Be soft with tax dodgers, hints CBEC
The Central Board of Excise and Customs has asked its officials to exercise caution while issuing show cause notices (SCNs) to assessees and ensure they are backed by “legal provisions”. In a communication, CBEC has said that “sometimes” notices have been issued that were legally unsustainable.
“Creating such avoidable SCNs not only does become <g data-gr-id="13">burden</g> on the government revenue, it also impacts the precious time of trade and industry as well as Appellate Authorities/<g data-gr-id="14">Courts</g>” it said. The recent instruction to Chief Commissioners of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax states that SCNs should be issued “after <g data-gr-id="15">through</g> examination and keeping in mind that grounds given in the SCNs are cogent, sustainable and backed by legal provisions and pronouncements”.
The government has been stressing upon the need to provide a non-adversarial tax administration and improve the ease of doing business in the country. In another communication, CBEC has asked Commissionerates to regularly monitor the cases where the government interest had not been adequately defended and send reports to the Board.