Finance Minister Announces Quarterly SMS Alert Service for Government/ Private Employees to get updates when Employer deposits Salary TDS
Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley has launched Quarterly SMS Alert Service for Government/ Private Employees to get updates when Employer deposits Salary TDS, as a measure of better tax payer services/ direct tax reforms. While launching the service he reiterated that:
i) better facilities and services to the taxpayers are the central to Direct Tax Reforms
ii) tax payers have a right to know the deductions made from their salary/ income on regular basis
iii) more and more tax payer services have to be provided in order to make the people tax compliant
Besides he stressed on the Government’s commitment towards continuously upgrading tax payer services.
The new step is an effort by the CBDT/ Income Tax Department to directly communicate deposit of tax deducted, through SMS alerts to salaried taxpayers, at the end of every quarter. In case of a mismatch, they can contact their deductor for necessary correction. Simultaneously, SMS alerts will also be sent to deductors who have either failed to deposit taxes deducted or to e-file their TDS returns by the due date.
This initiative will initially benefit approximately 2.5 crore salaried cases. The CBDT will soon extend this facility to another 4.4 crore non-salaried taxpayers. The frequency of SMS alerts will be increased, once the process for filing TDS returns is streamlined to receive such information on a real-time basis.
All taxpayers who wish to receive such SMS alerts are advised to update their mobile numbers in their e-filing account.