CBIC clarify regarding unauthorized communication
The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) vide its Press Note dated 20th March 2021 has clarified that neither the Government nor the CBIC has issued any instruction to their field formations regarding any communication with taxpayers to discharge maximum tax liability in cash in order to ensure that targets for revenue collection from GST for the FY are met. Press Note is as follows:-
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs
New Delhi, 20th March 2021
Unconfirmed reports have appeared in certain sections of the media that some GST officers are using unauthorized communication means such as phone calls, WhatsApp, and messages asking taxpayers to discharge ‘maximum tax liability’ in ‘cash’ in order to ensure that targets for revenue collection from GST for the financial year are met.
It is to clarify that neither the Government nor the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) have issued any such instructions to their field formations. As such, taxpayers are free to utilize the Input Tax Credit available in their credit ledger, as permissible in law, to discharge their GST dues for the month of March 2021 – the last month of this financial year.