Ever since the Goods and Services regime was executed on July 1, 2017, the commercial tax department has seen an 85% rise in the number of taxpayers who have halted filing returns. In this article, we will discuss Non-tax filing on increase in state since GST rollout.
Non-tax filing on increase in state since GST rollout
The department has also detected a boost in the number of cases where tax dues have persisted unpaid for the last four financial years.
Data tabled by the state during the ongoing committee session shows that the number of tax evasion cases have also improved since 2017-2018.
Further, Chief minister Pramod Sawant, who also carries the finance portfolio, released the data on tax defaulters and evasion in response to a question by Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte.
Regular assessment of non-filers and defaulters is attempted by this division to assess and recover the dues. The assessment up to 2016-2017 has been obtained and the assessment for 2017-2018 is in progress.
The commercial tax department has enrolled 59 cases of tax evasion in the current financial year for evasion in the early financial years.
Further Notification by GST Portal
In order to regain dues and compile much-needed revenue for the state, Sawant has asked the department to specify important tax defaulters and to conduct search and seizure operations.
According to information, the number of taxpayers who did not file returns continued at 5,096 in 2017-18, but subsequently improved to 6,003 in 2019-20 and 9,459 in 2020-21.
Similarly, the number of assessed cases where tax dues were unpaid stood at 7,259 in 2017-18, rose to 8,242 in 2019-20 and has now resolved at 7,745 cases in 2020-21. As per GST norms, failure to file returns for more than six months can lead to the cancellation of the GST registration.
In January 2021, officials of the commercial tax department inaugurated action against 77 defaulting firms from whom Rs 120 crore was recoverable by way of tax, interest and penalty. The defaulting businesses were sole proprietorships, partnership firms, private companies, etc.
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