Government takes action against 17,527 taxpayers for tax evasion under GST regime; Uttar Pradesh tops the list

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Published: January 10, 2018 12:11:45 PM

It has been around six months since the new indirect tax regime has come into place and this has been the first time that the government has detailed data for action against tax evaders in the GST.

gst, gst deadline, gst filing deadlineUttar Pradesh tops the list of the states with highest alleged tax evaders under the GST regime.

Since the day goods and services tax (GST) has been implemented, the central government has taken action against 17,527 alleged tax evaders. It has been around six months since the new indirect tax regime has come into place. This has been the first time that the government has detailed data for action against tax evaders in the GST. Uttar Pradesh tops the list of the states with highest alleged tax evaders as the government acted against 8,413 tax evaders in the GST regime, according to finance ministry data. Andhra Pradesh is at the second spot with 5,974 actions against tax evaders, followed by Kerala that has recorded 1,538 actions.Out of the total 17,527 actions, only one action has been recorded by the central tax authorities. Punjab is the only state where Centre has acted upon a tax evader, while rest of the 17,526 actions against tax evaders have been taken by state authorities, reported the Indian Express citing the data released by the Finance Ministry.

It has been six months since the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the country is still working on to adapt to the new indirect tax regime, which subsumed over a dozen indirect tax. The government has already extended the deadline for filing first of the three comprehensive GST returns — GSTR-1 which is populated with sales details — to January 10 from December 31 last year. The GST Council has taken decisions on several fronts to make the process easier and increase compliance by reducing rates. On November 10, after its 23rd meeting, the GST Council announced rate cuts on as many as 178 items, following which the revenue fell significantly. However, to curb tax evasion, approved an early roll-out of the e-way bill for the interstate movement. Earlier, tax evasion was rampant as some preferred not to pay tax by resorting to cash dealing. Once the e-way bill system is implemented, tax avoidance will become extremely difficult as the government will have details of all goods above the value of Rs 50,000 moved and can spot the mismatch if either the supplier or the purchaser does not file tax returns, a government official told PTI. GST collections slipped for the second straight month to Rs 80,808 crore in November 2017, down from over Rs 83,000 crore in the previous month. The total collection of GST till December 25 last year stood at Rs 80,808 crore for November and 53.06 lakh returns have been filed for the month. As per the data available, GST collections in July was over Rs 95,000 crore, while in August the figure was over Rs 91,000 crore. In September last year, it was over Rs 92,150 crore.

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