Tax evasion stopped by giving technical training to officers- Finance Minister

Navi Mumbai : Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday in Navi Mumbai stressed that tax officials need to be trained with modern technology tools to prevent revenue leakage. He inaugurated ‘Central GST Complex’, a residential project constructed at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai for officers and employees working in the Central Goods and Services Tax Department of Mumbai region under the jurisdiction of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs.

Tax officers need advanced training to detect frauds like tax evasion and such training programs will soon be implemented in different parts of the country. Sitharaman expressed the need for better use of artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and other such advanced technologies to detect incidents like tax evasion. He said the responsibility of training could be entrusted to leading companies in the technology sector and discussions have also been held with Union Revenue Secretary Tarun Bajaj and Central Board of Indirect Taxes (CBIC) Chairman Vivek Johri. He expressed confidence that this would also help in reducing the stress in the daily work of the employees of the Revenue Department.

Talking about the performance of CBIC, Sitharaman said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appreciated the increasing revenue of Goods and Services Tax. This proves that government organizations can also perform well in the competition of the private sector. He appealed that the tax authorities should therefore try to get more revenue.

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