Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The Central Excise and Service Tax Commissionerate of Mangalore has found that the evasion of Central excise duty and service tax by assessees under its limits has gone up in this financial year, according to John Joseph, Commissioner of Central Excise and Customs, Mangalore.

The officials will take tough measures against evaders of the Central Excise duty and Service Tax, he said.

He said that officials found that the assessees evaded Rs. 18 crore in service tax from April to January in this financial year (2006-07). This was six times more than the evasion of service tax found in the entire financial year of 2005-06, he said.

In 2005-06 service tax evasion was found to be approximately Rs. 3.5 crore. Mr. Joseph said that the Central excise duty evaded till January in this financial year was found to be Rs. 85 lakh. This was Rs. 15 lakh in 2005-06.

The officials have recovered the duty and the tax evaded from the assessees concerned.

Reasons

The evasion might have been done intentionally or due to lack of awareness about the provisions or due to misguidance, he said.

Mr. Joseph said that the commissionerate collected the Central excise duty of Rs. 3,220.89 crore and service tax of Rs. 123.93 crore from April 2006 to January 2007.

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