Pranab dedicates I-T returns data centre to the nation

Says revenue from 3G auction will help in reducing fiscal deficit

Pranab dedicates I-T returns data centre to the nation

The CPC commenced operations in June 2009. It was conceptualised to address the problems faced by the income tax (I-T)department in the processing of returns. In the facility, the functions of the department were automated with the use of information technology.

This was done to  facilitate day to day operations, increase the department’s efficiency and enable better services. The unit at present is processing returns at an average rate of 20,000 a day, has a new concept of remote storage of records and a 24-hour call centre to handle queries. Till date, more than  eight lakh returns have been processed and  refunds have been issued in 59,000 cases. Infosys Technologies was selected as the vendor to provide end to end technology solutions for the venture. Speaking on the occasion, Mukherjee said, “It is a remarkable achievement and tremendous change has taken place in this sector in the last three and a half decades. This initiative is beneficial to both the tax payer and the income tax department.”

He added that the I-T department, however,  faces a challenge of educating its staff and the tax payers in the use of this facility. In the coming months, the CPC will focus on completing the processing of all e-filed returns for the year 2009-10, and on the issue of refunds.  Addressing the media on the sidelines of the function, Mukherjee said that revenues from 3G spectrum auction would help in reducing the fiscal deficit. He added, “I think we should come back to the path of fiscal consolidation at the earliest. I hope to contain the fiscal deficit within the target given in the budget.” He also announced the setting up of two more CPCs in Pune and Maneshar in Haryana.

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