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Government approves re-organisation of field formations of CEBC to implement GST

The Union Finance Minister has approved re-organisation of field formations of the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) for the implementation of Goods & Services Tax (GST).

Under it, CBEC will be renamed as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) after getting required legislative approval.

Key Facts
  • The existing formations of Central Excise & Service Tax under the CBEC will be re-organised to implement and enforce the provisions of the proposed GST Laws.
  • The proposed CBIC will supervise the work of all its field formations and Directorates and assist the Government in policy making in relation to GST, continuing Central Excise levy & Customs functions.
  • The CBIC will have 21 Zones, 101 GST Tax payer Services Commissionerates comprising 15 sub-Commissionerates, 768 Divisions, 3969 Ranges, 49 Audit and 50 Appeals Commissionerates.
  • It will ensure rendering of taxpayer services to all the taxpayers through an indirect tax administration structure by having pan-India presence.
  • For a robust IT Network, the Directorate General of Systems under CBEC will be expanded for greater out- reach for facilitating smooth transition for the taxpayers to the GST environment.
  • The existing training establishment will be renamed as National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACITN) and shall have an all India presence.
  • It will enable capacity building to the employees of the indirect tax administration of the Centre as well as of the State Governments and also of Trade and Industry.
  • The renamed Directorate General of Goods & Service Tax Intelligence will be also strengthened and expanded to become an important wing of the Government in its fight against Tax Evasion and Black Money.


CBEC launches mobile application for GST updates

The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has launched a mobile application for Goods and Services Tax (GST) to inform the taxpayers of the latest updates on GST.

The app has been launched inline Union Government’s flagship Digital India initiative. It enables taxpayers to be well informed of the latest updates on GST.

The app host of GST information such as
  • Draft Law-Model GST Law, IGST Law and GST Compensation Law
  • Migration to GST-Approach and guidelines for migration
  • Draft Rules-Rules related to Registration, Payment, Returns, Refund and Invoice.
  • FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on GST
  • Various resources on GST such a articles, videos etc.
  • Helpdesk/Email Contact
About Central Board of Excise and Custom (CBEC)

CBEC is the nodal government agency on Indirect Taxes responsible for administering Customs, Central Excise, Service Tax and Narcotics in India. Currently it operates and functions under the aegis of the Department of Revenue of Union Ministry of Finance. It was established in 1855 by the then British Governor General of India as Customs & Central Excise department. Thus, it is one of the oldest government departments of India.


Union Government extends duty drawback facility for textiles

The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has extended duty drawback facility on all textile products for one year to boost exports.

Besides, CBEC also has increased rates in some cases for the benefit of Indian exporters.

What is duty drawback?

  • It is a refund that can be obtained when an import fee has already been paid by a business entity for a good but the good is then subsequently exported.
  • In order to obtain a duty drawback, a business does not have to have paid the import duty nor do they have had to perform the product’s exportation. But they only need to be assigned the drawback from those to whom it would typically be due.

Under the revised norms

  • Domestic textiles will attract drawback of 7.5% now as against 7.3% earlier. Thus, duty drawback benefits textile exporters will help to overcome barriers exporters face in exports.
  • Similarly, incorporation of blanket and other cotton products in this category will attract drawback rate of 8% from 7.2% earlier.

What is purpose of the duty drawback facility?

These drawback duties are aimed at giving a boost to exports of cotton textiles. It will provide adequate neutralization of incidence of duties and taxes on the export goods and make them more competitive in the international markets.