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May 20, 2009

Dealers urged to e-file commercial tax returns

The Commercial Taxes Department aims to bring all assessees in Coimbatore under the system of e-filing of returns by August.

Ashish Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Commercial Taxes (Enforcement), told the participants of an awareness meeting on “e-filing of Commercial Tax Returns”, organised by the Coimbatore District Small Industries’ Association here on Tuesday, that Coimbatore had about 42,000 assessees and nearly 22,000 of them were into e-filing.Coimbatore had been a pioneer in the e-filing initiative.

However, under the mandatory category, 75 to 80 per cent of assessees in Madurai and Tiruneveli were adopting e-filing. In Coimbatore, it was 70 per cent.He urged the dealers here to use the help desks available with the association, the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore and the Department and go in for e-filing.

Statutory forms

Mr. Kumar said apart from e-filing, the department had started issuing statutory forms online.The applications could be submitted manually or online and it was proposed to make it completely online.Similarly, discussions were on regarding e-payment by big dealers. This would be implemented in a couple of months.

“We should be ready for e-payment and e-filing before the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax,” he said.The aim was to make the system easy for the assessees and convenient for the department.The department had also introduced fast-track clearance system at check posts for transporters.Details of a particular transport could be entered online and an acknowledgement would be given.This could be showed at the check-post and the clearance would be faster.The department held a meeting with the transporters here in this regard recently.

Help desk

K. Ilango, president of the association, said it had established a help desk here for Central Excise and for commercial taxes.Those who needed help in e-filing could approach the desk, he said.

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