Complaints of obtaining registration through the wrong PAN number have been reported frequently for tax evasion. To overcome this, GST Network has started a new system. If someone's Permanent Account Number (PAN) is misused for Goods and Services Tax (GST) registration, he can complain on the GST Network.
Any person whose PAN has been misused can make a complaint about this. On receipt of the complaint, it will be sent to the concerned tax officer in whose jurisdiction the registration has been taken fraudulently.
A search mechanism has been introduced on the portal of GST to find out which GSTIN (GST Identification Number) has been issued in a particular PAN. As soon as the number of PAN is entered in this search panel, the details of GST registration taken on that PAN will be revealed. If there is no registration, the message "No record found" will appear.
AMRG & Associates Senior Partner Rajat Mohan said that there have been several cases of GST frauds where the PAN details of the taxpayer are being used to illegally obtain GST registration.
EY Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said that this measure has been taken to detect and control fake entities under GST. But the problem will increase where the person whose PAN has been misused is not aware of it because in the facility that has been started, the person himself will have to find this error and complain.