The principal chief commissioner of central taxes (Bangalore zone) AK Jyotishi has warned traders against GST evasion as the department now has technological support to detect any instances of tax evasion. Government is reportedly employing data analytics to detect defaulters. The statement was given by the commissioner at a workshop on GST organised by Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC).
Earlier, some dealers found it easy to get away with not filing GST thinking that government was using manual methods. But now that possibility is ruled out as GST authorities have switched to automatic systems. The commissioner also added that they would no longer tread slowly in taking action against defaulters as was the case earlier. Now it has been 1 year since GST has been implemented, and tax assesses have had enough time to understand the system.
The GST analytics system has already claimed its first victim. The commercial taxes department of Bengaluru recently arrested two businessmen on charges of committing fraud under the GST laws. The data analytics software (GSTPro) was used to detect this fraud after it hinted at a string of suspicious transactions involving the two businessmen. Both are from ARS Enterprises, a business which in ferrous and non-ferrous scrap n Chikkabanavara, Bengaluru.