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Government Detects GST Evasion of Rs 20,000 crore in April-Feb: Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC)


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

New Delhi, February 27, 2019:
The government has detected Goods and Services Tax evasion of around Rs 20,000 crore in April 2018 to Feb 2019 period, said Mr John Joseph, Member (Budget & Investigations) at Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CITC), at a National Conference on GST 2.0 – Recent Development and Way Forward, organised by an apex industry body ASSOCHAM, in New Delhi today.
He further added that out of Rs 20,000 crore detected by the government, Rs 10,000 crore was recovered from tax evaded in the same period. According to the Government’s response in Lok Sabha, about 3,196 cases involving an amount of Rs 12,767 crore was detected by the government in April-November. About Rs 7,910 crore was recovered during April 2018 to November 2018, according to the same response.
Joseph also said that the Government will take more measures to increase compliance and act against evaders; so that genuine businesses do not suffer.

The Conference discussed about the futuristic trends in the GST, also termed as GST 2.0, will be driven. The Conference discussed about the technology upgradation in implementing the GST, tax administration and the roadmap in future.
Mr Pratik Jain, Chairman, National Council on Indirect Taxes, ASSOCHAM mentioned that when the interim Budget was presented, the GST collection for the next year has been projected to grow by 21% over this year. Citing that the economy has been growing around 7.5 per cent, Mr Jain expected that in future, there would be rigorous audits, scrutinies and investigations. He further maintained that tax invasion was a big problem for the Government and the trade needed to be responsible to ensure seamless and transparent implementation of GST procedures. “We have to work out a vendor-complaint eco-system”, he added. 


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