PM promises seamless, painless tax system, launches faceless tax scrutiny

New Delhi, Aug 13:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled faceless tax scrutiny and appeal and urged people to pay their due taxes and contribute to nation building.

Also the Income Tax department will adopt a ‘taxpayer charter’ which outlines rights and responsibilities of both tax officers and taxpayers.

Launching the platform ‘Transparent Taxation Honoring the Honest’, Modi said the department will start faceless appeals from September 25.

Modi emphasised the role of tax compliance in nation-building and said the government is following a policy-driven governance model speaking on the occasion.

“The emphasis is on making every rule-law, policy people-centric, and public friendly. This is the use of the new governance model and the country is getting its results,” he said while speaking at the launch of a platform for “Transparent Taxation-Honoring the Honest”.

The virtual launch was attended by various industrialists including, Ratan Tata, Anand Mahindra and Uday Kotak.

“Effort is to make tax system seamless, painless and faceless… Honest taxpayer plays an important role in nation development,” he said. India among nations with lowest corporate tax he added.

Asking people to pay taxes due to them, Modi said while it is the responsibility of tax officers to deal with taxpayers with dignity, people should also consider paying taxes as their responsibility.

Fundamental reforms were needed in Indian tax system, he said, adding India is among the nations with lowest corporate tax rates.

What is faceless assessment

Faceless assessment will be decided randomly by a computer and will be changed from time to time. This will ensure that the income tax administration and the income tax payers cannot communicate to each other, bringing any changes of pressuring to zero, says PM.How has India embraced this change? There are four main reasons for it.

Policy driven governance.

Trust on the commoner’s honesty.

Reducing human interface with increased technology usage

Rewarding efficiency, integrity and sensitivity in our bureaucracy, Modi explained.

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