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BSNL to allow unlimited free calling at night

The scheme covers all major landline general plans of rural and urban areas, landline special plans and all major combo (landline and broadband) plans

 

State-run BSNL said Thursday it will introduce unlimited free calling at night from its landline phones to all landline and mobile phones of all service providers across India from May 1.
 
With this, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd intends to promote landline usage. "This unlimited free night calling shall be available from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.," a company statement said.
 
The scheme covers all major landline general plans of rural and urban areas, landline special plans and all major combo (landline and broadband) plans.
 
"BSNL landline phone offers voice clarity. Now landline customers can make unlimited calls comfortably anywhere in India to all networks from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. without paying call charges," the statement added.
 

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PEEPING TOM (Pvt) Ltd—Very Private, Indeed

A mild inconvenience that can be overcome as soon as one wants to

 

Almost everybody must be guilty of this offence. Copping out. Opting out of work, or an engagement, or an appointment, or attending court. And the usual excuse? ‘Not well’. Sick. Headache, stomach ache, the flu. Usually, it is just a mild inconvenience that can be overcome as soon as one wants to.
 
Experience tells us that attendance in courts is where this ‘story’ most often crops up. A month back, a judge passed an order dismissing a case because the ‘sick’ complainant had avoided appearing before him. The next-in-line would be at the place of work. Monday morning blues. A death in the family, the deceased being far removed by relationship, is another usual plea. The list is long and very imaginative.
 
Our topic this time is workplace-related. A woman was employed as a secretary. She reported to the management; obviously an important assignment. However, as it often happens, she could not get along with others. She soon reported sick. She had, she claimed, a bronchial infection. Later, it turned worse. She did not attend work for a long time. She sent in a doctor’s and a specialist’s certificates.
 
In the judgement mentioned above, the judge dictated in his order that no medical certificate was presented for absence from the court. Some proof was needed to justify non-attendance. In the case of our sick woman, six certificates were sent. The management, however, was not convinced. Her phone calls ‘reporting ill’ were doubted.
 
The question was how best to prove the secretary wrong. It is precisely in such situations, more ego-driven than anything else, that things get out of hand. Someone thought of a brilliant idea. Spying on her seemed the best way to beat her at her game. Obviously, no boss would do the dirty work. 
 
It was handed over to a professional detective agency. Spying is the name of the game.
It worked. Over four days, the detective went to work. He did a thorough job. Not only did he shadow the employee, he kept tabs on her husband as well. And the house. And the dog. He followed her to the laundrette where she did the laundry, ostensibly all by herself. She was video-graphed. And photographs were printed from the recording. She seemed OK. At least, she did not seem to suffer from the various illnesses she had claimed to be afflicted with. She was truly nailed.
 
Now, you be the judge. What would you do, if you were the management? What would you do if you were the employee?
 
Confronted with the evidence, the secretary hit back. How dare they follow her? Had she no right to privacy? Thus offended, she sued. Reminds one of a Gujarati saying of a chor (thief) threatening the kotwal (policeman).
 
The Federal Labour Court decided in favour of the woman. She had asked for damages. It ruled that she deserved to be compensated, though not as much as she asked for. It awarded Euro 1,000/-. That is, about Rs80,000/-. Less than 10% of what she had demanded. Not really that much in Germany; but good enough for ‘not attending work’!
 
The court explained its ruling. It said that there must be a legitimate reason, for example, a theft, to put sleuths on someone’s trail. Just conjecture is not enough. The compensation was more or less a slap-on-the-wrist order. But it did set a precedent. No snooping by the management.
This, of course, raises some disturbing questions. What about the CCTVs, the omnipresent cameras on closed circuit? If one is warned about the cameras’ presence, is it enough? These days, one is monitored at all times. Two years back, in an English Old Bailey (Crime) Court, the whole sequence in a murder trial was sought to be proved by these cameras. Something that lasted over an hour, including a bus ride. Would that also be an invasion of privacy?
 
Technology has a lot to answer; recorders need to be careful. 
 

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Economy & Nation Exclusive
Taxtortion: No TDS certificate unless short payment defaults are paid

The TRACES portal of Income-tax department is preventing deductors from issuing TDS certificate unless past demands, irrespective of whether it is valid or not, are paid  

 

The Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) reconciliation analysis and correction enabling system (TRACES) portal of the Income Tax (I-T) department is preventing deductors to obtain TDS certificate unless past demands are paid and online correction submitted. This is turning out to be a nightmare for those, who have disputed the demand or are wrongly shown as defaulters or who do not even know about the demand. In addition, it takes too much of a time to rectify the errors in tax demands from the I-T department. 
 
