An official has reported that GST evasion detection by tax officers has almost doubled year-on-year, reaching over Rs 1.01 lakh crore during the just concluded 2022-23 fiscal year.
During the previous fiscal year, officers of the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) made a recovery of Rs 21,000 crore.
The government is taking measures to enhance compliance and has been utilizing data analytics and human intelligence to identify fraudulent activities, according to the official.
The DGGI officers have detected evasion amounting to Rs 1,01,300 crore during the 2022-23 period, with a recovery of Rs 21,000 crore, the official told PTI.
During 2021-22, DGGI, which is the investigative agency under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, detected evasion worth over Rs 54,000 crore and made a tax recovery of over Rs 21,000 crore.
The total number of Goods and Services Tax (GST) evasion cases has increased this fiscal year, with approximately 14,000 cases detected in 2022-23, up from 12,574 cases in 2021-22 and 12,596 cases in 2020-21.
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Fraudsters have employed various methods, including the undervaluation of taxable goods and services to make short payments of tax, incorrect utilization of exemption notifications and input tax credit, avoidance of tax on the supply of taxable goods and services through clandestine removal, and acquiring input tax credit fraudulently by utilizing invoices from bogus companies.
Last month, the Finance Ministry responded to the Lok Sabha, stating that the total GST evasion detected from July 2017 to February 2023 was nearly Rs 3.08 lakh crore, of which over Rs 1.03 lakh crore was recovered. Over the last five and a half years until February 2023, GST authorities had apprehended 1,402 individuals for tax evasion.
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