Surge in tax collection amply proves hard work of tax enforcers: Dash

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Sep 2018 12:10:07



Staff Reporter


“INCOME Tax Department Raipur Charge alone collected Rs 5400 crore against the target of Rs 5290 crore set by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for the financial year 2017-18 and thereby exceeding the set target by Rs 110 crore as compared to corresponding fiscal. The surge in tax collection amply proves the hard work of the tax enforcers to mop up more revenue and also their concerted efforts to raise the taxpayers’ base in Chhattisgarh,” said an elated PK Dash, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, (PrCCIT), Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Dash, who is on a 2-day visit here from Bhopal, was addressing a jam-packed gathering of scribes during a press conference at Vrindavan Hall, Civil Lines, on Wednesday noon.

According to Dash, CBDT has fixed a sum of Rs 25,455 crore as the budget collection for Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states. “Out of this, Chhattisgarh has been allotted a target of Rs 6478 crores alone wherein by August 31st, a sum of Rs 298 crores has already been collected and with three quarters remaining, the Income Tax Department is hopeful of surpassing the set target once again,” said an optimistic PrCCIT.

Dash further affirmed that out of 1497 rectifications applications filed under Section 154 of the Income Tax Act, 1961, a total of 1202 have been disposed of till now. Similarly, out of 260 applications for appeal effect, a total of 246 have been disposed of till now wherein both the figures include old (arrear) cases also. “Out of 883 grievances received, 794 have been disposed under e-Nivaran, whereas 36 out of 38 disposed under C.P.GRAM,” he maintained.

Earlier, Dash, who is the top most tax enforcing authority in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, also had an interaction with the mandarins of Income Tax Bar Association (ITBAR), The Institute of Chartered Accountants Association (ICUI) Bhilai and Durg Branch, Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) and senior officers held at Vrindavan Hall, Civil Lines. Other senior officials also well attended the interaction session. Those prominently present were SSSB Ray, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (CCCIT) Raipur; SK Singh, Principal Commissioner of Income Tax (PCIT); UB Mishra, PCIT (TDS); Alok Johri, Principal Director (Investigation, MP & CG) and PK Mishra, Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals).

During the interactions, several key issues pertaining with manpower deficit, infrastructure as well as TDS mismatch, rectifications, appeal effects, etc were discussed and ways out were prod over. During this, the PrCCIT assured for a swift redressal to all the grievances, while he also concurrently laid emphasis for frequent conduct of ‘outreach programmes’ such as ‘Meet Your Officer’ programme under the aegis of the ‘Aayakar Jan Mitra Abhiyan’ to deal with pile-up of such cases. “Under the ‘Aayakar Jan Mitra Abhiyan’, assesses can meet their officer, without any prior appointment every Wednesday between 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for the redressal of their grievances,” he explained.

The ITBAR, ICAI-Raipur, Bhilai and Durg Branches, Chamber of Commerce members were requested to make their tax payers file true, proper returns and timely returns. Following the interaction session with ITBAR, ICAI-R and Bhilai Durg Branch, CCCI, there was a review meeting held with the officers and officials of the department wherein set of directives were given to the officers and officials to ensure for prompt action on the issues raised by the ITBAR, ICAI-R and Bhilai and Durg, CCCI.

This was followed by the laying down of the foundation stone of the lift at Aayakar Bhawan, Raipur at the hands of PrCCIT P K Dash in the presence of all officer and staff of the Income Tax Department. Lastly, the PrCCIT also emphasised on an optimistic approach in both tax payers and officers so that the Income Tax department can be moulded as an excellent service provider department.