FIU asked to track service tax evaders
Finance minister P Chidambaram has also asked the DGCEI “to make available some unique identifier” to track evaders of both the service tax and central excise duty.
Sources told The Indian Express that the finance minister had questioned the DGCEI in a meeting held last month as to “why is Permanent Account Number is not mandatory for registration under excise department or customs department and why should not it be made mandatory?”
The reason for the query was simple. In the absence of any unique identifier, the intelligence unit has not been able to process a list of 557 defaulters of excise duty handed over to the finance ministry, as the names of these defaulters do not figure in the government’s data base.
“While running the data through its database, the FIU found that absence of PAN-like unique identifier has ensured that these defaulters leave no trail. The finance minister asked the DGCEI to work towards making available some kind of unique identifier,” the source said.
As to the list of defaulters handed over to the FIU by the DGCEI, Chidambaram has ordered both the agencies to look into the issue and “the result of these exercises would
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