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IT dept conducts outreach program


In its bid to reach out to the people, the Income Tax department conducted its first ever Outreach Programme cum Interaction at district headquarters Bomdila today for the taxpayers, income tax practitioners and the DDOs. This was the first ever outreach programme by the Income Tax department in the state.

Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Guwahati-1, Guwahati, Shishir Kr Jha, IRS, gave an overview of Income Tax in the country since 1860 to till date and the various challenges associated with it.

Commenting on the zest of the video clippings screened, the Commissioner remarked that the tribal communities should not take the exemption for granted. It is for them to ensure that the non-locals those who run business or are into contract works in the name of the locals, file regular returns with the department.

If we don t protect the tax exemption we have, we may soon be paying taxes Jha said.

The Additional Commissioner of Income Tax from Range-Tezpur, Tezpur, Doly Loyi, IRS, informed of the various endeavors made by the department to reach out to the people to make the return filings easy and user friendly.

Citing various reasons as to why one needs to file IT returns, he observed that the tribals should know the legalities and the reasons behind the exemption granted and play their part in ascertaining that return filings are made regularly by their non-local partners as Benami Act is equally applicable to tribals too.

Earlier, appreciating the first ever outreach programme by the department in the state of Arunachal, West Kameng Deputy Commissioner Sonal Swaroop opined that though there has been IT exemption in the north-east, there are certain issues which the taxpayers are not well acquainted with.

The likes of the outreach programme and interactive sessions would go a long way in addressing the problem and making people aware of the importance of filing returns , the DC said.

Various DDOs, administrative officers, traders and businessmen took part in the interactive session moderated by the ITO. DIPRO

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