST Security Council, who interacted with the GSPs, according to a PIB release.

Of the 34 GSPs, representatives of 30 were present at the meeting and 2 attended via conference call. GSTN presented the timelines of the release of updated specifications of APIs for the new GST Return (GSTR) forms that are to be applicable from July 1. The Application Programme Interface (API) specifications will be released in staggered manner for all the GSPs and their partner ASPs so that they can study and analyse the same for making changes in their software developed on old design of returns. Subsequent to publishing of the specifications, GSTN will also make available live APIs on the sandbox for testing of the codes that the GSPs will modify/develop.The dates for the release of the specifications and the Live APIs for various returns for testing/integration were communicated to all the GSPs.

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