The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is said to have turned proactive and asked its IT officers to regularly engage with top 100 tax payers in each range and understand their difficulties in paying the taxes. This follows a recent conference of CBDT members and IT Commissioners where solutions were discussed to enhance advance tax and overall revenue collections.
Advance tax is paid in installments every quarter by the assessees and September 15 is the due date for the second installment. However, the GST rollout has been a major disruptor in the market impacting revenues.
It is pointed out that in the past engagement with top tax payers was sporadic, but now CBDT has adopted a proactive approach and advised its officials for a continuous engagement so that the problems of top tax payers could be understood and they could be motivated to pay their taxes.
To ensure that this advice is strictly adhered to, the CBDT has asked IT Commissioners to send photographs of such meetings to the respective heads in CBDT as a proof of the meetings conducted by the officers.