14-point taxman's charter comes with 6 points for citizens

14-point taxman's charter comes with 6 points for citizens

The income tax department was committed to treat every taxpayer as honest, unless proven otherwise, and provide fair, courteous and reasonable treatment, according to the taxpayers' charter adopted on Thursday.

The charter also expects taxpayers to pay taxes on time and be honest and compliant.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the platform 'Transparent Taxation -- Honoring the Honest' which provides for launch of faceless assessment and adoption of a taxpayers' charter which defines the commitment of the tax department and the expectation from the taxpayers.

The tax officers will now be committed to a 14-point charter, which includes collecting "only the (tax) amount due" as per the law, while taxpayers would have to be "responsible" and fulfill six-point expectations of the I-T department, including being honest and compliant.

In the Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced that the Central Board of Direct Taxes will adopt a "taxpayers' charter" which will ensure trust between a taxpayer and the administration and reduce harassment, as well as increase efficiency of the department.