Rumor about attachment of Property of CA/Advocate for lower GST Tax payment by client
In Budget 2021, amendment has been proposed in section 83(1) of CGST Act, 2017 regarding Provisional attachment of property in certain cases. This article aims to discuss various media reports/news & rumors regarding attachment of property of Tax Professionals (CA/advocate/Other Tax Consultants) for lower GST Tax payment by client. Let us discuss in detail about the amendment proposed in Budget 2021 regarding provisional attachment of property and its consequences on Tax Professionals like CA/Advocates etc who are involved in GST returns filing & tax compliances on behalf of clients. Screenshot of news heading of one of the leading newspaper, as circulated on social media is as follows-
Provisional attachment to protect revenue in certain cases.— Where during the pendency of any proceedings under section 62 or section 63 or section 64 or section 67 or section 73 or section 74, the Commissioner is of the opinion that for the purpose of protecting the interest of the Government revenue, it is necessary so to do, he may, by order in writing attach provisionally any property, including bank account, belonging to the taxable person in such manner as may be prescribed.
b) Section 83(1) of CGST Act,2017 : Amendment Proposed in Budget 2021
As per clause 106 of finance bill 2021, following amendment is being proposed:-
In section 83 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, for sub-section (1), the following sub-section shall be substituted, namely:––
“(1) Where, after the initiation of any proceeding under Chapter XII, Chapter XIV or Chapter XV, the Commissioner is of the opinion that for the purpose of protecting the interest of the Government revenue it is necessary so to do, he may, by order in writing, attach provisionally, any property, including bank account, belonging to the taxable person or any person specified in sub-section (1A) of section 122, in such manner as may be prescribed.”
c) Analysis of Amendment
1. Amendment seeks to provisionally attach property, including bank account of:-
2. Provisional attachment can be done for the purpose of protecting the interest of the Government revenue, after the initiation of any proceeding under:-
3. Commissioner may, by order in writing, provisionally attach the property of person specified above.
d. Period of Attachment of Property
Clause 106 of the Finance Bill, 2021 seeks to substitute sub-section (1) of section 83 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act so as to provide that provisional attachment shall remain valid for the entire period starting from the initiation of any proceeding under Chapter XII, Chapter XIV or Chapter XV till the expiry of a period of one year from the date of order made there-under.
Initiate Date: From the initiation of any proceeding under Chapter XII, Chapter XIV or Chapter XV
Valid Till: Till the expiry of a period of one year from the date of order made there-under i.e. proceeding under Chapter XII, Chapter XIV or Chapter XV
e. Person Specified under section 122(1A)
As per amendment, now any property, including bank account, belonging to the taxable person or any person specified in sub-section (1A) of section 122,can be attached provisionally.
Sub-section 1A of section 122 prescribes that penalty can levied in case of “specified offences”, on “such persons” “satisfying both the following conditions”:
f. Specified Transactions under section 122(1A)
Penalty equivalent to amount of tax evaded or ITC availed or passed on will be levied on a person committing any of the following offences. This provision will apply if such person is a beneficiary and at whose instance such transaction is conducted,
The amendment seeks to curb the malpractice of fake invoices for availing ITC/getting refund of such ITC on the basis of fake invoice. Property of Taxpayer as well other persons (may be tax professional who was involved in these type of transactions), can be provisionally attached as per amendment proposed u/s.83(1) of CGST Act. Thus, amendment has nothing to do with attachment of property of other CA/Advocates/Tax professionals, who are filing/ assisting in GST returns & compliances on behalf of clients in normal due course. Only specified persons involved in transactions as referred in section 122(1A) of CGST Act are liable for provisional attachment of property u/s.83(1).
Article contributed by: CA Sagar Gambhir | FCA, DISA (ICAI), DIRM (ICAI), B.COM
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