M. Ajit Kumar, Chairman Of CBIC has said that With due dates for filing of GSTR-3B fast approaching, I am sure that those of you on the GST side, would be in touch with the tax payers. Polite reminders would help their timely contribution to nation building by enabling the government to achieve its fiscal targets on time. Full text of his communication is as follows:-
M. Ajit Kumar
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Tel. No. : +91-11-23092849, Fax No. : +91-11-23092890
E-mail : [email protected]
Dated: 16th March, 2020
The 39th GST Council Meeting was held on 14th March, 2020 at Delhi under the Chairpersonship of the Hon’ble Union Finance Minister. I trust that by now you would have perused the Press Releases issued after the meeting communicating the gist of the decisions taken. The major takeaways from the meeting were certain taxpayer friendly initiatives regarding returns, interest provisions, waiver of late fees, etc. all of which are intended to reduce any hardship for taxpayers and encourage voluntary compliance. Please go through the instructions, notifications and amendments which would be issued to give effect to these decisions and ensure that these are strictly adhered to.
Some of the Hon’ble Members of the Council desired a discussion on the performance of the States and the Centre to enable exchange of best practices. I had in my previous letter alluded to such a possibility. I am sure that you would have examined this issue and would continue to take proactive steps towards this end.
With due dates for filing of GSTR-3B fast approaching, I am sure that those of you on the GST side, would be in touch with the tax payers. Polite reminders would help their timely contribution to nation building by enabling the government to achieve its fiscal targets on time. On the Customs side, deferred duty payments by AEOs would also be coming up this month and a gentle reminder would be helpful. I had last week desired that all BEs and SBs be cleared daily without leaving room for any pendency. Timely clearance will not only help in getting revenue on time but would also be a measure of trade facilitation for the trade and industry in the present scenario.
As you are aware, the APAR cycle of 2018-19 was to have been closed by 31.12.2019. However, some reports are still pending completion on Sparrow. DGHRD has circulated the zone / directorate – wise breakup and this has also been made available on their website. If you have still to report or review an APAR I urge you to do so urgently so that all APARs can be finally closed well before the commencement of the APAR cycle for 2019 -20. This would also benefit officers with the availability of complete APARs during DPCs that would come up soon.
Goa Customs deserves our compliments for actively participating in the final of a national-level Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX-2020) on 6th March, 2020, which was coordinated by the Indian Coast Guard at Vasco, Goa.
The Chennai Customs Zone also needs to be congratulated for a series of seizures of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. 11.68 Kgs of Opium, 4.78 kg of Pseudoephedrine, 8 bundles of dried leaves suspected to be %hat leaves (Catha Edulis)’, a stimulant drug which is prohibited under NDPS Act, 384 grams of MDMA a narcotics drug, were seized from courier warehouses and at the Foreign Post Office. Arrests have also been made of some of those involved. Congratulations to Shri Rajan Chaudhary, Commissioner Customs, and his team of officers. It is also a pointer to the use of the postal / courier modes for the smuggling of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. There is a need to sensitize our officers elsewhere in this regard.
With just a couple of weeks to wrap up the Financial year, all our efforts should have a singular focus on achieving the revenue target in a judicious manner. More so as the return filing period commences during this week.
(M. Ajit Kumar)
All Officers and Staff of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs