CBIC instruct GST Officers not to ask for Cash Payment from Taxpayers
CBIC issued Press Note regarding payment of GST dues during March 2021. This press note came when GST Officers were using pressure tactics on taxpayers to pay in cash. As the 20th March deadline for GST payments nears, GST authorities are pressuring taxpayers to pay their “maximum tax liability” in ‘cash’.
According to tax experts and chartered accountants. GST officers are using unauthorised communication means such as phone calls, whatsApp and messages (which are banned by the tax department) to demand that taxpayers deposit ‘maximum tax liability’ in ‘cash’ without quoting the mandatory Document Identification Number.
Press Note issued by CBIC regarding payment of GST dues during March 2021
Unconfirmed reports have appeared in certain sections of the media that some GST officers are using unauthorised communication means such as phone calls, WhatsApp and messages asking taxpayers to discharge ‘maximum tax liability’ in ‘cash’ in order to ensure that targets for revenue collection from GST for the financial year are met.
It is to clarify that neither the Government nor the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) have issued any such instructions to their field formations. As such, taxpayers are free to utilise the Input Tax Credit available in their credit ledger, as permissible in law, to discharge their GST dues for the month of March, 2021 – the last month of this financial year.
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