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Evaluation of E-VAT Filing System

This is the computer age. Humans have been inventing new and new technology and techniques to make things easy for him. By the invention of new technologies in transportation like efficient cars, aircrafts, ships etc. helped in concurring great distances even to moon and outer space. One of such great piece of technology is the computers. Computers were invented more than a decade ago. Computers have increased the thinking power of a human being. These electronic slaves have tremendously reduced the work load on a human being. Another such great invention is the connectivity or simply the internet. Internet helps a man to sit in his home or office but can be in touch with the entire world. Internet provides services like online shopping selling. E-governance is one of the important applications of internet. 'E-Governance' is a network of organizations to include government, nonprofit, and private-sector entities. In E-governance there are no distinct boundaries. There are different ways how government does E-governance in a state or country. E-Government is creating a comfortable, transparent, and cheap interaction between government and citizens, government and business enterprises. Online Vat filing is a type of E-Governance. With this system a trader can file his returns online avoiding tedious and time consuming paperwork. Initially a trader has to go to the taxes department for all the tax payment process. With this facility a trader can sit in his office or home for filing the returns. Kerala is the first state in India to facilitate E-filing of VAT returns to all dealers having VAT Registration. Introduced by the Commercial Taxes Department, Government of Kerala, E-filing facility of VAT Returns is available to all VAT dealers. All the

managerial support for this system implementation is provided by Kerala state it mission. Kerala State Information Technology Mission (KSITM) is a Society registered under the Travancore Cochin Literary Scientific & Charitable Societies Registration Act. It is an autonomous nodal IT implementation agency for Department of Information Technology, Government of Kerala which provides managerial support to various initiatives of the Department. The E-vat filing system was introduced by the Commercial Taxes Institute of Management in Kerala 1

Evaluation of E-VAT Filing System

Department; Government of Kerala for all VAT dealers, from January 2009.VAT dealers can remit tax through online E-Payment along with the E-return. For those dealers who cannot utilize this option or for people with less experience or knowledge about online transactions, another facility is introduced to E-File their returns through the selected Akshaya Centers in Kerala at free of cost. The E-Payment facility uses the modern techniques of Computerization to transfer the Monthly Tax amount due, directly from the Account of the Dealer or Dealer Authorized Account to the Government account. This is a simple and transparent facility which ensures online transactions on safe and secure mode. In-order to facilitate E-Payment, the Commercial Taxes Department has made a tie with State Bank of India and State Bank of Travancore. This facility is achieved through the Integration of websites of The Commercial Taxes Department and the respective Banks. For ensuring security of the website of the Commercial Taxes Department, site auditing has been completed by STQC, a Govt. of India agency. Besides this, the VeriSign SSL Certification ensures the safety of the monetary transactions. The Registered TIN dealers can login to the website of the Department www.keralataxes.gov.in, using the User ID and Password obtained from the Department of Commercial Taxes, and 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...
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