Arun Jaitley launches SMS alert service for TDS deductions

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday launched the SMS alert service for Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) for salaried class and the CBDT will soon offer this facility on a monthly basis. As many as 2.5 crore salaried tax payers will now receive SMS alerts from the Income Tax department regarding their quarterly TDS deductions. Briefing reporters about the facility, Jaitley said salaried class cannot afford to pay tax twice or indulge in litigations and hence they should be kept updated about their TDS deductions.

“Hence tax payers will benefit if they receive information through use of technology. So they can match the office salary slip and the SMS and at the end of the fiscal he will be clear about any possible tax dues,” Jaitley said.

He asked the CBDT to work towards making the grievance redressal system for TDS mismatch online so that there is no interface between the tax payer and the tax department. Jaitley said e-Nivaran is working well for tax payers and the CBDT is taking several tax payer friendly initiave. The CBDT will soon extend this SMS facility to another 4.4 crore non-salaried tax payers.

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