29.05.2024: Government to integrate data repositories to curb GST evasion, fraud

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) is mulling to merge its existing database of DG (Systems) with that of Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) in order to expand its coverage of taxpayer activities, and curb tax evasion, a senior official told FE. “The CBIC is likely to adopt GSTN as the prime database, starting the first week of June,” the official said.

At present, the common GST Portal developed by GSTN, is currently functioning as the “front-end” of the overall GST-IT ecosystem; and DG (Systems) is functioning as “back-end” that handles tax administration functions, such as refund, investigation, and adjudication by the tax officers. “From June, GSTN will function as the back-end as well,” said the official.

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