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CBDT to organise a two-day conference

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, July 3 (UNI) Finance Minister P Chidambaram will be inaugurating a two-day conference of Chief Commissioners and Directors General of Income Tax here tomorrow.

Briefing newsmen about the meet, the Chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) M H Kherawala said the meet will be attended by all the Commissioners and Director General of Income tax department.

She said the two-day conference will make strategies for maximising tax collections, reduction of arrears and widening of tax base. The progress of computerisation and utilisation of information in Annual Information Returns will also be discussed during the meet.

Responding to questions on the new tax return form, she said the matter has already been discussed and ''I would not like to discuss on that controversy''.

She said the department's target is to enlarge the tax net by an additional 15 per cent over and above that of the previous year.

She, however, failed to reply whether the department was able to meet its tax net enlargement target in the previous five years.

She said the department had already opened 321 helpline centres in various towns and cities across the country to help out the small income-tax payers in filing up the tax forms and also in filing up the Permanent Account Number (PAN) forms. In order to make these centres user friendly, these centres will be set up at places other than the income tax premises. Normally it would be set up either at the office of the Chamber of Commerce or in some chartered accountant office. This is being done to remove the ''fear psychosis'' from the minds of the people about the income tax department, she added.


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