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Fake TaxPayers' Charter of India Circulating on Social Media


It is clarified that a document in the name of TaxPayers' Charter of India is circulating in social media which is fake. Interestingly, a reputed website on taxation has also uploaded the same which is now removed after informing the same.

PIB Fact Check, in a tweet, has clarified that the document so circulated is a Taxpayers' Charter of a foreign country and not of India.

The Prime Minister’s speech on 13th August 2020 has shared the government’s reforms on the tax front which includes the Taxpayers Charter.

While presenting the Union Budget 2020, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman announced that Taxpayers Charter will be enshrined into the law and accordingly a new section 119A is inserted in the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Taxpayers’ Charter announced in the Budget will have statutory status and it will “empower” citizens by ensuring time-bound services by the Income-Tax Department.

This is the first time when the Taxpayers' Charter will be enshrined into the law itself. After the budget presentation, during a press conference, the Finance Minister told the reporters that only three countries have done this before, the US, Canada, and Australia. 

Outline of India's TaxPayers' Charter so far released. In a tweet, the Office of Finance Minster stated that "The Taxpayers Charter is a landmark document that not only spells out the various commitments made to the taxpayer, but also highlights the taxpayer’s obligations associated with those commitments."

Read More on Taxpayers Charter here.

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