Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has said that e-filing of tax returns will be started in all districts to intensify sales tax collection.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, the Minister said that an information system on the goods brought to the State would be updated in the next three months for better tax assessment. Lack of proper scrutiny of the returns was due to non-availability of detailed data.

The Minister said that as part of updating the returns filed by the traders, he would conduct review meetings in each district.

The Commercial Taxes Department was unable to scrutinise the returns filed by traders due its present style of functioning. Hereafter, each file would be scrutinised and information collected on the quantity of goods brought by traders to the State.

The returns filed in the last three years would be checked to find tax evasion. The validation of accounts for scientific scrutiny would be completed in three months, he said.

Dr. Isaac said shops and business establishments would be checked if traders were found guilty of tax evasion. The issue would be taken up with the organisations of traders as they had declared that they would not support those members indulging in tax evasion.

The department had sent a demand note of Rs.21 crore to the steel smelting units in Palakkad in the aftermath of the raids conducted on them for tax evasion earlier, Dr. Isaac said.

The Minister said though there was 4 per cent tax on gold sale, the government had asked jewellers to pay a compound rate of 1 per cent. A good number of jewellers were following this system to pay tax.