Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise & Customs
North Block, New Delhi – 110 001
Tel. : +91-11-23092849, Fax : +91-11-23092890
Dated 15th December, 2017
In the 9th December, 2017 meeting convened by the Finance Secretary, the main issues stressed upon were-(i) completion of division of tax payers which is yet to be completed in some zones (ii) review of revenue vis-s-vis last year and this year’s trend post GST and (iii) the need for proper verification of claims of transitional credit. I would request you to make all-out efforts to complete the exercise on division of taxpayers at the earliest. Sending out notices to those assessees under your jurisdiction who have failed to file their returns as per schedule may also be considered.
Since the roll out of GST on 1st July 2017, there have been 5 GST Council meetings. A number of changes have emanated from these meetings like changes in rates, procedures, date for filing returns and the like. In this scenario, updating oneself and the trade and consumers of the recent changes is of vital importance. Further, DG NACIN is being asked to hold refresher training which may be of use to all field officers especially those who are with the GST Seva Kendras. The concerned Commissioners can take stock and nominate suitable officers who may be more in need of this training.
There is also a need to have ongoing, continued publicity and dissemination of information on GST which is both trade and consumer centric. While spreading awareness amongst the assessees, it is also very important to have a well-informed consumer. It is only then that the core purpose of GST is achieved. I would therefore request you to continue to spread awareness through various outreach programmes undertaken by your respective zones.
The 24th GST Council meeting with a brief agenda is proposed to be held by video conference on the 16th December 2017.
with warm wishes,
(Vanaja N. Sarna)
All officers and staff of Central Board of Excise and Customs