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India Intensifies Service Tax Avoidance Crackdown

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

29 April 2013


The Indian Government has attributed an increase in the number of service tax evasion cases to its intensified crackdown program.

Answering questions in parliament, the Minister of State for Finance, Namo Narain Meena, said that over 9,600 cases were detected in the period down to January 2013, involving INR203.35bn (USD3.74bn). This is up from the 8,399 cases recorded in the 2010-11 financial year, and the 8,710 cases seen in 2011-12.

Meena explained that the Government has undertaken a number of preventative initiatives. These include employing field officers to conduct surveys, booking cases against unregistered service providers and obtaining information from other Government agencies and departments. An extensive publicity campaign has also been launched regarding service tax liability.

TAGS: compliance | Finance | tax | tax compliance | India | tax avoidance | services

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