IEP Chandigarh, April 13
Punjab Finance, Planning, Programme Implementation, Excise and Taxation Minister Advocate Harpal Singh Cheema on Thursday launched the State Intelligence and Preventive Unit (SIPU), and GST Prime, an analytical tool for state GST officers to analyse and monitor the tax collection and compliance in their jurisdiction.Addressing the launch event held here at Punjab Bhawan, Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema said that the existing 7 mobile wings of the Taxation department at Amritsar, Bathinda, Fazilka, Shambu in Patiala, Ludhiana and Jalandhar have been now converted to State Intelligence and Preventive Units (SIPUs) besides creating 3 new SIPUs. “The three new SIPUs will be at Madhopur in Pathankot, Mohali and Central Unit at Head Office, Patiala. The Central Unit and SIPUs will work directly in coordination with Tax Intelligence Unit, Patiala”, he added.Highlighting the key features of GST Prime, the Finance Minister said that this portal wouldl result in better tax monitoring by tax officials and enhanced compliance by the taxpayers. He said the system caters to the requirements of the field level offices and enforcement & intelligence offices to identify the defaulters and tax evaders. The system acts as an interface between GST Common Portal and E-way Bill Systems and tax administrators, he added.The Finance Minister said that these initiatives of the Taxation department have been aimed at effective Tax compliance, identification of Top defaulters, keeping tax payer details at finger tips and identification of tax payers for audit and Inspection to detect frauds.Prominent amongst others, Vikas Partap, Financial Commissioner Taxation, Kamal Kishore Yadav, Taxation Commissioner, Viraj S. Tidke, Additional Commissioner -1, Ravneet Khurana, Additional Commissioner Audit were also present on this occasion.
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