Fintotal News Analysis | Avail taxman’s services at your doorstep
Avail taxman’s services at your doorstep
Ruby Jacob, 30 Jul 2012

Income Tax department has two more goodies for taxpayers. It has launched Register for Home Visit and Online Tax Help initiative to the aid of small and marginal tax payers. You're right, now you can get help from taxmen online or even your home for a small fee!

If you get stuck while filing your tax returns you can drop a query and get it resolved by an expert either on phone or by email within 24 hours- that is the I-T department's promise. All you got to do is fill in the online form at http://www.trpscheme.com/trp/index_home.jsp with query on preparing income tax returns or preparing TDS statement and leave your contact details.

For the first time ever you can have an I-T dept authorized expert visit your home and resolve your I-T return filing related query or TDS statement preparation related query. The expert can charge a maximum fee of Rs 250. You can register for the Home Visit service at the Tax Return Preparer (TRP) site link given above and fill in the online form indicating nature of query, contact details and convenient date and time for the visit.  In this phase, facility for home visit by TRPs has been made available in Bangalore, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Patna. The facility would be extended to more cities during the next phase.

This is definitely a friendly initiative for taxpayers given that CAs charge nearly Rs 1,000 for assistance in filing ITR forms. For more details on the initiative you can dial the call centre at 1800-10-23738. For the TRP scheme around 5000 TRPs will be trained and equipped. The TRPs are self employed graduates who are trained by the Income Tax Department for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as quarterly TDS statements. The Department pays incentive to the TRPs for preparing of returns of tax payers which is a percentage of the total tax paid as per the returns prepared by the TRP subject to a maximum of Rs 1000.

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