Bhubaneswar: Odisha has collected Rs 8,683.85 crore of State and Central GST during April-October, 2019 against Rs 6,675.83 crore during the corresponding period of previous year, registering a growth rate of 30.08%, which is the highest among the major States and higher than the national average growth rate of 11.53%, according to the National GST Portal. During November, the revenue under State GST recorded a growth of 38% over the corresponding month of the previous financial year.
State Commercial Tax and GST Commissioner Sushil Kumar Lohani has directed all circles of the State to ensure a cent percent return compliance. The return filing compliance of the taxpayers assigned to the State has shown marked an improvement with 83.5% of taxpayers filing return for October 2019 against 65.31% filing for October 2018.
The State CT & GST Organisation has launched a special drive against return non-filers and wrong return filers. During November 2019, more than 10,000 notices were issued against non-filers of returns. Lohani has also instructed all circles to ensure return scrutiny of all taxpayers having liability and credit mismatch and take necessary follow-up action.
To increase the taxpayer’s base, all circles have been instructed to conduct surveys of potential taxable persons, especially in the service sector. The circles have also been asked to ensure 100% post-registration enquiry of all new cases and at least 50% of registered taxpayers by March 31, 2020 without fail.
In addition, based on data analytics, strong deterrent enforcement action has been taken by way of surprise raid, search of business premises of taxpayers involved in suspected fraud and arrest of some registered taxpayers and abettors for their prima-facie involvement in tax evasion or complicity therein.