Awareness Campaign on 2nd day at Kathua, Katra
JAMMU, Dec 3: In continuation to outreach programmes across the UTs of J&K and Ladakh, Income Tax Department conducted Taxpayers Awareness Campaign ‘Mulaqaat’ in the district of Pulwama 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. The District Magistrate of Pulwama, Baseer Chaudhary and officers of the CGST Department were also present.
The interaction was with representatives of the local youth, representatives from the trade community, the local youth, industrialists, saffron growers, small shopkeepers and businessmen in large numbers. Along with spreading awareness amongst the taxpayers regarding Income Tax slab rates, the PCIT urged the audience to contribute to the process of nation building as honest and proud tax payers.
He reiterated that there is no scope of any bias or harassment any more under the new transparent and accountable tax regime. He also spoke about the Faceless Scheme under which all scrutiny proceedings would be conducted online to ensure smooth compliance and transparency of the proceedings.
With regard to the Union Budget the locals gave their ideas and suggestions, centric to Pulwama district. Increased focus on industrialization of Pulwama along with tax benefits for the same was highlighted by the locals.
In this regard, the District Magistrate of Pulwama intimated that various subsidies to the tune of Rs 3600 crore are given to the industrial sector, which has created employment opportunities for more than 37000 people.
The local youth of Pulwama raised issues related to CA (Controlled Atmosphere) cold stores, dairy farms, corrugated box factories, appealed for reduction of GST rates and highlighted issues related to GST. They urged that manufacturing units of Kashmir are not able to compete with other states due to higher transportation costs and to promote local industries higher rates of CGST should be on finished products brought in states rather than on raw material.
Taxpayers’ Awareness and Facilitation camp were also organized at Pulwama, Kathua & Katra. People from different walks of the society including professionals attended these camps and raised queries and also got their grievances settled on the spot.
Most of the issues raised b y them were relating to duplication of PAN, e-filing facilities, technical glitches on e-filing portal, DSC pairing with PAN, physical returns sent to CPC but not available on portal, online appeal filing issues, registration of PAN of legal heir in deceased cases, mismatch of TDS, non-availability of old record on the new e-filing portal. A visit of young students was also organized to the ASK to apprise them of the working of the Income Tax Office, role of TRP & NSDL and incentives available to them as start-up entrepreneurs. The visitors greatly appreciated the initiative taken by the Income Tax Department for taxpayer service.