At the time of presenting the ongoing Union Budget 2016-2017, FM Arun Jaitely announced the expansion of e-sahyog program to seven mega cities to help small taxpayers with an online interface. Being a part of PM Modi s Digital India initiative, Jaitley also mentioned that technology will be used in all aspects, right from tax and markets to data mining and more with the help of sophisticated IT systems. However, Jaitley didn t mention the list of cities where it will be available. Also Read - Government rolls back 29.44% import duty on mobile phone componentsAlso Read - Union Budget 2016-17: TCS and Wipro hail SEZ scheme extension, digital plans
E-sahyog project was launched as a pilot project in October last year. The e-sahyog project aims to eliminate the need of taxpayer to appear in front of tax authorities. It provides an online mechanism to resolve the mismatches in IT returns of taxpayers whose returns have been selected for inspection.
With the e-sahyog initiative, the IT department will be able of offer end-to-end e-service to inform taxpayers about the mismatch with either via e-mail or SMS. That s not all, taxpayers can then visit the e-filing portal, login using their credentials and view the information related to the mismatch.
At the same time, taxpayers can also respond to the issue without having to visit the tax office. If the response submitted by the taxpayer is found satisfactory, it will be closed automatically.