Jammu tops list of tax collection

Jammu tops list of tax collection

25 February 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Mohinder Verma

Jammu: Jammu division tops in payment of various taxes including GST, VAT, MST, stamp, registration and property taxes. The figures presented by Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather in the State Assembly today in response to a question of NPP's Harshdev Singh revealed that Jammu division has given ' 12,4803.71 lakh more revenue in the shape of taxes realization than Kashmir valley in year 2010-2011. While in 2009-10 also ' 99228.28 lakh revenue on account of tax collection was earned more than Kashmir in Jammu region as per these figures. Likewise in Excise and Toll Taxes realization Jammu tops the figure as Rs 59495.88 lakh more revenue was realized in this region on account of these taxes than Kashmir valley in 2010-11. It also topped in the previous year when the region earned ' 50131.54 lakh more revenue than Kashmir valley, Rather revealed. Presenting the figures of tax realization during last two years in Jammu and Kashmir divisions respectively Minister informed the House, that in 2010-11 ' 19,6101.63 lakh was realized on account of GST-VAT including entry tax MST, Passenger Tax, stamp and registration duty from Jammu region, while 71397.92 lakh were realized on account of these taxes in Kashmir valley during the same year. He said in year 2009-10 ' 161176.36 lakh were realized on account of these taxes in Jammu region while ' 61946.08 were realized from Kashmir valley. Likewise Jammu tops in realization of Excise Duty, Toll Tax and entertainment duty with the region giving a revenue of ' 64517.28 lakh in 2010-11 while ' 54870.82 lakh were realized from Kashmir valley on account of Excise Duty, Toll Tax and entertainment duty for the same year, Minister said. He said in previous year also the revenue from these duties from Jammu region was 54870.82 lakh, while from Kashmir Valley it was 4739.28 lakh. The Minister said the toll taxes collected in 2010-11 was ' 30285.41 lakh while this figure was Rs 24997.36 lakh in 2009-10. Mr Rather said that there is an inbuilt foolproof mechanism envisaged in the legislations administered by the Commercial Taxes Department to check the menace of tax evasion. The Department has established check posts at various entry - exit points to regulate the trade, besides checking the attempts of any tax evasion. He said all the jurisdiction assessing authorities are vested with the powers of conducting tax audit and inspections. Besides the Department has two investigation units in two divisions headed by an officer of the rank of Additional Commissioner and two Vigilance wings in two divisions headed by two Deputy commissioners who are charged with responsibility of enroute checking, inspection of business premises and assessment etc so as to check the menace of tax evasion. The Minister said that the regular and frequent checking conducted by these two wings has effectively proved a deterrent to a large extent. A Task Force under the supervision of Deputy Excise Commissioner Executive, Jammu-Kashmir has been constituted to check the evasion of taxes, he added. Mr Rather said in 2010-11 a total number of 195 tax evasion cases were detected at Lakhanpur and ' 7.80 lakh were realized as fine from them while 174 such cases were detected in 2009-10 and ' 3.67 lakh was realized as fine from them. However, Harshdev Singh showed total dissatisfaction with the reply and stressed that it is incomplete and same be deferred. He said the reply of two parts was not given as the member wanted to know the names of tax defaulters. The Minister said that the matter is subjudice and under rules the reply can't be given.