Maharashtra - Now, pay taxes & fines online
Maharashtra government initiative aimed at making system
The Maharashtra government has launched net banking
facility to collect sales tax, road tax and penalties.
The facility is called GRAS (Government Receipt
Accounting System) or e-challan payment. Revenue
minister Balasaheb Thorat said with the launch of the
facility, the taxpayer would not be required to visit
the bank to make such payments. Thorat, however, made it
clear that it is not mandatory to pay taxes online.
The government’s initiative is a part of its policy to make the
tax collection system more transparent by reducing the interface between the
taxpayers and government employees.
Of the 100 per cent tax collection, sales tax and VAT accounts for 60 per cent,
stamp and registration 20 per cent, and motor and vehicle tax accounting 8 to 10
“The new system is of great benefit to taxpayers, as they are not required to
personally visit the bank to make the payments,” Thorat said.
“Payments can be made electronically from any place where internet facility is
available. A single simplified challan has to be filled up instead of the
complicated three-copy challan. Once you have the challan copy with the
government reference number (GRN) and you have filled in your Tax ID and TAN
correctly, you are assured that the payment will be properly accounted for in
A senior official said the taxpayer immediately gets the GRN and Bank challan
identification number (CIN) online, which is necessary to file returns.
Taxpayers can use the facility if they have a bank account with net-banking
facility in any of the banks registered on the site, and have obtained the user
id for online money transactions from the bank.
Mohan Gurnani, president of Federation of Maharashtra, welcomed the state
government’s move. “However, it also has to cover all small banks or some
arrangement has to be made so that even traders and people, especially from the
rural areas, are able to avail of the facility. In the absence of such a
facility the government’s move is meaningless,” Gurnani said.
He recalled that while making VAT payments in public sector banks, banks
insisted that the taxpayer have an account in the bank concerned, and this made
the process cumbersome.
Business Standard, India, dated