e-governance boost for traders
PATNA: Bihar on Thursday joined the select league of the country’s states where e-governance has become the operative norm to handle matters related to inter-state and other trade and business activities by their respective commercial taxes department (CTD), as its CTD also started the online issuance of statutory C-Form to conduct inter-state trade activities by traders in compliance with the statutory norm.
Inaugurating the launch of the online issuance of statutory C-Form here, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, who also heads the CTD, said. “Most of our services have become online. The most satisfying part of the Bihar’s e-governance story in CTD is that we are the first in the eastern region, and also ahead of Uttar Pradesh (UP).”
With this, the Bihar traders engaged in inter-state trade would be able to download the statutory C-Form from the official website of CTD www.biharcommercialtax.gov.in after fulfilling certain conditions online. As many as 11,000 computer-enabled traders, each with annual tax liability of more than at least Rs 50,000, would be able to avail themselves of the new facility. “If they conduct inter-state trade using C-Form, then they would have to pay only 2% central sales tax (CST). Otherwise, they would have to pay the existing 10-12% tax rate,” Modi said
Bihar Industries Association (BIA) president K P S Kesri and Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries (Bpresident O P Sah were among those who hailed the latest development. The related software has been prepared by TCS, and its five personnel would be available in the department to solve the initial teething problems faced by traders during the next three months.
In Bihar, the computer-enabled traders have already been making e-payment of taxes, filing e-returns, and the details of goods carried on trucks by way of road permit are also uploaded for cross-checking by officials armed with laptops at check posts, Modi said.
According to him, the online issuance of the mandatory C-Form would make things transparent, eliminate human intervention which earlier led to harassment of traders by CTD officials and also end corruption, apart from augmenting tax collection by the department. As Modi said, e-governance had already increased tax collection by the department over the last five financial years.
During the current financial year itself, the department had collected Rs 3,228.05 crore against the target of Rs 3,274.08 crore till August 31. “The achievement of the department is 96.6%. The tax collected till August 31 this year is 25.79% more than the amount collected during the corresponding period last financial year,” Modi said.