The Finance Minister on Tuesday launched an "e-Sahyog" pilot project in a aim to reduces the need for the taxpayer to physically appear before tax authorities.
The "e-Sahyog" project is launched on a pilot basis and is aimed at reducing compliance cost, especially for small taxpayers.
The main objective of "e-Sahyog" is to provide an online mechanism to resolve mismatches in Income-tax returns of those assesses whose returns have been selected for scrutiny, without visiting the Income Tax Office.
How it works?
To ease the small taxpayers, this service will provide an end to end e-service using SMS, e-mails to inform the tax assesses of the mismatch, the department said in the press release.
To avail this service the taxpayers needs to login the e-filing portal with their user-ID and password to view mismatch related information and submit online response on the issue.
The responses will be processed and if the response and other information are found satisfactory as per automated closure rules, the issue will be closed. The taxpayer can check the updated status by logging in to the e-filing portal.
Special PAN camps
The Finance Minister also inaugurated a drive to provide public service by holding "special PAN camps in remote areas".
Under this drive, special PAN camps are being held over two days at forty- three remote semi urban and rural locations across India in the first instance to facilitate obtaining of PAN by persons residing in such areas.
The camps will ease the burden of compliance for persons residing in remote semi urban and rural areas who wish to enter into transactions of purchase or sale above rupees one lakhand will be required to quote PAN as announced in the Budget speech of 2015-16, said in the press release.
On this occasion, the Finance Minister stated that the objective of the Income Tax Department is to make life as easy as possible for the assessees and difficult only for those who consciously evade taxes. These digital initiatives will help in creating a positive environment.
Source: Income Tax Department