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“The dy­namic al­lo­ca­tion of cases would be be skill­based, lo­ca­tion-based, etc,” Kr­ish­na­murthi said.

Sources, in the I-T depart­ment re­veal that in the man­ual sys­tem, the of­fi­cials of­ten in con­nivance with the in­ter­me­di­aries, touts and char­tered ac­coun­tants played around the sys­tem to lower the tax­a­tion li­a­bil­i­ties of an as­sesse in ex­change for grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

There were even com­plaints about un­nec­es­sary ha­rass­ment of gen­uine tax pay­ers await­ing for her/his tax re­turns. The in­sid­ers claim that though au­to­ma­tion has re­duced in­stances of cor­rup­tion in re­cent years, the process has been very slow.

Ex­perts point out that a sim­i­lar ini­tia­tive in the pass­port depart­ment in the past few years has helped in trans­form­ing the en­tire sys­tem, as a re­sult of which now a pass­port is de­liv­ered within days in­stead of months ear­lier.

As per the data avail­able with the govern­ment, the tax col­lec­tions in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly from Rs 6.38 lakh crore in 2013-14 to al­most Rs 12 lakh crore this year.

The num­ber of re­turns filed have also in­creased from 3.79 crore to 6.85 crore, show­ing 80% growth in tax base. Last year, 99.54% of the in­come-tax re­turns were ac­cepted as they were filed.

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