The “Mulaqaat” taxpayer awareness campaign continued today in the districts of Anantnag and Kupwara of Kashmir province, Leh of UT of Ladakh and Kathua and Katra of Jammu province.
The Income Tax Department in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is headed by the Senior Income Tax Commissioner, Srinagar, Shri MP Singh (IRS Officer of Lot 1990), under the supervision of which, for the first time, such an initiative is taken.
In Kupwara, the program took place at the town hall where, along with the Joint Income Tax Commissioner, Shri Rajiv Gubgotra and officers from the CGST department and the district ADC were also present.
In Anantnag, the program took place at Dak Bunglow, Khanabal, where, along with the district magistrate, Dr Piyush Singla, Deputy Income Tax Commissioner, Abhishri and officers of the CGST department were present.
The interaction took place with representatives of the local youth, owners of dried fruit shops, willow bat makers and other small traders and businessmen in large numbers.
The feedback from the population was gathered by the officers on fiscal matters and their aspirations vis-à-vis the Union budget.
Mr. Mushtaq, a young trader from Anantnag, has called for awareness and education camps to continue widely in the neighborhood to educate the public about it.
He insisted that locals wanted to pay taxes but needed guidance in this regard to encourage voluntary compliance.
Locals have requested that these interactive sessions continue with adjudicators to more effectively address their concerns.
Mr. Shaukat Mansoor, Secretary of the Kupwara District Trade Federation requested the creation of an ASK (Aayakar Seva Kendra) center dedicated to Kupwara. Mr Wasim, a local Anantnag CA requested that the Anantnag jurisdictional income tax office be located closer to the district headquarters to facilitate taxpayers there.
The chairman of Anantnag city council and Mr. Ashfaq, a businessman from Kupwara, called for the extension of the filing of declarations to be granted to the inhabitants of the valley, bearing in mind the unique challenges facing the people of the valley. inhabitants of here.
Local traders and small traders have also been made aware of the articles of the Income Tax Act 1961, under which they can benefit from the flat-rate tax regime.
Regarding the Union budget, the locals gave their ideas and suggestions based on their local issues. The increased emphasis on tourism, construction of mini hydropower plants, job creation for young people, especially women, promotion of willow bats and increased access to credit facilities were the strengths of Anantnag.
In Kupwara, local youth raised concerns that, with Kupwara quite far from Srinagar, the district needs to focus on the development impetus, especially in cottage industries.
Ch. Faizan Quereshi, a local youth from Kupwara pointed out that more vocational training institutes could be opened in remote places in order to provide employment. Locals expressed their great joy that the Honorable Minister of Finance of the Government of India sent officers from the Income Tax Department and the Central GST Department to listen to their concerns and get their comments.
Officers noted the detailed points made by residents, collected feedback forms and promised to share them with their superiors.
In addition, the district magistrate of Anantnag also promised that a working group for young people was being formed which would identify and focus on the problems faced by the local young people of Anantnag, with the help panchayats.
District taxpayers were also briefed on technological advancements in the two departments and the associated transparency and accountability.
Overall, it was a very constructive and fruitful interactive session where the voices, thoughts and ideas of the people of Anantnag and Kupwara were heard and recorded.
MP Singh assured that the Income Tax Department is committed to providing the best taxpayer services for its assessors and assured that all their grievances will be resolved in a transparent and efficient manner.