December 2010

Orissa moves up on e-taxes curve

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Mastek solutions have helped Orissa Commercial Taxes Department to be positioned among the most IT-enabled departments in the state



With e-registration and filing of commercial taxes going live in Orissa, 1.3 lakh dealers and vendors stand to benefit

The Department of Commercial Tax of Orissa has launched the electronic filing of commercial tax returns and electronic application of registration for Tax Identification Number (TIN) and Small Registered Dealers Identification Number (SRIN) through its Website www.orissatax.gov.in. This service, coupled with the earlier launched electronic payment of taxes, empowers the manufacturers, dealers and merchants to regularly interact and transact with the Orissa Commercial Taxes Department from the comfort of their premises. The system was launched by Prafulla Chandra Ghadai, Finance and Excise Minister, Government of Orissa.

Orissa Commercial Taxes Department and its IT partner Mastek Ltd, a leading IT solutions player providing IP-led enterprise technology solutions to government, insurance and financial services organisations worldwide, have worked together to make this vision a reality. This launch is the culmination of creating a centralised solution, with centralised data and application connecting all Orissa Commercial Taxes Offices, to enable the provisioning of this electronic and real-time solution. Mastek has been supporting the Orissa Commercial Taxes Department to provide these innovative solutions since 2003. This has resulted in Orissa Commercial Taxes Department emerging as one of the most IT-enabled government departments in Orissa, and also an IT-mature department among peer departments in other states.

The solution brings about manifold benefits to the department as well as to dealers and merchants. It helps do away with the long queues and time spent at the department office, thereby increasing the convenience of dealers and merchants in their interaction with the department.

Speaking about the e-services initiative and electronic registration and returns-filing solution, Vilas Kanyal, Head, India & APAC, Mastek, said, “We are honoured to work with the Orissa Commercial Tax department. This front-office solution, combined with the back-office solution developed by us earlier, helps the department to reduce total turnaround time to deliver the registration certificate, collect tax returns and identify the defaulters. This solution also reduces manual record keeping and chances of error.”

Nikunja Bihari Dhal, Commissioner of Commercial Taxes, Government of Orissa said, “With the launch of the electronic filing of tax returns and registration, we have fulfilled the expectation of trades and individuals. The e-services initiative also takes us a step closer in preparation of the upcoming GST regime. Mastek team has designed, developed and implemented this solution. They continue to work with us since 2003 to transform the tax administration system in the state, right from sales tax regime to value added tax regime.”

Kanyal added, “The Mastek team has worked closely with the department for this milestone achievement which will result in complete transparency of interactions and transactions and will enable the dealers, manufacturers and merchants to focus more on their respective businesses and contribute to the growth of Orissa's economy.”

With its principal offshore delivery facility based in Mumbai, Mastek operates across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions.

With over 20 years of in-depth government and public sector domain experience, Mastek collaboratively works with the central, state and public sector units, offering innovative IT solutions in niche segments in the government vertical. These include tax administration, public distribution, social justice, prison management, education and social enterprise management.

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