A case of cheating and forgery has been registered by Central Business District (CBD) police against a trader, who used forged documents to register a fake trading firm. The accused, Ajit Kamble, had uploaded fake documents to the government portal and obtained Goods and Services Tax Identification Number (GSTIN).
The state tax officer at GST office in Konkan Bhawan, Belapur, had acted on receiving a complaint and booked the suspect under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
In December 2018, Kamble had registered his firm named M/s Delman Trading Company for a GST identification number. He uploaded his photo along with the electricity bill and PAN copy of a flat owner, not known to him, in Vichumbe village, Panvel. On the No Objection Certificate (NOC) too, he attached forged signatures of the owner of the flat asserting that it was his firm’s office address and that the property owner was his brother-in-law.
The state GST commissioner had instructed tax officers to verify suspicious traders who might be registering firms online for GSTIN using forged documents. Kamble’s trading firm was one of such suspects. When the police reached the office address, they found two tenants living there but no sign of any office.
The decline in GST collection has forced the government to take strong measures against traders who are fraudulently obtaining GSTIN and then claiming tax refunds on the basis of fake GST invoices. The tax agencies are also putting in extra efforts to curb fraudulent tax evasion while also increasing ease of doing business.
Due to the ongoing concerns over the increase in cases of frauds, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was asked to set up a tasked force comprising of state and central officers to monitor cases of tax evasion and also take strict action to recover the evaded tax.