“Taxpayers’ charter is a big step in the development journey of the nation. It is a step towards bringing together rights and duties of the taxpayer and fixing the government’s responsibilities towards the taxpayer,”
PM Modi said while launching the platform ‘Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest’.
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The tax officers will now be committed to a 14-point charter, which includes collecting “only tax amount due” as per the law, while taxpayers would have to be “responsible” and fulfill 6-point expectations, including being honest and complaint.
Here are the commitments made by the charter:
* To provide fair, courteous and reasonable treatment
The income tax department shall provide prompt, courteous and professional assistance in all dealings with the taxpayer.
* Treat taxpayer as honest
The tax department shall treat every taxpayer as honest unless there is a reason to believe otherwise.
* To provide mechanism for appeal and review
The I-T department shall provide fair and impartial appeal and review mechanism.
* Provide timely decisions
The department shall take decision in every income-tax proceeding within the time prescribed under law.
* To collect the correct amount of tax
The tax department shall collect only the amount due as per the law.
* Respect privacy of taxpayer
The department will follow due process of law and be no more intrusive than necessary in any inquiry, examination, or enforcement action.
* Maintain confidentiality
It shall not disclose any information provided by taxpayer to the department unless authorized by law.
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* Hold its authorities accountable
The department shall hold its authorities accountable for their actions.
* Enable representative of choice
The department shall allow every taxpayer to choose an authorized representative of his choice.
* To provide mechanism to lodge complaint
The department shall provide mechanism for lodging a complaint and prompt disposal thereof.
* To provide a fair & just system
It shall provide a fair and impartial system and resolve the tax issues in a time-bound manner.
* Publish service standards and report periodically
The I-T department shall publish standards for service delivery in a periodic manner.
* Reduce cost of compliance
It shall duly take into account the cost of compliance when administering tax legislation.
Here is what the I-T department expects from the taxpayers:
* To be honest, compliant
Taxpayers are expected to honestly disclose full information and fulfil all compliance obligations.
* To be informed
The Taxpayer is expected to be aware of his compliance obligations under tax law and seek help of department if needed.
* Keep accurate records
Taxpayers are expected to keep accurate records required as per law.
* Know what the representative does on his behalf
They are expected to know what information and submissions are made by their authorised representative.
* To respond in time
Taxpayer is expected to make submissions as per tax law in timely manner.
* Make payments in time
Taxpayer is expected to pay amount due as per law in a timely manner.
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced that the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) will adopt a taxpayers’ charter while unveiling this years Budget in February.
Stating that the vision of the Prime Minister is to empower the taxpayers, to provide a transparent system and honour the honest taxpayers, Sitharaman said the launch of taxpayers’ charter is a historic move.
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