Removing IPC offences from GST Act will be welcome move: Experts (21st November, 2022)

Ankur Gupta, practice leader of indirect tax at tax advisory firm SW India, said other offences may be kept under the GST Act to curb tax leakage.

The law change would help reduce harassment of businesses, experts said. “This would provide relief to taxpayers as we have seen instances where GST authorities threaten the taxpayers for invoking IPC provisions which might lead to the arrest of key personnel of the company to create undue pressure and recover tax irrespective of whether the tax exposure is on account for interpretation of the law. With this relaxation, at least the harassment would surely be reduced,” Gupta said.

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