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Goa government to hold special drive in January against GST evaders

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Panaji: Goa government will hold special drive in the month of January 2020 to crack down on the businessmen in the State who are evading Goods and Service Tax registration, Chief Minister’s Office said.

Chief Minister Pramod  Sawant on Monday chaired the meeting of government officers from State Finance and Commercial Taxes departments to review the work of GST implementation and revenue augmentation in Goa.

“CM reviewed the GST registrations in Goa and issued necessary instructions to all Officials to start a special drive for the month of January 2020 wherein the field staff will go in the field and identify such business persons who were liable for taking GST registration, but have avoided the same and evaded tax,” the Chief Minister’s Office said adding that such persons will be forced to take GST registration.

During the meeting, Sawant also reviewed the position of GST registrations in Goa and observed that when the new tax regime came into force on July 01, 2017   there were only 23,378 registered taxable persons in Goa.

“But as on today, there are 40,139 registered taxable persons in Goa. CM  issued necessary instructions to all Officials to take measures to ensure that all those who should compulsorily take registration should obtain GSTIN by filing online application and those avoiding tax should be taken to task,” the CMO said.

CM expressed confidence that if such special drive is taken up, the total number of registered taxable persons in Goa may go up to 51000 by end of March 2020.

The issue of filing up vacancies in Commercial Tax Department was also discussed during the meeting.

“CM reviewed the strength of Commercial Tax Department and issued necessary instructions to expedite process for filling up two vacant posts of Deputy Commissioner of State tax on priority by posting suitable Officers from Goa Civil Service,” the CMO said.

Sawant also instructed to expedite proposal for filling up about 60 vacancies of Commercial Tax Inspector/State Tax Inspector in the Department on top priority.

“CM reviewed the overall functioning of Commercial Taxes Department and issued necessary instructions to increase the speed of disposal of old pending Appeals/litigations of Value Added Tax (VAT) regime and also recover all pending dues.”

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