Stating that the government is taking several steps to serve honest tax-payers, PM Modi said this year, 91 percent of electronic returns were processed within 90 days as compared to 46 percent last year.
    
"I have also instructed that the performance appraisal system for Income-Tax Officers be changed. The appraisal should reflect, whether or not the officer's orders and assessments have been upheld on appeal. This will deter corruption and also motivate officers to pass correct orders," PM Modi said at the 6th Delhi Economic Conclave here.
    
The I-T department, he said, will move to a system where not only returns but also scrutiny is done without having to go to the tax office.
     
"Queries could be raised and answered online or by email. There should be a visible electronic trail of what is pending with whom, where, and for how long. This is being piloted in five big cities," PM Modi said.
     
He said the electronic filing of returns now covers 85 percent of all tax returns and this year the tax department has introduced e-verification using Aadhaar. Over four million taxpayers made use of this facility.

 

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