DIBRUGARH, April 10 - Income Tax officials here have every reason to cheer. In the just concluded financial year, the Dibrugarh Income Tax Commissionerate collected Rs 1748.3 crore as income tax revenues. This is Rs 400 crore more than the preceding year�s collections, translating to a 54.7% revenue jump, informed the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax here, H B Mahanta.
He said the improved revenue was achieved under the guidance of Principal Chief Commissioner of Income-tax, North Eastern Region, Guwahati, Kavita Jha and also due to the guidance from the Shillong-based Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, RS Upadhyaya. Mahanta said the improved collections of direct taxes resulted from better tax compliance by the citizens. He said the Income Tax department is also thankful to Oil India Limited and its employees, both of whom contributed more than 70 per cent of the income tax revenues within the Dibrugarh Commissionerate.
Another effort by the department was its �Operation Clean Money� programme, under which efforts were on to bring in newer tax payers, and unearth undeclared income. Then, surveys conducted in remote places of Arunachal Pradesh have made the presence of Income Tax Department felt in these areas. Normally assumed to be the areas of exempted income, the survey and other investigations revealed that there are a lot of people in these areas who are not entitled for such exemptions.
Mahanta said his department has taken up several outreach programmes towards tax payers� education. During the campaign, meetings were held with chambers of commerce, trade associations, other business groups like hoteliers, nursing homes, schools, colleges and university to increase awareness about tax compliance, which leads to nation building. Such initiative has led to increase in the number of new tax payers.
Apart from collecting taxes, the Income Tax Department has participated in Clean Dibrugarh operation on several occasions. A special programme in connection with swachhata was organised in the Central Revenue Building premises, at Milan Nagar, etc. An NGO, �Chikun�, has teamed up to provide beautification aids at several places in Dibrugarh.
Meanwhile, 31 cases of income tax evasion have been taken up by the Income Tax authorities here. The alleged defaulters are at various stages of prosecution.