The Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affair Abdul Rahim Rather today rolled out computerization of check post of commercial taxes department at toll plaza Lakhanpur, known as the Gate-way to J&K. Rather said that the computerization of commercial taxes department has been undertaken under centrally sponsored Mission Mode Project at a cost of about Rs 20 crore which includes Rs 7.39 crores as state share.
Speaking on the occasion, Rather patted the department and its functionaries for achieving this mile stone, after touching heights of revenue realization to the tune of Rs 4000 crore during the last year.
He said the computerization of the check post will provide much needed relief to the business and traders community by way of bouquet of services, enabling them to transact and deal with the department without direct interface with the office functionaries. The facility will not only save the precious time of traders but also bring transparency through 24×7 on line convenient facility to the traders.
“The online facility will also increase the comfort level of the traders in their transactions with the department besides providing access to the registered taxpayer for information about their own registration details, history of returns (VAT & CST return filing), electronic payments, one line facility for submission of forms for registration under VAT, facility for making tax payments electronically via Banks, facility for obtaining new Registration (TIN) electronically and facility for filing e- returns. He said the computerization of the check post will also provide facilities to the traders for filing check post declarations electronically for inter-state trade and e-communication with the department.
Elaboration more on the schemes envisions creation of a modern indirect tax administration environment across the states, Rather said it was supported by a suitably enabiling Information Technology(IT) infrastructure that is conducive to investment, economic growth and free flow of goods and services within a common market of India. The scheme also aims at building up the capacities across states harmoniously with flexibility to accommodate locally felt needs while subsuming the already ongoing initiatives.
He said the scheme will also help to provide support to cover the identified gaps in the IT infrastructure so that web-based delivery of basic tax-payer services becomes possible, thereby leading to reduced official dealer interface, reduced response time, faster service delivery, reduced transaction cost, increased transparency and increased accountability.
Earlier, Rizvi and Khateeb while giving a power point presentation explained salient features of the primary, secondary and key modules of the computerization project put in place by the department and its future benefits in revenue recovery and checking of tax evasion attempts. They said the new system will also facilitate single window clearance of vehicles, and on-line operation of the check post.