Post offices ready for I-T returns
THE POSTAL Department shall receive your I-T returns and get Rs 100 per form from the I-T deparment for the service. A new role, which will give the department a means to generating revenue.
This arrangement has been made following an agreement between the Ministry of Posts and the Ministry of Revenue. The Union Finance Ministry, it is learnt had been looking for an alternative to avoid major disruptions in work for accepting income tax returns at various collection centres in the entire country on account of a proposed strike by the income tax employees on July 29 and July 30 this year. The idea of using postal offices as centres to accept returns is also being regarded as an experiment to further streamline the collection processes for the return forms at newly identified centres.
Director of Postal Headquarters Lucknow Abha Singh said “This is going to be a profit deal for the postal department. I am sure the department will be able to collect massive revenues through this deal. The postal department is going to establish special counters at the main post offices of the city where people can come and submit their I-T forms.”
It is going to be very convenient for the public. “Initially, they had to queue up at the income tax office for hours. But know they will be able to submit their forms at various post offices across the length and breadth of the city,” she said. If a person resides in Chowk then he will not have to come to the I-T office to submit his returns. “He can submit it at the Chowk post office itself. This arrangement will eliminate touting. It was seen that people used to give money to touts to get their I-T returns submitted.,” she said.
However, Manoj Nigam, Public Relations Officer of the I-T Department said, “At present we don’t have any information in this regard. We have not been notified about this arrangement yet.”