DIBRUGARH, April 2 - The Principal Commissioner of Income Tax (PrCIT) here, HB Mahanta and his team in the Income Tax Department have reason to be happy. In the just concluded 2017-18 financial year, the office collected Rs 1,365 in income tax.
During the same period, 10,266 new income tax payers were included following sustained departmental campaigns. This was also the result of a vigorous campaign under Operation Clean Money of the Income Tax authorities.
Mahanta said that the department�s personnel carried out a series of surveys and investigations in its operational territories, which include much of upper Assam and a substantial part of eastern Arunachal Pradesh.
It was found that many people in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh and in places like Pasighat, Tezu, Along, Roing etc. actually need to pay income tax. These people were in the non-exempt category. It has been learnt that those who fell under the income tax payee category, readily and wholeheartedly cooperated with the department. Local tribals in Arunachal Pradesh do not need to pay taxes if their earnings are within their state of residence. But if they earn money elsewhere, they need to pay taxes. These technicalities were explained to the locals during the awareness campaigns.
Within Assam, dozens of new tax payers were enrolled in places like Jagun. These people were not aware of their income tax liabilities earlier. To increase tax compliance, awareness programmes were conducted at school and college campuses also.
The PrCIT office here initiated prosecution in 30 cases of alleged tax evasion during the last financial year. A few cases have also been taken up against wrongful preparation of returns by income tax return preparers. It is suspected that these preparers wilfully prepared faulty returns to evade tax dues.
Meanwhile, the worn-down Income Tax office at Digboi has been taken up for renovation. It is also learnt that crumbling staff quarters there would also be repaired this year itself.