NEW DELHI: The Income Tax Department today launched an app that allows entities track TDS, pay taxes and apply for permanent account number (PAN).
The mobile app ‘Aaykar Setu’, launched by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, literally means taxpayer’s bridge and is available on Android phones.
The new initiative is a step by the I-T department to directly communicate with the taxpayers on a range of multiple informative and useful tax services aimed at providing tax information at their fingertips.
The CBDT will also activate the option of filing tax returns using the mobile app in the coming months.
The module compiles various tax tools, live chat facility, dynamic updates, and important links to various processes within the I-T department in a single module.
All taxpayers who wish to receive such SMS alerts are advised to register their mobile numbers in the Aaykar Setu module.
The tax department, he said, has endeavoured to reduce interface and a lot of it has already happened.
“It also helps us in improving the image of the department. For the reason that one of the not so acceptable alibis given by those who don’t comply is we don’t comply because the harassment that compliance involves. Not that this reason has much reason in it, but today this reason gets eliminated more the interface is reduced,” he said.