NEW DELHI: The government has ordered GST and customs officials to issue search authorisation, summons, arrest memo, inspection notices and letters issued in the course of any enquiry only with a computergenerated document identification number.
The new order applicable from Friday, comes after a similar exercise was initiated for income tax department and is being rolled out to minimise the interface between the tax-payers and the department, ensure transparency and shut out discretion on the part of tax officers. The Documentation Identification Number (DIN) system of Central Board of Indirect Taxes (CBIC) will come into operation from Friday.
“This step is to further the government’s objectives of bringing transparency and accountability in the indirect tax administration also through widespread use of information technology,” an official statement said. “From now onwards, any communication from GST or Custom or Central Excise department without a computer-generated DIN, would be treated as invalid and shall be non est in law or deemed to be as if it has never been issued,” said revenue secretary Ajay Bhusan Pandey.
“The DIN system would be extended to other communications by the end of next month. No communication would be issued without DIN except only if it is in the specified exceptional circumstances,” said Pandey. CBIC has specified that any communication issued manually under exceptional circumstances would have to be regularised on the system within 15 working days of its issue.