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New Delhi, July 17, 2013(Agencies): Expressing confidence that the government will meet the revenue collection targets for the current fiscal, Chidambaram warned that “non-filers”, those who do not pay taxes, and “stop filers”, those who used to pay taxes but have stopped, will be targeted.

"The government is taking steps to address manpower issues with a proposal for cadre restructuring of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) to be taken up in the Cabinet soon. The government has to fill almost 700 vacancies above the assistant commissioner level in CBEC" The Finance Minister P Chidambaram said at a press briefing.

“The government is taking steps to address manpower issues with a proposal for cadre restructuring of the Central Board of Excise and customs (CBEC) to be taken up in the Cabinet soon. The government has to fill almost 700 vacancies above the assistant commissioner level in CBEC” The finance Minister P Chidambaram said at a press briefing.

“In service tax, the number of non-filers and stop filers is exceeding Rs.12 lakh. We are going to target them,” he said.
Of the indirect tax target of Rs.5.63 trillion for 2013-14, more than Rs.1.80 trillion has to come from service tax collections.

Given the lukewarm response to the service tax voluntary compliance encouragement scheme in this year’s budget, the Finance Minister said the tax department would run an awareness campaign to encourage assessees to take advantage of it.
Under the scheme, any service provider who has not paid service tax dues can do so without having to pay interest and penalty.

The government will shortly issue a list of frequently asked questions to provide clarity about the scheme, he said.

The government is taking steps to address manpower issues with a proposal for cadre restructuring of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) to be taken up in the Cabinet soon. The government has to fill almost 700 vacancies above the assistant commissioner level in CBEC” The Finance Minister P Chidambaram said at a press briefing after meeting the chief commissioners and directors general of customs, central excise and service tax.

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