collection, contrary to the fact that it has been benign for most months in 2018-19, has been in full swing in the month of March, officials say. Those involved in the process of ensuring revenue targets are met, are putting extra hours to clock the Rs 5.04 trillion figure for Central
In that respect, union finance ministry officials said that reports have been shared with field offices on the pockets where the shortfall in payment of GST
has been observed in GST Network
“Data with specific details on the places where revenue shortfall is happening, and taxpayers whose GST arrears for previous months have accumulated has been shared with states weeks ago,” says a senior official in the finance ministry.
States which are using this data to communicate, send notices to, and follow them up with businesses said that they are seeing improved compliance in March. Taxpayers who have not paid their GST for any of the previous months are paying them off due to the increased thrust on follow up, some state GST officials told Business Standard
But the last weekend of March is no different from the last few weeks, said a state official in charge of GST revenue
collection in a state in north India. He said that his department has been on a fast-track mode since the beginning of March.
“As a result of improved thrust on communication and follow-up, we are seeing the revenue collection climb up fast along the month (March). From the trend, it seems that the overall GST revenue
for March can cross the Rs 1 trillion mark,” he said.
However, another state GST official said that the department is not working round-the-clock, or till midnight, contrary to the popularly held notion.
“We have certainly been working for longer hours this month, but we are not working round the clock. We come early, and leave a little later than what we do in the normal scheme of things,“ he said.
The central government revised its revenue expectation from GST, reducing it by Rs 1 trillion, in the Budget.