STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 28th Feb: The Department of Taxes, Government of Manipur has been able to collect around Rs 550 crore as fine from shop keepers and business establishments who have not filed their income tax return and evaded GST, informed tax commissioner Rishikesh Modak.
Addressing media persons at tax department office located at North AOC here on Wednesday, Rishikesh Modak informed that for the financial year 2016-17, the taxes department was able to collect Rs 500 crore as fine from business establishments for failing to file their income tax returns.
However, for this financial year, the department has been able to collect a total of Rs 550 crore as fine till date.
He further informed that with the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST), the department has been able to collect a total of Rs 54 crore on a monthly basis during the last three months.
With the implementation of GST in the state, an enforcement team led by the deputy commissioner was formed on January 30 last.
The team has started conducting surprise check in shops, business establishments and trucks plying along the National Highways to ascertain whether taxes are being regularly paid under GST or whether they possess the GST invoice, etc.
As a result of the inspection, the department has been able to increase the number of those filing income tax returns.
The department on its part has also made advertisement for people to file income tax in addition to providing free registration and helping the public in filing their income tax returns.
Out of the total 2000 business establishment in Imphal area, 1200 were found to have not registered and evading taxes.
Nevertheless, the number of registered shops and business establishments and filing of income tax returns has increased with the enforcement team carrying out the drive, he added.
The commissioner further informed that as a penalty, certain business establishments which failed to pay taxes under GST have been sealed.