JAMMU, Dec 4: In continuation to outreach programmes across the UTs of J&K and Ladakh, Taxpayers Awareness Campaign ‘Mulaqaat’ was conducted in the Bandipora district of Kashmir Province.
The proceedings were chaired by M P Singh, who heads the Income Tax Department in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh as the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Srinagar (PCIT). The District Magistrate of Bandipora, Dr Owais Ahmed and DC CGST Vikas soni were also present besides other officers of Income Tax and CGST.
The officers of Income Tax Department and GST Department interacted with the tax payers, GST registered business community, small traders and businessmen and members of Panchayat Raj Institutions. The objective of the programme was to take feedback and concrete suggestions from the stakeholders and listen to their grievances besides spreading awareness amongst the taxpayers regarding Income Tax and other issues with regard to GST.
M P Singh urged the locals of Bandipora to pay their taxes diligently and come under the tax ambit without any fear as both the Income Tax and CGST Departments have undergone a sea change in the past few years. He emphasised that both the departments are partners with the public as well as the J&K Govt for the development of the region.
Deputy Commissioner CGST Chandigarh zone Varun Soni threw light on GST and counted its benefits. He gave a detailed power point presentation regarding GST regimes and explained various forms, provisions and laws in detail.
Beyond this, feedback from the people was taken by the officers regarding taxation issues and their aspirations from the Union Budget.
A taxpayers’ awareness and facilitation camp was also organised in the district. Overall, it was a highly constructive and fruitful interactive session where the voices, thoughts and ideas of the locals from Bandipora were heard and recorded.
Mehraz Wani, District Project Manager Industries Bandipura, Hira Lal Kaul and Ajay Sopori from CGST and Anuj Yadav, ITO interacted with the representatives of business community, Wali Mohammad, Shamshad Ahmad and Nassir Hussain, Bar Association member, Aabid Hussain Malla, representatives of Employees Union, Mohammad Mubarak Baba, senior citizen members, Masood Hussain Samoon and Ghulam Ahmad Malla, contractors’ representative Naseer Ahmad Mir, progressive farmers, Mohammad Maqbool Mir and Muneer Ahmad, student leader, Nasir Khuehami, Manila Shakti Kendra member, Baseera Rafiquee, representative of specially a-bled persons, Zahoor Ahmad Lone, tribal youth representatives, Amir Anees and Abdullah Paswal.
Varun Soni, Deputy Commissioner motivated the taxpayers to come into the fold of GST compliance by registering themselves. He used various examples whereby the credit on purchase can be utilized to pay tax liability on outward supplies and how in certain cases refund can be taken by the taxpayers.