Having achieved 100 per cent e-filing of returns, the State Government has taken the next logical step of introducing ‘e-payment’ to all its registered VAT dealers.
e-payment has been made mandatory for all TIN dealers from September 1. It was formally launched at a function here on Tuesday.
According to the Finance Minister, Dr Thomas Isaac, the computerisation process as part of the modernisation plans has been apace in Department of Commercial Taxes.
The State introduced e-filing of monthly returns to all dealers from January 1. Just as it was first State to embark on e-filing, Kerala will be first again to roll out e-payment facility to all its VAT dealers, the Minister said.
Presumptive tax and advance tax have been temporarily taken out of the purview of e-payment facility.
Dealers can now remit tax through online e-payment along with the e-return, said Mr P. Mara Pandiyan, Joint Commissioner, Commercial Taxes.
Data security, including that of the payment transaction, is ensured through SSL certification. STQC, a Government of India agency, has audited and certified the ‘KVATIS’ Web application. A Verisign SSL certification wraps up the layer-by-layer safety net.
e-payment is easy and transparent, simplifying the reconciliation procedure, Mr Mara Pandiyan said. It uses modern techniques of computerisation to transfer the monthly tax amount due directly from the dealer’s account or a dealer authorised account to the Government account.
Tie-up with banks
The Commercial Taxes Department has tied with State Bank of India (SBI) and State Bank of Travancore (SBT) for the e-payment facility.
This is sought to be achieved through the integration of Web sites of the Commercial Taxes Department and the respective banks.
e-payment has been made mandatory for all the TIN dealers from September. The submission of e-returns would be complete only if the monthly tax amount due has been paid through the e-payment facility.
For using the facility, an internet banking account is mandatory for all the TIN registered dealers. The required user id and password would be issued by the bank to those who possess an internet banking account.
Those dealers who already have an account with SBI or SBT need not open a new account. Even otherwise, zero balance account facility is available with both banks. The dealer can approach the nearest branch for opening the account.
The registered TIN dealers can login to www.keralataxes.gov.in using the user id and password obtained from the department, file their e-return using the ‘file return’ link available in the home page, and enter their return details.
Sales statement can be uploaded using the ‘upload sales invoice’ link and purchase statement using the ‘upload purchase invoice’ link available in the home page.
If the dealer is not liable to pay any tax, he can proceed by clicking on the ‘print return’ link, select the return for the respective month, check the ‘I accept’ check-box, and click on the ‘submit’ button to complete the e-filing process.