State to facilitate e-filing of returns, e-payment of
The Karnataka government would take measures to
facilitate electronic filing of returns, electronic
payment of taxes, and put in place electronic capture
and verification of returns and movement of goods.
These measures are aimed
at improving tax compliance and make tax administration more effective and
efficient, to give a fillip to revenue collection, according to the Medium Term
Fiscal Plan 2010-2014 tabled in the ongoing session of the Karnataka Legislative
Assembly. Various e-governance initiatives to reduce physical interaction
between the taxpayers and the Government and to enhance revenue collections by
making it simpler for citizens to pay their taxes are being undertaken.
“Online payment of taxes would save time, provide convenient service to the
taxpayer, and at the same time reduce the cost of collection of taxes,” the MTFP
said. A suitable mechanism would be designed to reduce interpretational issues
at different levels and to provide a congenial atmosphere for increased
A comprehensive capacity building programme would be taken up to enhance the
capability of the officers.
On the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST), the MTFP said the important
concern of the state government is regarding revenue neutral rate for the State
GST, which is proposed to be on an all state aggregate basis. “Karnataka having
achieved the highest tax effort as a percentage of GSDP, may suffer revenue
losses under the uniform state GST rate in the medium term as was experienced
under the VAT,” it said.
Business Standard, India, dated