Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched "Transparent Taxation - Honoring the Honest" platform to honour honest taxpayers via video conferencing.
"The honest taxpayers of the country play a very big role in nation-building. When the life of the country's honest taxpayers becomes easier, the country also develops, the country also moves forward," said the Prime Minister.
PM Modi also said that this platform would also initiate major tax reforms aimed at bringing transparency in income tax systems, easing the tax compliance and also rewarding honest taxpayers amid the coronavirus crisis.
The reforms include faceless assessment, faceless appeal, and most importantly taxpayers charter. The government is striving to make the rules and regulations people-centric and public friendly. The Income Tax department will also adopt a 'taxpayer charter' which would outline the rights and responsibilities of both tax officers and taxpayers.
Ensuring that the Department's efforts result in the empowerment of our taxpayers! IT Department has taken up several reforms to make tax compliance easier for our taxpayers. Our way to reward your honesty! (1/7)#HonoringTheHonest pic.twitter.com/Rvmv0sgdcN— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) August 13, 2020
#FacelessAssessmentScheme is our way of #HonoringTheHonest. With dynamic jurisdiction & team-based assessment you can respond to the scrutiny notice online.— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) August 13, 2020
No need to go to IT Office or meet local IT Officer!
Speedy completion of cases is another hallmark of the Scheme. (2/7) pic.twitter.com/IYl8E3CIPP
"The effort is to make our tax system seamless, painless and faceless. Seamless means the tax administration should work to solve the problem instead of engaging every taxpayer. Painless means right from technology to the rules, the process should be simple," he said.
Introducing #FacelessAppeals involving random allotment of cases. With electronic replies, zero physical interface of authorities & instant solutions your way, this is the newest, most convenient & easiest way to tackle your IT litigation issues. (3/7)#HonoringTheHonest pic.twitter.com/Mlxp5IHIOT— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) August 13, 2020
Taking your trust & our commitment to the next level!— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) August 13, 2020
Introducing the #TaxpayersCharter which is another step to provide a transparent & taxpayer friendly tax regime. Our way of enhancing trust between taxpayer and IT Department. (4/7)#HonoringTheHonest pic.twitter.com/Zzm1fPzzFE
The Prime Minister said that faceless assessment and taxpayers charter is available from Thursday, and faceless appeal will be available from September 25.
Taxpayers' Charter unveiled! Demonstrating the commitment of IT Department towards improving taxpayer services and holding itself accountable, it clearly articulates taxpayers' rights and responsibilities even as it sets out its expectations from them. (6/7)#HonoringTheHonest pic.twitter.com/QH2wBfegjW— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) August 13, 2020