New Delhi: In the last two years, GST officials have detected frauds totaling Rs 55,575 crore and detained over 700 people, an official said on Thursday.

Officials of the Directorate General of GST Intelligence discovered over 22,300 fake GST Identification Numbers (GSTINs) (DGGIs).

The government on November 9, 2020 launched a nationwide special drive against unscrupulous organizations to prevent them from fraudulently claiming and distributing Input Tax Credit (ITC) and evading Goods and Services Tax (GST).

“In two years of the special drive, GST/ITC frauds worth Rs 55,575 crore have been detected. 719 people have been arrested, including 20 CA/CS professionals.

During that time, the voluntary GST (Goods and Services Tax) contribution totaled Rs 3,050 crore. The official said a “large amount” would be recovered in these cases, but did not specify how much.

“Credible intelligence, coordination between intelligence agencies like DGGI, DRI, Income Tax, Enforcement Directorate and CBI has helped us crack down on tax evaders,” the official said.

The GST administration has implemented measures to prevent evasion, such as registration verification, requirement of e-way bill, verification for filing GST returns, and limits on the amount of ITC that can be used by enterprises for GST payment.

On July 1, 2017, a countrywide GST came into force, consisting of 13 cess along with 17 local taxes including VAT, service tax and excise duty.

“In recent years, the department has intensified action against bogus ITC claims. The steps taken by the GST authorities have definitely improved compliance and this is reflected in the monthly GST collections,” the official said.

Only April’s collection of around Rs 1.68 lakh crore was higher than the nearly Rs 1.52 lakh crore in GST revenue collected in October, the second highest ever.

For eight consecutive months, the GST collection is over Rs 1.40 lakh crore, and in the last two months it is over Rs 1.50 lakh crore.

Officials estimate that the “new normal” for monthly GST receipts would be Rs 1.50 lakh crore as a result of greater compliance and faster economic activity.

The amount of GST revenue in April was around Rs. 1.68 lakh crore, and in May Rs. 1.41 lakh crores. 1.45 lakh crores. 1.49 lakh crores. 1.44 lakh crores. 1.48 lakh crore, and in October, Rs (1.52 lakh crore).


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