The Income Tax department has launched an ambitious drive to bring in its net one crore new taxpayers after the government recently asked it to achieve the target by March next year. It is a part of the government’s initiative to broaden the tax base. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex IT policy making body has activated all field formations of the department to achieve the goal. The Pune region being given the maximum target of bringing in over 10 lakh new assesses.
The CBDT order lays down region-wise targets. Pune leads the list with a target of over 10.14 lakh new assesses, north western states over 9.30 lakh new assesses, and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will have to contribute 7.93 lakh new taxpayers.
The tax department has a total of 18 regions for revenue collection under I-T, Wealth Tax, and advance tax.