The Delhi Government has issued Standard operating Procedure (SOP) to ensure the compliance of Bank attachment letters under the section 46A of VAT Act, 2005 and section 83 of DGST Act, 2017. Circular No.F.3(417)/GST/Policy/2021- 22/1045-1052 is as follows-
GOVT OF NCT OF DELHI
DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND TAXES,
I.P. ESTATE NEW DELIHI-110002 (POLICY BRANCH)
Subject: Standard operating Procedure to ensure the compliance of Bank attachment letters
1. The Delhi Goods and Services Tax (DGST) came in to effect from July 1, 2017 replacing Delhi Value Added Tax, 2005. The Delhi Value Added Tax, however, continue to he applicable for Petroleum products and liquor for human consumption. Hence, VAT and GST system are running parallel in Department of Trade and Taxes, GNCTD.
2. Instances are noticed where some of the taxpayers / dealers are evading taxes or defaulting in payment of tax demand. Once it comes to the notice of Ward Officer, notices/demand for recovery of tax is issued to the taxpayers under the various provisions of the GST/VAT Act. In order to recover the tax, bank Account of the Taxpayers can be attached by the Ward Officer under the section 46A of VAT Act, 2005 and section 83 of DGST Act, 2017.
3. In the normal course of events the Ward, Officers are signing and sending the letter to the Bank Managers manually for freezing/ de-freezing of the Bank Account under the above said sections of VAT/GST Act. It has recently come to notice that, An account was de-freezed on the basis of the letter signed by the Ward In-charge, whereas it was later found that no such letters/communications was issued from the concerned Ward In-charge.
4. Hence in order to streamline the process of freezing and de-freezing the Bank Account, all ward in-charge are directed to follow the following procedure:-
i. While issuing the bank attachment letters to the Bank Manager for freezing or de-freezing the Bank account of the taxpayers, the letter shall be digitally signed by the concerned Ward Officer.
ii. The letter must indicate the name, E-mail and mobile no. of the Ward In-charge who is sending the letter.
iii. The Ward In-charge shall also send an email through his official email- 1D to the Bank Manager of the respective Bank.
iv. Before de-freezing the account the Bank Manager shall also confirm from the concerned Ward Officer for de-freezing the account. This should be specifically mentioned in the de-freezing letter issued by the Ward Incharge.
v. A utility shall be developed in the DVAT Module wherein the concerned ward-in-charge through its User ID/Password can upload the details of the taxpayer/dealer such as TIN No./GSTIN No. along with Bank Account N Bank Name, Bank Address etc. to be freezed/de-freezed. This utility may be shared with the concerned banks so that the Banks can also access the information through their User ID/Passwords.
This issues with the prior approval of Commissioner (GST/VAT).
(ANAND KUMAR TNVARI) Special Commissioner (Policy)
- Zonal Incharges
- All Ward In-charges through their special commissioners/Addl. Commissioners/Joint Commissioners.
- Senior System Analyst for uploading on the portal.
- Assistant Commissioner RR, GNCTD.
- All Legal Assistants
Copy for information:
- PS to Commissioner
- PS to Special Commissioner -V
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