Reply To RTI Reveals Tax Evasion Of 93000 Crore

The government has detected evasion of Tax. This includes the pre-2017 central excise and service tax. This tax evasion is of Rs 93,375 crore. This has been revealed in an RTI reply, which has been answered by various regional units of the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) in major cities across India (Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh etc.). Earlier in the last six financial years, tax evasion of Rs 9,359 crore was reported by the head office of DGGI located in Delhi.

Over 7,000 notices sent to various tax defaulters Between FY 2011 and 2021, DGGI, a law enforcement agency functioning under the Union Finance Ministry, revealed the theft of Rs 93,375 crore. RTI activist Abhay Kolarlar had asked questions in this regard. They are shocked at the non-recovery of such a huge amount. He has written a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pointing out DGGI’s failure to monitor tax evasion and act against defaulters for over a decade.

What has been demanded

Kolarlar has demanded that the Finance Ministry should direct the CBIC and CBDT and their directorates to publish their annual performance reports on their website. It should also fill around 80,000 vacancies to check piracy. These include chartered accountants, cost accountants, data analysts and law graduates.

Several Suggestions Given

Emphasizing the need for reforms in the tax administration system, the activist has given some suggestions to Sitharaman for monitoring the evasion and recovery of the amount. He said the CBDT, and the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) have failed to punish the thieves by sending them to jail. Kolarkar has sought strengthening of prosecution and monitoring of cases.