Panaji, December 31: The Goa government is slated to launch a special drive in January next year to identify GST evaders. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday chaired a meeting of Finance and Commercial Taxes departments to review implementation of the Goods and Services Tax and revenue augmentation in the coastal state.
"In the drive to be launched in January, 2020, field staff will identify those business persons who have not taken GST registration even though they are liable to do so and have evaded paying tax," the Chief Minister's Office said in a statement.
When the new tax regime came into force on July 1, 2017, there were only 23,378 registered taxable persons in Goa, as against 40,139 registered taxable persons, it said. Meanwhile CM Sawant also issued necessary instructions to all officials to take measures to ensure that all those who shoukd compulsorily take registration should obtain GSTIN by filling online application and those avoiding tax should be taken to task.
The State Commercial Tax Department administers levy and collection of tax revenue under the Goa Value Added Tax, Goa Sales Tax, Central Sales Tax, Goa Luxury Tax on residential accommodation, Goa Tax on Entry of Goods into local area and Goa Entertainment Tax Acts.
For the purpose of proper control and administration, the State of Goa has been divided into seven ward offices, namely, Panaji, Mapusa, Bicholim, Ponda, Margao, Vasco and Curchorem. The overall tax administration is controlled and monitored by its Headquarters at Panaji.