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The Union budget for FY 2022-23 seems to announce the procedure to reduce the tax litigation, increase compliance by keeping an eye on the transactions in a strict way and work towards the goal of bringing more firms into the fold of the formal sector.

The purpose is to make tax compliance easier and make the council get much more information concerned to the transactions while performing the voluntary compliance. The income tax department has been encouraging digital payments and has gradually expanded the levy of taxes to be collected or debited at source to track transactions in the economy.

Budget 2022 aims to reduce Litigation and Increase Compliance

As of 16 Dec, the centre's net direct tax collected was Rs 9.45 trillion, a straight surge of 60.8% from the former year and 40% with respect to the similar period of covid-19 FY20. Rs 1.3 trillion was the GST collection in the period of October, November, and December. The tax buoyancy renders the correctness of the compliance enforcement, followed by the effective nominal GDP rise.

India's tax-GDP ratio is around 10% compared to 25-26% in the case of some of the developed economies.

What are the Highlights of Pre-budget Consultation?

  • Need for easing rules on deposits needed to file appeals in GST disputes and to make clarifications on GST registration related matters.
  • To allow the use of tax credits for deposit of full amount of admitted liability and a fraction of the disputed tax liability at the time of filing appeals.
  • Clarifications on norms relating to the cancellation of GST registration. Rules say that GST registration can be canceled for not filing returns for six months continuously. This was relevant when returns were filed only monthly, but now, a scheme allows quarterly return filing with monthly tax payments and requires an amendment. In the case of small taxpayers registered for the composition scheme too, now periodicity of return filing has changed from quarterly to annual, and only tax is paid quarterly.
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