Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant reviewed implementation of Goods and Services (GST) and augmentation of revenue in the state at a meeting of Finance Department and Commercial Tax Department Officers at his official residence at Altinho on Monday. According to a statement, the Chief Minister reviewed the GST registrations in Goa and issued necessary instructions to all officials to start a special drive for the month of January 2020 wherein the field staff would go in the field and identify such business persons who were liable for taking GST registration, but have avoided the same and evaded tax. Such persons would be forced to take GST registration.
Dr Sawant reviewed the position of GST registrations in Goa and observed that when GST came into force with effect from July 1, 2017, there were only 23,378 registered taxable persons in Goa but by the end of the 2019, there were 40,139 registered taxable persons in Goa. He issued necessary instructions to all officials to take measures to ensure that all those who should compulsorily take registration should obtain GSTIN by filing online application and those avoiding tax should be taken to task. The Chief Minister expressed confidence that if such special drive was taken up, the total number of registered taxable persons in Goa might go up to 51,000 by end of March 2020.
Dr Sawant reviewed the strength of Commercial Tax Department and issued necessary instructions to expedite process for filling up two vacant posts of Deputy Commissioner of State tax on priority by posting suitable Officers from Goa Civil Service. He also instructed to expedite proposal for filling up about 60 vacancies of Commercial Tax Inspector/State Tax Inspector in the Department on top priority. He reviewed the overall functioning of Commercial Taxes Department and issued necessary instructions to increase the speed of disposal of old pending Appeals/litigations of Value Added Tax (VAT) regime and also recover all pending dues.