New technology to make tax payments easier: Pranab

July 15th, 2011 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Pranab Mukherjee New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) The income tax department is upgrading its technology and introducing new ones with focus on electronic filing aimed at making tax payments easier, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Friday.

“The department has focused on e-governance initiatives to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing economic environment and the expectations of the growing numbers of taxpayers,” Mukherjee said in his address at the concluding ceremony here of the year-long celebrations commemorating 150 years of the income tax Department.

The minister said there has been considerable improvement in the efforts of the department to provide better services to the taxpayers. “The central government’s thrust has been on upgrading and induction of new technology in the services rendered by the IT department.”

Mukherjee said Indian taxation system was becoming increasingly progressive as the share of direct tax had increased significantly.

Total direct tax collections rose to Rs.4,46,000 crore in 2010-11, accounting for more than 56 percent of the total revenue collections of the central government.

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