Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) in a release issued on Thursday, has sought clarifications from various State Government Departments on the levy of taxes imposed on certain items.
ACAUT in the release stated that with the coming of Nagaland GST Act, 2017, in Section 173, it clearly states that Municipality taxes, “shall stand annulled” and in other cases subsumed.
It added, “There may be a provision of octroi for Municipality to tax, however, the Rs. 2.50 tax per bag of cement in spite of the GST bill along with the e-way bill is questionable”.
In this regard, ACAUT has also sought clarification from Dimapur Municipal Council on the construction material and questioned under what specific approval with which notification this tax is being levied.
ACAUT has also come down heavily on the Forest Department and Geology and Mining Department for collecting royalty taxes on minerals produced from other states.
ACAUT not only termed it as double taxation but also alleged that the legality of the true sense of royalty tax has been compromised as Royalty Tax is not inter-chargeable between two states.
The ACAUT has sought clarification and requested the concern departments to rectify the matter at the earliest.
Meanwhile, ACAUT has extended its full support and co-operation to the Public Action Committee of Naga Council, to see that the public resolution of “one government one tax” is realized.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-09-20 3:28 PM