This is the first time after introduction of GST that taxpayer consultation is being done on such a large scale. On 7th December 2019 tax authorities will seek views from businesses, traders and tax experts across the country on the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) returns that will be introduced from 1st April, 2020. The new return forms are now available for voluntary filing, but will be made compulsory from the beginning of the next fiscal. Nation-wide consultation is aimed at getting an on-the-spot response to the new GST returns and identifying areas where tax payers may have a difficulty in filing tax returns and fix those problems before the new forms are made compulsory. Special care is being taken to ensure that the next wave of changes in GST does not trigger a backlash as had happened when the tax reform was introduced in July 2017 that led to several deadline extensions for return filings. Industry representatives and accountants have already demonstrated the changes they wanted in the system in the meeting held last month. Accordingly GST return filing system has already undergone several rounds of simplification, the latest being a simplified annual return and reconciliation statement for the first two years i.e. 2017-18 & 2018-19 of GST brought out recently.