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CBIC cautions against coercive tax collection during searches

The experience of the taxpayers is that many officers do not follow the CBIC instructions in tax collection or enforcement matters and do subject the taxpayers to unnecessary harassment

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TNC Rajagopalan

In a strongly worded instruction, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) wing of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has warned its officers of disciplinary action if they use force and coercion for recovery of tax or deposit of tax during the course of search, inspection, or investigation.

The trade has welcomed the CBIC clarification that no recovery can be made unless the amount becomes payable in pursuance of an order passed by the adjudication authority or otherwise becomes payable under the provisions of the CGST Act and the rules made thereunder. However, seasoned practitioners and a large
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First Published: May 30 2022 | 1:50 AM IST

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