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The web site for the Directorate of Commercial Taxes
Institution: Directorate of Commercial Taxes, Government of West Bengal
Theme: Institution and HR Management
Implementation Date: Oct 08, 2005
Summary: The Directorate of Commercial Taxes is the largest revenue earning setup of the Government of West Bengal. The functions of the Directorate of Commercial Taxes are the qualification of tax liability and collection of tax.

The Commercial Tax Information System has been implemented by the Directorate to augment revenue and minimize evasion of tax. It covers functional areas of registration of dealers, monitoring payments, imports, corridor movement, and accounting in Profession Tax etc. along with other utility reports.

The Directorate has now made available all application forms for sales tax registration of dealers. A single data model has enabled the Directorate to have all the information about the dealers at one place. The Directorate can closely monitor the dealers, particularly those who engage in large volume trading.

The procedure for obtaining waybills from the Directorate has been simplified so as to enable the dealers to obtain the same from the appropriate authority without any hassle.

Most of the major check-posts are now connected with the central system through leased lines and can access data on-line. The traders and professionals having their business or place of work in the state have the benefit of applying for enrollment under the Profession Tax Act online. Since information is on a central location, the hardcopy details of pre and post-payment information need not be moved physically.

Profession Taxpayers can submit enrollment application forms and challans on-line. The database has about 12.5 million records and is approximately 1000 GB in size. All Sales Tax related applications are running on a single system.
Among other benefits, West Bengal Commercial Tax Directorate has been able to detect frauds worth substantial amount by processing payment challans and waybills. Due to the centralization of data, mismatch cases of transit document have gone down substantially.
The system has thus ensured, inter alia:
• Improved transaction processing (reduced processing time)
• Faster and accurate data retrieval
• Introduction of transparency in the system
• Better control and supervision
• Security checks
• Easier and efficient record keeping
• Augmentation of revenue through provision of critical data to the revenue officers
• Identification of tax defaulters and generation of necessary reports
• Provision of the facility for online application for enrollment by professionals
• Integrating the organization geographically and functionally


Source: E-government Toolkit for Developing Countries, UNESCO
Project Home URL: http://www.wbcomtax.nic.in/

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