Tax officials not allowed to visit shopkeepers' premises without authorisation

The Finance ministry came out with the clarification after it was reported that people posing as GST officials harassed shopkeepers

Published: 08th July 2017 03:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th July 2017 03:38 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: No tax officer has been authorised to visit premises of traders and shopkeepers without prior permission, and any deviation should be reported to a complaint helpline, the government today said.

The Finance ministry came out with a clarification after reports suggested that some unscrupulous elements posing as GST officers have tried to fleece shopkeepers and customers in the name of GST.   

The chief commissioner of GST (Delhi zone) has clarified that the tax department only wants to facilitate the process for shopkeepers and traders during the transition to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. "No officer of the department is authorised to visit the premises of traders and shopkeepers without authorisation," the ministry made it clear in a statement. It also asked anyone facing any such problem to lodge a complaint on tax department's phone line, 011-23370115.     

Separately, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched a mobile app 'GST Rates Finder'.     

The app, available on the Android platform, helps users find out rates of GST for various goods and services. It can be downloaded on any smartphone and can work in offline mode as well, once downloaded.     

"The user can determine the GST rate for a goods or a service by entering the name or the chapter heading of the commodity or service. The search result will list all the goods and services containing the name which is typed in the search box," the ministry statement added.     

The user can scroll down the list of description and when any specific item on the list is clicked, the display window pops up, containing details such as GST rate, description of goods or services and the chapter heading of the Harmonised System of Nomenclature (HSN).  

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