The CBDT that frame policies for the Income Tax Department, is examining a report that proposes to facilitate honest and consistent taxpayers in availing a variety of public services and tax related works on priority, a top official has said.

The CBDT has constituted a committee in this context, which has submitted its report and recommendations. A proposal is under consideration as to how we can benefit our honest taxpayers. It has been communicated by the Finance Minister in his budget speech that honest taxpayers will definitely be getting advantages from the I-T department. A committee had been set up and it has given a report. The CBDT is examining the report.

PTI had reported last month that as part of this proposal, it was being mulled that honest taxpayers were empowered to get “priority services” while using public services at airports, railway stations and at highway toll plazas. PM Narendra Modi, during a conference with senior tax officers last year, had urged the department to enhance the taxpayer’s services and ensure that the honest taxpayers were given due importance. It was proposed that the taxpayers who were consistently paying their taxes or even just filing their tax returns might be hosted at civic receptions held by prominent government functionaries and honored publicly, a senior official has said. A few years back, the board had started a process by which diligent taxpayers were sent “thank you” or appreciation notes through e mail under the name of CBDT Chairman. It was proposed to take this initiative forward, the official said.

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