"(The) Centralized Processing Centre (CPC) TDS prompts you to first close the short payment defaults before submission of request for download of TDS Certificates," a note on the TRACES portal says 
 
In a communication issued on 18 March 2015, the CPC (TDS) TEAM, says, "The Centralized Processing Centre (TDS) has observed from its records that there are Short Payment Defaults in Quarterly TDS Statements submitted by you (deductor) and therefore, downloading of Consolidated Files and TDS Certificates are currently restricted for your tax deduction and collection account number (TAN)."
 
The communication says CPC (TDS) has initiated a special drive for closure of Short Payment Defaults due to Unmatched or Insufficient Challans in the TDS Statements. "Since the due date for filing of TDS Statements for fourth quarter of 2014-15 and distribution of TDS Certificates subsequently is approaching fast, you are suggested to close the above defaults without any further loss of time," it says.
 
Short payment defaults in the TDS Statements may appear due to unmatched challans and insufficient challans. The portal itself admits that at times, data entry mistakes are committed, while reporting tax payments in the respective TDS statements. In addition, incorrect quoting of TAN, incorrect assessment year in ITNS 281 while depositing TDS may happen. Further, multiple on-line tax accounting system (OLTAS) challans may have been reported in the TDS statement incorrectly, with information pertaining to only one challan, and mapped with the referenced deductee rows.
 
As per issue of insufficient challans is concerned adequate balance may be available in OLTAS challans, however, already consumed challans may have been incorrectly used in the TDS Statement. The deductor may have tried to consume more than the available challan balance for reporting TDS deducted in the statements. "Though CPC (TDS) makes best efforts to match challans, however, they may remain unmatched leading to 'Short Payment' Defaults," the Communication says. 
 
So, how can the deductor rectify the tax demand? You have to first download justification report from the TRACES portal to view your latest outstanding demand. In case there is no available challan, you are required to first deposit the due tax in the bank and then the same challan will be available for tagging in CPC (TDS) system after around three-four days of deposit. The Online Correction facility of TRACES can also be used for closure of the short payment default, which can be availed without digital signature.
 
The CPC (TDS) communication recommends to us to close the default by tagging unconsumed challans, if available in its system, through Online Correction. The deductor can access the details of defaults, if any, only during online correction process. Once the challan is suitable tagged and online correction submitted to CPC (TDS), then it would be processed and the rectification in short payment defaults may take place. However, there is no time specified for this process. 
 
Last year in August, the Centralised Processing Cell (CPC) of the I-T department issued a communication (still displayed on the TRACES portal), according to which short payment defaults in the quarterly TDS statements due to unmatched challans had to be closed before the deductor would be allowed to download the “consolidated” files. (Read: New TDS procedure just announced will mean more coercion and blackmail by I-T department)  
 

 

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COMMENTS

vswami

7 months ago

Another instance of 'Taxtortion' ( If No "Certificate of 'LH' ", No permission to e'file tax return as LR of a deceased)

An Update (well intended > for special attention of, social activists and law experts at large)
This write-up mostly concerns mismatch of TDS data, in particular leading to the otherwise avoidable consequence of an in -fructuous demand. On the flip side, however, there is another aspect, which must be of no less concern, hence needs to be brought to sharp focus. That is an instance in which, should there be clearly excess tax paid by way of TDS, etc., resulting in a refund claim. Such a refund claim has come to be seriously jeopardised , in a case in which, a person being LR and therefore, has to file the tax return of a deceased , of his income accrued or received up to/as on the date of his demise. That is the intended or not-so-realised consequence of the CPC prescribed procedure; which, in turn, prevents the LR who volunteers and files such return from accessing some services (see the items numbered in the Table , with the remark NO facilities), unless and until he manages to and furnish anyone of the 5 Certificates .
Out of the so specified 5 Certificates, Registered Will is one. Even so, at least one instance in which the LR, who was named in the Will of the deceased, a copy whereof was offered to be placed on record, has been prevented by the CPC, - by doing so the view taken/ reason given by the CPC is patently fallacious; in a way suicidal, if were to be critically examined, in that, it goes against the very grain of expectation by the Revenue of tax payers compliance with the law.
More: http://taxguru.in/income-tax/filing-ereturn-legal-heir-lh-dsc-revised-process.html/comment-page-1/

