Leading over all states and Union Territories of the country, Chandigarh ranked first in the country in the Goods and Service Tax (GST) collections by registering 89.67% filing of GST returns in the first six months of the current financial year, from April 1 till September 30. In a first-of-its-kind achievement since the launch of GST in 2017, Chandigarh posted record filing of returns to top the chart in the first half of 2019-20 fiscal, leaving behind Punjab, Gujarat, and Haryana, which rank 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively, while the national average is estimated at 80.1%.
According to the records, Chandigarh has around 30,000 GST number holders from different segments, but automobile industry, screw manufacturers, sanitaryware manufacturers, electronics and hotels are the core areas from where the UT gets maximum GST revenue. Out of these 30,000 registered GST entities, 18,000 are come under the purview of the excise and taxation department of the Chandigarh administration, while the remaining 12,000 are under the central government. As per the records, in the first six months of the current financial year, recovery of GST under Chandigarh administration is estimated at 94.70%, while for the Centre, the figure stands at 84.64%, which together work out to an average of 89.67%.
“Different teams of the department have been working rigorously to ensure maximum (GST) recovery. Besides the major manufacturers, automobile industry and other major players, we keep a constant check on the small businessmen as well. Consistent check on bogus firms also played a vital role in nailing down the tax evaders and we have taken strict action against them,” said a senior officer monitoring the exercise. “We have not been giving registration number to just any company or business entity without making a spot visit to ensure it exists. Moreover, the E-Way billing system, which recently started, has brought a drastic change and its report plays a crucial role in catching the tax evaders.