Arun Jaitley launches SMS alert service for TDS in case of salaried tax payers

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today launched ‘SMS Alert Service’, another e-initiative by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in Delhi. He stressed on Government’s commitment towards continuously upgrading tax payer services.

The new step is an effort by the Income Tax Department to directly communicate deposit of tax deducted, through SMS alerts to salaried taxpayers, at the end of every quarter. In case of a mismatch, they can contact their deductor for necessary correction.

Simultaneously, SMS alerts will also be sent to deductors who have either failed to deposit taxes deducted or to e-file their TDS returns by the due date.

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This initiative will initially benefit approximately 2.5 crore salary cases. The CBDT will soon extend this facility to another 4.4 crore non-salaried taxpayers.  The frequency of SMS alerts will be increased, once the process for filing TDS returns is streamlined to receive such information on a real-time basis.

All taxpayers who wish to receive such SMS alerts are advised to update their mobile numbers in their e-filing account.