The other department that is a very severe block is of course the notorious Income Tax department. The attitude of this department has to change diametrically opposite to what it is pursuing: that citizens do not want to pay tac and unless they harass them, tax collection would fall. Of course the primary purpose of this department's harassment of the citizen is to extract corruption for themselves. Recently I came across a case where my friend's chartered accountant submitted a tax return for my friend's company running a (genuine) loss of 5 lakhs; the deputy commissioner of income tax asked for a payment of Rs 1 lakh to him to accept the return without any question. My friend's chartered account explained to him that he is not a tax evader, and that he is genuinely in bad financial condition and so he can pay only 10 thousand rupees bribe. But the deputy commissioner said: 'What do you think, a deputy commissioner is so cheap? I won’t come down even by 1 Re. of my demand.' The friend and his CA could not meet his demand and they get an order from the deputy commissioner the next day that he has to pay 5 lakhs to the department. Even if my friend goes on appeal, first he has to pay and then go on appeal. And we know in our country how fast the courts/tribunals function and so my friend is in dire trouble. What to do with such people in IT department who are armed with power to penalize genuine citizens unjustly for their own selfish ends?
We need to look into the laws and rules that make these departments just to obstruct and coming in the way of India and Indians growing. We should remove laws and rules not just one law a day but a dozen and that too within days and not even weeks, on a priority basis for these two departments. more