Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched through video broadcast, the 'transparent taxation' platform, which brings into effect faceless assessment of taxpayers, and the rights' charter for the taxpayers.
With the 'transparent taxation honouring the honest' that is aimed at carrying forward the journey of direct tax reforms, the taxpayers would not be harassed and treated with suspicion here on, PM Modi says.
Speaking at the launch, the Prime Minister said that India is among few countries giving such rights and dignity to the taxpayers. "Faceless assessment and taxpayers charter have come into force from today while the facility of faceless appeal will be available for citizens across the country from 25th September i.e. Deen Dayal Upadhyay's birth anniversary. The new platform apart from being faceless is also aimed at boosting the confidence of the taxpayer and making him/ her fearless," he added.
Referring to the launch of taxpayers' charter, the prime minister said that it is a significant step where the taxpayer is now assured of fair, courteous and rational behavior. He said the charter takes care of maintaining the dignity and sensitivity of the taxpayer and that is based on a trust factor and that the assessee cannot be merely doubted without a basis.
The prime minister said the country’s tax structure needed fundamental reforms as the earlier tax structure was developed from the one created during pre-independent times. Even the several changes made during the post-independent times did not alter its fundamental character, he said.
He said that the charter has been introduced with defined rights and responsibilities. From here on the Income Tax (I-T) department cannot doubt anyone without a basis, he said.
PM Modi is of the view that the structural reforms will add a new dimension along with the transparent taxation platform. He also noted that reform should be policy driven and holistic.
Referring to the reduction of the scrutiny of the cases by at least four times in the last six years from 0.94% in 2012-13 to 0.26% in 2018-19, PM Modi said this itself is a reflection of the trust that the Government is laying on the returnees. He said in the past six years, India has seen a new model of governance evolving in tax administration. Amidst all these efforts, he said the number of people filing income tax returns has increased by about 2.5 crores in the past six-seven years.
The prime minister however said that it can also not be denied that only 1.5 Crore people pay the taxes in a country of 130 crores. He urged people to introspect themselves and come forward to pay the taxes due.
Speaking of the recent measures, he said that nearly three lakh cases were resolved under the "Vivaad Se Vishwas" scheme. "Latest laws reduced the legal burden in the tax system where now the limit of filing cases in the High Court has been fixed at up to Rs1 crore and up to Rs2 crore for filing in the Supreme Court," he added.
He also appealed to the citizens and said that those who are capable of paying taxes but not in the tax net should lso voluntarily pay taxes.