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CBIC Directs Officials To Not Force Taxpayers To Pay Tax During Search

The move is significant as there were increasing instances of complaints against GST officials using force or coercive measures to get recovery of unpaid taxes during raids and searches

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The Central Board of Indirect Taxes (CBIC) on Thursday directed its field formations that recovery of tax dues should be made following the due legal process after issuance of adjudication order and not during searches.

The move is aimed to curb instances of use of force or coercion during a search. CBIC directed that if any complaint is received from a taxpayer regarding use of force or coercion by any of their officers for getting the amount deposited during search or inspection or investigation, it has to be enquired at the earliest. 

As per the law no recovery can be made unless the amount becomes payable in pursuance of an order passed by the adjudicating authority.

The move is significant as there were increasing instances of complaints against GST officials using force or coercive measures to get recovery of unpaid taxes during raids and searches.