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 Deadline for linking Aadhaar and PAN extended to December 31

NEW DELHI: There is good news for taxpayers as the income tax department has extended the deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar by 4 months to December 31. The department had earlier said that tax returns filed without linking of Aadhaar and PAN would not be taken up for processing unless the two were linked by August 31, 2017. more..

 After implementing GST, government moves to rework direct taxes

NEW DELHI: After indirect taxes, the government has now set its sights on overhauling the 56-year-old direct taxes law covering income and corporation tax as it seeks to make the Indian regime more contemporary and tailor it to current requirements. more..

 Govt extends GST return filing deadline for cos who want to claim credit for past taxes

The deadline for first GST Return, GSTR- 3B, has been extended (states are still coming up with Notifications) to August 28 from its original deadline of August 20. However, one must keep in mind that this is only for taxpayers who opt to use the opening balance of pre-GST credit in the current month. more..

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    Why One tax?

    Why One tax?


    India Tax Payer has been spearheading this movement for one tax for the entire government. In order to understand why one tax, we need to first appreciate why we have something called as tax.

    Tax is the means of funding to Government objectives.
    A short definition. But pretty appropriate. In the beginning, tax was simple and straight. Just did not require so many forms to file a tax return! Indian taxation during pre-British period was simple. One sixth of what you make goes to the government. Things were simple and easy for the poor tax payer. And there was but one single Tax to be paid.
    Governments became complicated. They wanted to support some and oppose others. So they taxed all those people they were not getting along well. It could be some products that they did not want to encourage; some products they wanted to encourage. They taxed those products that affected the livelihood of people. These were all mostly positive taxes helping equality in society. Of course, there were others that were meant to discourage people whom the Governments did not like. This could be religion, location and may have many other basis; based on mere fancies of the ruler.
    So slowly and steadily, the Governments in their complexity, followed the Parkinson's law of complicating things as time passes. As Einstein once said, "The hardest thing to understand in the world is the Income Tax", taxes grew so complex that you needed tax specialists to understand, implement, collect, bargain and at the end of it, litigate!
    When Governments moved from monarchies and anarchies to more people friendly democracies, tax reforms were a part of the exercise. People wanted it to be simple and straight, so that even a common man can understand what he has to pay. Tax laws with minimal or no ambiguity was sought after. And therefore, every country that was interested in easing the life of its people, ushered in Unified Tax Codes and Tax Payers Bill Of Rights. To Read More