‘Vigorous Recovery Drive Needed Against Tax Defaulters And Evaders’

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CTD Records 26% TAX Collection Growth

JAMMU – Commercial taxes department (CTD) has realized a revenue of over Rs. 2888.61 crores during the first seven months (ending October 2012) of the current fiscal against Rs. 2280 crores  collected during the corresponding period of last financial year, marking  an increase of 26.66 %. The department has an ambitious target to earn a revenue of about Rs. 4123 crores during the current financial year, which is an all time high revenue growth.

This was stated at a six hour marathon quarterly review meeting of the Jammu Division of Commercial Taxes Department, held at Excise and Taxation Complex, Jammu today under the chairmanship of the minister for finance and Ladakh affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather.

In a presentation compiled by P. I. Khateeb, Additional Commissioner Commercial Taxes (Administration) Jammu, it was informed that the Jammu Division of Commercial Taxes department, has achieved 69.48 percent of targeted revenue in the first seven month of the current fiscal by realizing a revenue of over Rs. 2021.19 crores during the same period against a target of Rs. 2909.15 crores for the current financial year . It was stated that the department has realized an amount of Rs. 1614.64 crores on account of sales tax (VAT, GST, CST, Entry Tax) ending October  2012 against a target Rs. 2230.89 crores for the current financial year marking 72.37 percentage achievement against 60.82 percent registered during the corresponding period of last fiscal. Similarly, against a target of Rs. 670 crores  revenue on account of Motor Spirit Tax (MST) during the current fiscal about Rs. 400 crores stands realized upto October this year. Revenue realization on account of  Passenger Tax has been to the tune of Rs. 6.65 crores upto ending October 2012, against a target of Rs. 8.26 crores, marking an achievement of about 80.50 percent against 79.78 percent  during the corresponding period of last fiscal. It was informed that 1767 more dealers were registered upto ending October this year.

Speaking on the occasion Rather said that Commercial Taxes Department enjoys the premier  position as the highest tax earning department of the state adding that the state’s economic stability largely depends on the performance of the department. He directed the officers and field agencies to work with dedication and commitment as it is their paramount duty to increase the revenue by dint of their proficiency and efficiency. He urged for plugging tax pilferages effectively and enjoined for  a vigorous and sustained tax recovery drive against the willful tax defaulters. He also called for an effective monitoring mechanism to get hold of tax evaders and enjoined upon the concerned authorities to vigorously pursue the stay cases pending in the courts.

Rather also called upon the officers of the Commercial Taxes Department to set high standards in public relations while dealing with the Traders and Tax payers adding that no genuine tax payer should feel harassed, as this will not be tolerated.

The Minister laid emphasis on recovering the arrears with full might of law. He also reviewed the progress of the two committees, constituted for vigorous and effective recovery of arrears. He stressed upon the officers that their ‘performance’ shall be judged by two important indicators which include their attitude and behavior towards tax payers, which in all circumstances  should be human and dignified adding that every dealer/tax payers has to be treated with dignity and honour. Their effective contribution with regard to recovery of arrears shall be another bench mark for their performance. He told the officers that he shall again review the progress of the department in coming days with two Dy. Commissioner Commercial Taxes (Recovery) and Commercial taxes Officers

Rather appreciated the department for its overall satisfactory performance adding that there was a scope for further improvements and reforms in the tax system.

The Commissioner Commercial Taxes, Kifayat Hussain Rizvi assured the Minister that officers of CTD department would leave no stone unturned to meet the expectations of the government adding that “our efforts would not be only to achieve the assigned targets, but to surpass them”. He further added that department has an ambitious goal to achieve revenue of Rs. 3300 crores on accounts of Sales Tax/VAT, Rs.670 crores on account of MST and Rs. 1100 crores on account of Passenger Tax and about Rs. 142  crores as stamps duty during the current fiscal.

The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Commercial Taxes (Administration) Jammu, P. I. Khateeb, Dy. Commissioner Commercial Taxes (Hq) Showkat Aijaz, Dy. Commissioner Commercial Taxes, Checkpost Lakhanpur Lakhanpur Pankaj Magotra, Dy. Commissioner Commercial Taxes (V&I) Sohail Noor Shah, Dy. Commissioner Commercial Taxes (Recovery) Vivek Sharma, Dy. Commissioner Commercial Taxes (Audit) Anoo Malhotra, Dy. Commissioner Commercial Taxes (Appeals) P. K. Bhat ,Dy. Commissioner Commercial Taxes (Judicial ) Anuradha Rani and concerned CTOs of Jammu Division.

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