Since the implementation of Goods and Services Tax, a total of 9385 cases of tax fraud involving the amount of ₹ 45,682.83 crores has been detected by the tax authorities. Out of these, 1,593 cases involving an amount of ₹ 6520.40 crores have been detected in April-June at the beginning of this year.
When asked about the tax frauds under GST, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said tax fraud worth ₹ 37,946.41 crores was detected in 7368 cases in 2018-19.
In 2018-19, ₹ 11,251 crores worth cases of tax credit availed by the issue of fake invoices were detected by the tax authorities and ₹ 2,805 crores in April-June of the current fiscal, he further added.
In the first year of its implementation, only 5 cases of tax credit availed by fake invoicing were detected by Central GST formations. This involved an amount of ₹ 12.67 crores and two persons were arrested.
The government said it has taken various measures to curtail these types of fraud.
“Field formation(s) of CBIC, are sensitized to keep a check on these kinds of activities and take necessary action. A specialized Directorate within the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) engaged in Data Analytics & Risk Management disseminates analytical reports and intelligence inputs to field formations of CBIC for the purpose of scrutiny, audit, and enforcement, to check GST evasion in general and fraudulent credit availment in particular,” Thakur said in his reply.
In 2018-19, 1,620 cases of fake invoicing were detected involving ₹ 11,251.23 crores, and 154 persons were arrested. Between April-June of 2019-20, 666 cases of fake invoicing were detected and the amount involved stood at ₹ 2,804.98 crore. A total of 41 persons were arrested.
In his reply to a query on tax fraud cases, Thakur said 424 cases involving Rs 1,216 crore were detected between July-March period of 2017-18. Another 7,368 cases involving ₹ 37,946.41 crores were detected in 2018-19 and 1,593 cases of ₹ 6,520.40 crores were detected in April-June of 2019-20.