Etwa, which is supporting the Bharat Bandh of traders, will also block the country. Finance Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) PC Modi and Chairman of Central Indirect Tax Board (CBIC) M. Ajit Kumar were also present in the meeting. On behalf of the traders, CAT’s National General Secretary Pravin Khandelwal, Etwa chairman Pradeep Singhal and CAT GST Committee Chairman Poonam Joshi attended. The delegation also submitted a memorandum to the officials of the Finance Ministry on the problems of traders and transporters related to the GST and working style of tax administration across the country. The next meeting between the central government and businessmen will be held in the first week of March.
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Gujarat incident mentioned in the meeting, action will be taken against the culprits
In the meeting between the central government and the traders and transporters, the arbitrariness of the GST officer of Gujarat was also mentioned. Pravin Khandelwal demanded the Finance Secretary to take action against the convict. In fact, in Vapi, Gujarat, GST officers beat up traders, which the traders termed as violation of boundaries. However, CBIC President M. Ajit Kumar told the traders that this morning they have sought a report of this incident from DGGI, Surat. He said that strict action will be taken against the guilty officers. Also clarified that the central government will not tolerate the harassment of traders or any kind of mistreatment of them.
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Narendra Modi government will deal strictly on tax evasion
In this meeting between the Finance Ministry and traders, both sides agreed that strict legal action will be taken against those who are flouting the law and stealing tax through fake bills. On the tax evaders, Kat bluntly said that such people are nothing less than Satan for honest businessmen. Unfortunately, those who steal tax are outside the tax net of the government. The business has to bear the brunt of those who are registered under GST. Such merchants do not get timely refunds. They do not get input credit in many cases, due to which they are harassed and their capital is also stuck with the revenue department.
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Traders brought center’s attention to many issues
Merchants, referring to their problems in front of the Finance Ministry officials, said that many types of data are sought from them on the coming day. Not only this, they are constantly facing various administrative hurdles. Due to discrepancies in GST slabs, their tax payment is always more than the liability payable. Especially in cases where the tax rate of raw materials is higher than that of finished goods, there are more problems. During the discussion, the traders also mentioned the problems of the e-way bill.
Action will also be taken against big businessmen stealing tax
The central government will not take any leniency for those who take input tax credit through tax evasion and fake invoices across the country. Expressing concern in the meeting, the officials clearly said that cases of fake bill of revenue worth thousands of crores are going ahead rapidly. Such unscrupulous people are making the business of honest traders non-competitive. Tax evaders are cheating the nation. The government will continue the campaign to bring such big fish under the purview of the law. Traders suggested that a working group of tax officers and CAT leaders should be formed at the district level. This working group should help in the implementation of GST and overcome the problems of traders and work on increasing the tax scope at the district level itself.