Odisha GST Collection sees Positive Upturn after Dull First Quarter

GST collection in Odisha has finally witnessed a positive growth as per year-on-year estimates, reveals the GST data released for July. Collections this year have been subpar at best due to frequent imposition of lockdowns and an embargo on free movement and trade. Revenues had started plummeting after the nationwide lockdown in March and have since remained abysmally low.

Sushil Kumar Lohani, Commissioner of Commercial Tax and GST said that Odisha has registered a 13.04% Y-o-Y growth by collecting ₹794.02 crores, compared to ₹702.44 crores for the same period (July), last year. He attributed the surprise performance to better vigilance and regular persuasion by on-field officers, pinpointed data analytics by the Office of the Commissioner for CT and GST, and better performance of the mining sector in the state.

The huge revenue deficit that arose due to the shortfall in collections had compelled Odisha to consider borrowing from the Centre. As the trend has been reversed, Lohani said that all efforts will be concentrated on maintaining the positive cash flow and recover the losses to the maximum extent possible. Field officers have been instructed to focus on the collection of arrear revenue under various heads of the pre-ST regime. By means of data analytics, they have also been encouraged to detect instances of tax evasion and suppression so that the appropriate dues may be recovered at the earliest.

“The potential sources of revenue leakages should be plugged with a special focus on the detection of tax frauds. The tax officers have been advised to complete all the adjudications in time and dispose of appeal and revision cases promptly to facilitate revenue collection,” Lohani said.

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