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SCCI efforts pay off: GST officials not to conduct surprise visits to shops and establishments

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Jamshedpur, Jan 13: Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industries has welcomed the decision of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) to give businessmen an opportunity to explain the differences in their GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B returns and short or non-payment of the amount of self-assessed tax liability before any action for recovery of GST is taken. The decision was taken after the new law came into force from January 1, according to which the GST officials were empowered to make surprise visits to business premises of a businessman for recovering tax and that too without serving any notice or hearing to the taxpayer.

“It is a big relief for us that CBIC has agreed to give the opportunity to taxpayers to explain the reason for the mismatch in their returns and for short or non-payment of tax. As per the earlier notification, the officials were given a free hand to take action against businessmen without giving any opportunity to explain,” said an official.

SCCI had requested Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that the new provision which came into force from January 1, 2022, under which GST officials had decided to go to business establishments, industries and collect tax on their own. It was suggested to her with immediate withdrawal as well as that a notice should be given from whom the tax is to be collected, a time limit should be fixed if the tax is not paid within that time limit, after that further action should be taken.

By taking such action, the officers of GST will directly reach the commercial establishments in the industries and take action to collect the tax directly, then somewhere directly inspector raj and corruption will increase. On the other hand, there will be an atmosphere of discouragement among the traders and entrepreneurs. There was a lot of anger among the traders and a warning had been given to strike on the road.

The delegation of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industries had submitted a suggestion letter from the Central GST Commissioner. Along with this, the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister were requested to take a positive decision by correspondence and tweet.

Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industries President Vijay Anand Moonka said that the Union Finance Ministry has withdrawn the new provision, now GST officials will not be able to collect tax by visiting establishments and industries themselves. He said that a positive decision has been taken keeping in mind all the matters in the interest of the nation, revenue and public, due to which trade and industry will flourish even more and the way GST is touching the new record of monthly collection, it will continue to move forward.

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