1st National Conference of Enforcement Chiefs Of State and Central GST Wings

  • The conference aims to facilitate understanding and streamline operations of tax authorities in enforcement actions. 
  • The Union Finance Minister commended the efforts of both Centre and States GST formations since 2017 in making the GST a reliable, goal-oriented, and capable system. 
  • The Minister urged all GST formations to leverage technology to plug loopholes and provide better taxpayer services.
  • The importance of innovation was emphasized, with the need for seamless coordination across States in the larger national interest.
  • Regular meetings among enforcement chiefs of Centre and States were stressed for discussing obstacles, exchanging successful strategies, and collectively advancing towards a more robust and harmonious tax infrastructure.
  • The Union Finance Minister emphasized the need to look into clarity on classification related issues at the earliest through appropriate channels.

 

GST Reforms and Enforcement in India 

 

  • Shri Chaudhary praised GST for simplifying indirect taxation and reducing effective tax rates. 
  • He urged GST authorities to facilitate more taxpayers and credited the Prime Minister’s vision for ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. 
  • Shri Sanjay Malhotra, Revenue Secretary, stressed the role of enforcement in GST success, highlighting key priorities such as targeting high-risk areas, combating tax evaders, balancing enforcement with taxpayer rights, and gathering feedback for policy and technological improvements. 
  • Shri Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, CBIC Chairman, emphasized the importance of data analytics and technology in combating GST evasion.
  • Additional Secretary, Revenue, highlighted the platform’s potential for fostering collaboration and sharing best practices in GST enforcement. 
  • The GST Council Secretariat reported a nationwide crackdown on fake registrations and bogus billing, resulting in detection of ITC tax evasion of Rs. 49,623 Crore involving 31,512 bogus firms.
  • Maharashtra State GST showcased a real-time monitoring dashboard of suspected non-genuine tax payers (NGTPs), with 6,034 detected as of 29th February 2024. 
  • The conference discussed GST evasion typologies, preferred methods, prevalent sectors, collaborative efforts, and the need to utilize technology effectively.

 

  • Participants discussed addressing fake invoicing and its associated issues like money laundering, identity theft, and circular trading. 
  • The conference discussed navigating legal and operational challenges while ensuring minimal disruption for businesses.
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