new Delhi. Inaugurating the platform on transparent taxation – Honor of Honest through video conferencing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that now the tax system in the country is becoming faceless, it is a step of fairness and trust for the taxpayer. Modi announced that the facility of face-to-face appeals (taxless appeals) in tax matters will be available to citizens across the country from 25th September i.e. Deen Dayal Upadhyay's birthday.
PM Modi said that it is our effort that our tax system should be seamless, painless and faceless. Seamless means that the tax administration should work to solve the problem instead of confusing every taxpayer. Everything from painless to technology to rules should be easy. Along with the complexities of the procedures, tax has also been reduced in the country. Tax is now zero on income of 5 lakh rupees. The tax has also come down in the remaining slabs. We are one of the lowest tax consuming countries in the world in terms of corporate tax. So far it has happened that the tax department of the city where we live handles all the things related to our tax. Be it scrutiny, notice, survey or seizure, the Income Tax Department of the same city plays the main role of Income Tax Officer.
The taxpayer is now assured of fair, courteous and rational behavior. That is, the income tax department now has to take care of the taxpayer's honor with sensitivity.
PM Modi said that now the trust of taxpayer will have to be believed, the department cannot see it without any doubt without any basis. Out of all the tax returns in the year 2012-13, scrutiny of 0.94 per cent was done. In the year 2018-19, this figure has come down to 0.26 percent. That is, the scrutiny of the case has reduced by almost 4 times. Scrutiny reduced by 4 times, telling itself how wide the change is.
The Prime Minister said that in the last 6 years India has seen a new model of governance developing in tax administration. Amidst all these efforts, the number of people filing income tax returns has increased by about two and a half crores in the last 6-7 years. But it is also true that in a country of 130 crores it is still very less. In such a large country only one and a half crore companions collect income tax. Those who are able to pay tax, but they are not in the tax net yet, they should come forward with self-motivation, this is my request and hope. Let us prove the resolve of the new India, self-reliant India, respecting the spirit of the platform of trust, of rights, of obligations.
The Prime Minister said that the honest taxpayer of the country plays a huge role in nation building, when the life of the honest taxpayer of the country becomes easy, if he moves forward, then the country also develops. New systems, new facilities starting from today, strengthen our commitment to minimum government, effective governance, this is a big step towards reducing the interference of government in the lives of our countrymen. At least there should be a law, if the law is very clear then the tax payer is also happy, this work has been done for some time.
This post was published on August 13, 2020 1:01 pm
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