vswami

7 months ago

An Update (well intended > for special attention of, social activists and law experts at large)
This write-up mostly concerns mismatch of TDS data, in particular leading to the otherwise avoidable consequence of an in -fructuous demand. On the flip side, however, there is another aspect, which must be of no less concern, hence needs to be brought to sharp focus. That is an instance in which, should there be clearly excess tax paid by way of TDS, etc., resulting in a refund claim. Such a refund claim has come to be seriously jeopardised , in a case in which, a person being LR and therefore, has to file the tax return of a deceased , of his income accrued or received up to/as on the date of his demise. That is the intended or not-so-realised consequence of the CPC prescribed procedure; which, in turn, prevents the LR who volunteers and files such return from accessing some services (see the items numbered in the Table , with the remark NO facilities), unless and until he manages to and furnish anyone of the 5 Certificates .
Out of the so specified 5 Certificates, Registered Will is one. Even so, at least one instance in which the LR, who was named in the Will of the deceased, a copy whereof was offered to be placed on record, has been prevented by the CPC, - by doing so the view taken/ reason given by the CPC is patently fallacious; in a way suicidal, if were to be critically examined, in that, it goes against the very grain of expectation by the Revenue of tax payers compliance with the law.
For MORE: http://taxguru.in/income-tax/filing-ereturn-legal-heir-lh-dsc-revised-process.html/comment-page-1/
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ABHISHEK BHATHAR

2 years ago

I think this is right step... As TDS default mostly arises bcz of technical mistakes of assessees, so now they will correct their returns. In any case this is not demand generated by human being so no harassment by Income Tax Department.

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TIHARwale

In Reply to ABHISHEK BHATHAR 2 years ago

Boss if the items are unreconciled you have paid tax, Bank is certifying and confirming that tax is remitted now who has to do the rectification for errors committed at TRACES level. why they dont correspond over mail so that tax payer can reply with evidences. what is preventing I.Tax Dept in providing this facility. Providing email correspondence will sort the issues with exact pin point the role play till such time honest tax payer is an harrassed person for no fault of it. Suppose demand is more than refund the following year your refeunds will be accounted against wrong demands due to TRACES doing careless and clumsy job.

TIHARwale

2 years ago

If this is the minimum governance then honest tax payers are gouing to be the worst sufferers. What is preventing I.Tax department to send notices with email address of the concerned tax official so that tax payer can mail the details and get the entries regularised. 90% of cases where I.T.Dept has raised demand are those where tax have been paid. Bank has remitted only at the TRACES level entries are un matched. it is usually seen thatv in other financial surplus tax is credited on behalf of the tax payer. Income Tax Dept insted of correcting these entries are behaving like bunch of jokers and going on accumulating int on these disputed demands

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ABHISHEK BHATHAR

In Reply to TIHARwale 2 years ago

Dear Tiharwale,
Government has initiated some programmes like meeting to the officers on wednesday without prior appointment, etc., we as a citizen has to fully utilise those and if we are right we may go to any levels and by that we may get our queries solves, even PM is directly looking after these query resolution. So we should first try for those and make people aware for that and then reach to a conclusion...

Jadhwani

In Reply to TIHARwale 2 years ago

IN SUCH CASES ALLOW PEOPLE TO SUBMIT HARD COPY PROOF DIRECTLY TO BANGALORE OFFICE - IF ONLINE FAILS - WHY DO INJUSTICE TO POEPLE OF INDIA - NOT CORRECT AT ALL

Laxmi Lobo

2 years ago

How does this make a tax payers life simple?
As it is, making a Tax payer responsible for collecting tax on behalf of the govt is ATROCIOUS, to say the least!
IT dept should have worked at getting rid of the TDS, instead they complicate further?

Anand Vaidya

2 years ago

This is all just crazy. Whoever invented TDS must be exiled from India.

I have never seen Form 26AS match TDS actually deducted by banks. One bank doesn't even bother to deduct TDS. Some other don't send F16 or upload data.

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TIHARwale

In Reply to Anand Vaidya 2 years ago

if TDS is deducted and not remitted it is misappropriation. this is what KingFisher did collected service tax and didnot remit about Rs 200 crores but the sucker Govt did not act against Vijay Mallya. Finance Minister Arun Jaitely sits with Vijay and attends meetings presided by BCCI Srinivasan. Vijay Mallya own team in IPL but screws public sector Banks over Rs 14000 crores, it started during UPA rule and will continue in NDA rule with Jaitley as FM

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