Tax evasion on the rise: GST department to be reorganized | Income Tax Fraud

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Thiruvananthapuram: The government has finally decided to completely reorganize the state GST department. Though the GST was considered when it was implemented and announced in the last budget, it was delayed for various reasons. The Finance Ministry has given permission for the reorganization in view of the growing tax evasion and the fact that the government’s tax revenue has not kept pace with expectations. The cabinet will also give its approval soon.

As part of the reorganization, a new audit division will be formed and 750 officers will be deployed in it. Priority will also be given to the intelligence sector. According to the Finance Ministry, one of the reasons for the non – increase in GST revenue is tax evasion. Auditing will be given more importance to detect leaks.

New officers in the audit department will be trained to audit GST returns. Thus tax evasion and arrears can be found. Squads will strengthen the intelligence system instead of chasing vehicles. Clear checks on the e-way bill will also prevent hacking.

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