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Excise Commissionerate plans awareness programmes

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C. Rajendiran, Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax, Coimbatore, speaking at a management development programme organised by the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Coimbatore on Friday.

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Commissionerate for Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax will organise four programmes in 2011-12 to sensitise the industry here to audit procedures.

Inaugurating a Management Development Programme, organised here on Friday by the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Central Excise and Service Tax, the Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise, and Service Tax, Coimbatore, C. Rajendiran, said the audit awareness programmes would be conducted jointly with the industrial associations to create awareness on audit procedures, computer-aided audit, rights and obligations of the industries.

The tax-payer database would increase 10-fold when the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be implemented. “We need to have an automated environment, and should be clear on rules and procedures to cut costs and save time. We are preparing for the GST challenges.” ACES (Automation of Central Excise and Service Tax), which had nine modules, would be the foundation for GST implementation.

Coimbatore was a top performer at the national-level in e-filing of tax returns. A study by the commissionerate showed that of the 1,500 returns filed, 1,200 had a system to manage their data. The tax compliance level and adaptability to change was high here.

Another programme that the commissionerate planned to organise was to handhold new service providers and central excise registrants.

K. Saraswathi, Secretary General of the Chamber, said the association was conducting reach out programmes for industries outside Chennai too.

It had expertise for finance and tax-related issues. The chamber was also setting up a skill development centre.

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