Goa told to shore up GST collection

Panaji: The central government on Friday directed the states, including Goa, to
enforce measures for shoring up goods
and service tax collection, which has been on the decline all over the country.

The principal adviser to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet
Secretary and Union revenue secretary held interaction with Chief Secretaries/additional chief
secretaries/principal secretaries/finance secretaries of the states and Union
territories through video-conferencing on Friday, reviewing the status of revenue collection
and various issues impinging upon it.

On behalf of the state government, finance secretary Daulat Hawaldar and other
officials from the finance department participated in the interaction with the
top Union government officials through the video conferencing.

Sources said the Union secretaries told the states during
the video conferencing that overall GST collection has dropped in the country,
and that the states must check whether GST returns are being filed by entrepreneurs regularly.

The states have also been asked to enforce measures to
plug any leakages so as to increase tax
collections.

Goa is facing a 26 per cent deficit in GST collection.

GST collection has dropped below Rs 1 lakh-crore mark to
Rs 91,916 crore for September, 2019 in the country.

The September collection is believed to be the lowest in
19 months.

The revenue during September, 2019 has declined by 2.67
per cent in comparison to the revenue during September 2018.

During April-September, 2019 vis-à-vis 2018, the domestic
component has grown by 7.82 per cent while the GST on imports has shown
negative growth and the total collection has grown by 4.90 per cent all over
the country.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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