February 25, 2023
Pranjal Gupta

GSTN Under the Scrutiny for Tax Evasion, Says CBEC

The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has been under scrutiny for tax evasion, according to the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). The GSTN is the IT backbone of the GST system, and it is responsible for processing and reconciling invoices and returns for all registered taxpayers.

The CBEC suspects that some taxpayers have been using the GSTN to evade taxes by under-reporting their sales and purchases. The CBEC has initiated an investigation into the matter and has asked the GSTN to provide data on all transactions since the implementation of the GST on July 1, 2017.

The investigation is ongoing, and the CBEC has not yet released any findings. However, the scrutiny of the GSTN has raised concerns among taxpayers, who fear that they may be targeted unfairly.

Getting GST-Ready Before July 1

If you are a small or medium business owner or a startup founder in India, it is essential to get GST-ready before July 1st. The GST is a comprehensive tax reform that will replace all indirect taxes levied on goods and services by the central and state governments.

Here are some tips to help you get GST-ready:

  1. Register for GST - All businesses with a turnover of over Rs 20 lakhs are required to register for GST. If your turnover is below Rs 20 lakhs, you can still register voluntarily.
  2. Get a GSTIN - Once you have registered for GST, you will receive a GST identification number (GSTIN). This 15-digit number is unique to your business and is required for all GST-related transactions.
  3. Know the GST Rates - The GST is levied at different rates depending on the type of goods or services. It is essential to know the GST rates for your business to ensure compliance.
  4. Get GST Software - To manage and file your GST returns, you will need GST software. There are several GST software providers in India, and you can choose the one that best fits your needs.
  5. File your GST Returns - GST returns are filed online through the GSTN. You will need to file your returns monthly or quarterly, depending on your turnover.


The GSTN is under scrutiny for tax evasion, but the investigation is ongoing, and no findings have been released yet. As a business owner, it is essential to get GST-ready before July 1st to ensure compliance with the new tax regime. Register for GST, get a GSTIN, know the GST rates, get GST software, and file your GST returns on time. By doing so, you can avoid any penalties and ensure that your business runs smoothly under the new GST regime.


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