Source: Times Of India
NEW DELHI: For decades, Sugal & Damani Group focused on lotteries before it entered the online bill payment business with Payworld.
Now, it has become a GST service provider (GSP)+ , an entity that will help businesses register, upload electronic invoices and file on the technology platform, and plans to leverage its network.
Pune-based Vayana Network has been working with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to arrange funds and has no experience of taxation, but it too has become a GSP and is eyeing business from companies, their vendors as well as standalone SMEs.
Besides GSPs, GST has given birth to another set of entities called ‘ application service providers+ ‘ or ASPs that will use sales and purchase data from taxpayers and convert it into GST returns for filing online.
GST is spawning a $2 billion-3 billion (Rs 13,000 crore-20,000 crore) industry comprising software service providers +, ASPs and GSPs, chartered accountants and consulting firms as the entire industry is undergoing business process re-engineering.
SAP and Oracle, the big daddies of the ERP business, may mop up revenues of at least $1 billion (Rs 6,500 crore) over the next two years, industry players say.
Homegrown Tally Solutions, which has close to 11 lakh users of its accounting software, has already got around six lakh subscriptions from businesses, which entitles them to free upgrades and access to all information.
While the cost of software varies between Rs 18,000 and Rs 54,000, each annual subscription fetches the company Rs 3,600 (for a single user) to Rs 10,800 (multiple users).
With 10,000 melas planned in the next one month, the company is out to garner as much business as possible while helping businesses tackle GST, said Tally Systems executive director Tejas Goenka.
Even a smaller player like the newly set up Ginesys is eyeing a turnover of around Rs 100 crore in three years, said co-founder Ashish Mittal. Then, there are the likes of ClearTax, which was set up to file income tax returns. Sensing a huge business opportunity it has expanded into the GST arena with its software and tie-ups with around 10,000 chartered accountants, said ClearTax founder CEO Archit Gupta.
Not surprisingly, companies have hired big time to meet the required demand. SAP and its partners have around 500-600 people working on implementing ERP solutions, business filing, supply chain and the app for filing returns, said Neeraj Athalye, who leads the firm’s GST adoption drive. Cleartax has hired around 400 in the last one year or so.
The big four accounting firms too have ramped up. Deloitte’s indirect tax team has around 250 new recruits, while PwC has expanded its pool of CAs and systems executives by 200-250. While the billing for large companies runs into crores, including consulting services, the smaller companies are banking on volumes with some charging a fee of as low as Rs 100-200 a month for filing returns.