The Income Tax Department has announced that it will bring up new ASKs (Aayakar Seva Kendra) soon in its endeavor to improve its services. ASKs were introduced by the tax department with the aim to make its services more accessible to common people. Now tax department will add 60 more centres to in several third tier cities like Goalpara, Morigaon, Siliguri, Haldia, Dharmapuri, Hardoi, Neemuch, Mandsar, Rewari, Sonepat, etc. covering areas from Assam to Madhya Pradesh. More than 300 ASKs are already operational in many prominent cities out of which 58 were added last year by the government.
CBDT has taken up the task of creating new ASKs on priority. CBDT has also asked the field offices of the tax department to create teams to undertake the task and speed up the process. This step will make common tax related services more accessible to the people. For those of you who do not know about ASK, here is a brief description about it:
ASK represents a new integrated problem solving approach of the Income Tax Department in the realm of citizen-centric service delivery.
All ASK centres have at least one stand-alone dedicated PC with internet connection. This facility can make all the services provided through e-portal of tax department available to the visiting taxpayers. They may include:
(a) PAN enquiry &, (b) Viewing of 26AS
You can visit http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/Documents/aayakar-seva-kendra-contact-details.pdf to find the location of ASK in your area.