THE COMMERCIAL Tax Department has begun a statewide drive towards recovery of outstanding taxes to the tune of Rs 500 crore from November 1.
Commercial Tax Commissioner P K Das has instructed all the departmental officials to go for a planned recovery drive of outstanding taxes and a target of Rs 500 crore has been set for realisation by the end of the current financial year.
He has instructed all the divisional deputy commissioners to examine the large-scale recovery cases and monitor them on a daily basis.
The officials have been asked to send a list of persons, who are having an outstanding tax of more than Rs 5 lakh and are still continuing with the business.
To put a restriction on the growing defaults, Das has asked to cancel the registration of tax defaulters. He added that if the traders, without paying the outstanding taxes are continuing with their business, the department should go for a seizure drive of their stock inventories and also freeze their bank accounts.
The divisional deputy commissioners have also been instructed to send a daily report of recovery to the commercial tax headquarters at Indore, along with a list of cases against which status quo has been maintained.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, deputy commissioner (Region –I), Bhopal, A K Shukla, said the department has formed groups of officials who would visit the traders or firms and encourage them to issue bills against the sales made. “It has become imperative in the era of value-added tax (VAT) to issue bills to customers,” he pointed out.
In addition, Shukla said, the field officials would ask the traders to submit revenue returns, do assessments, scrutinise and provide counselling on related aspects.
The department has hired taxis for faster mobility of field officials and to bring efficacy in recovery process. “This would help our officials to go in groups for recovery and also help in expediting the recoveries in far-flung areas,” said deputy commissioner (Circle-II), Bhopal, P M Janoria.
He said the recovery drive this year, in comparison to the past, has been initiated two months before, so that targets could be met and the last-minute pressure could be avoided. “We’re preparing ward-wise lists of recovery,” he said.
The department has asked the circles to transfer revenue recovery certificates (RRCs) to other circles, so that recovery should not be affected. “When there’s a change of tehsil or district, it’s not possible to have recovery, so we transfer RRCs, so that officials of that circle could take up the matter,” added Janoria.