On 8 December, a particular tender took accounting software makers by surprise. It was from the GST Network—the company that provides the tech infrastructure to power India’s new taxation system, the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The tender called for bids to provide accounting and billing software for small businesses.
A new tax roll out in July and an accounting software in December? That’s not unusual. The government routinely provides tools that citizens can use to comply with a law, like an income tax portal for citizens. Or in this case, a tool to help businesses upload returns onto GSTN or the Network’s portal for free.