Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched Transparent Taxation - Honoring the Honest' platform. He said it will strengthen the efforts of reforming and simplifying India's tax system. The Prime Minister also unveiled the next phase of direct tax reforms aimed at easing compliance and rewarding honest taxpayers in a bid to rebuild the Indian economy.
Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister said that the new platform will be having faceless assessments, faceless appeal and taxpayer charter. The faceless assessment and taxpayer charter will come into place from today itself, while the faceless appeal is going to be applicable from September 25.
Shri Narendra Modi said, the effort is to make the tax system seamless, painless and faceless. The Prime Minister said, amidst all the reforms introduced by the Centre, the number of people who have filed income tax returns has increased by about two-and-a-half crores in the last 6-7 years. He, however, said , it is also true that in a country of 130 crores and it is still very less.
Prime Minister Modi emphasised with faceless assessment, the taxpayer is assured of fair, courteous and rational behaviour. He said, the income tax department now has to take care of the taxpayer's dignity sensitively and the department cannot doubt anyone without any basis. Shri Modi said, taxpayers charter is also a big step in the country's development journey. (With inputs from AIR)