The project aims to reduce the need for the taxpayer to physically appear before tax authorities
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday introduced the ‘e-Sahyog’ pilot project of income tax department which aims to reduce the need for the taxpayer to physically appear before tax authorities, an official statement said.
“The ‘e-Sahyog’ project introduced on a pilot basis is aimed at reducing compliance cost, especially for small taxpayers. The objective of the project is to provide an online mechanism to resolve mismatches in income tax returns of those assesses whose returns have been chosen for scrutiny, without visiting the income tax office,” said a finance ministry statement. Under this initiative, the department will give an end to end e-service using SMS, e-mails to inform the tax assesses of the mismatch.
“The taxpayers will simply be required to visit the e-filing portal and log in with their user ID and password to view mismatch related information and submit an online response on the issue,” it said. “The responses deposited online by the taxpayers will be processed and if the response and other information are found satisfactory as per automated closure rules, the issue will be treated as closed. The taxpayers can check the up to date status by logging in to the e-filing portal,” the statement added.
The finance minister also inaugurated a drive to give public service at peoples’ doorstep by holding special PAN camps in remote areas. Under this campaign, special PAN camps will be held over two days at 43 remotes, semi-urban and rurally situated across India in the first instance to facilitate obtaining of PAN card by persons residing in such areas. Jaitley also interacted with applicants and officials at seven of these camps by a video conference.