Profession Tax is a state-level tax that applies to salaried employees and professionals, including chartered accountants, lawyers and doctors. The following states impose this tax: Karnataka, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Orissa, Tripura and Madhya Pradesh. Registration is mandatory within 30 days of employing staff in a business or, in the case of professionals, 30 days from the start of the practice. This tax needs to be deducted from the salary or wages paid; the amount varies by state and amount, but is capped at Rs. 2500 per annum.
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You need to send in PAN cards, identity and address proofs of the proprietor/partners/directors. Details of your employees also need to be submitted.
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The Professional Tax application will be filed for all employees and submitted to respective authorities by our affiliate. Should all your documents be in order, this will take no longer than two working days.
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Within 5 to 7 working days, we will give you a basic acknowledgement. If the documents are not in order or the inspector asks for additional documents, the process will be completed as soon as you submit the additional documents. The hard copy is issued within 10 days in major cities, but would take 15 to 20 days elsewhere.
If you have employees in more than one state, you would need to get a Profession Tax Registration in each state. Even the rate at which it must be paid will vary. This makes it cumbersome for many small businesses to comply with. Do note, however, that many north Indian states do not levy Profession Tax at all.
The frequency of return filing depends on the state you're in. For example, in Maharashtra, returns can be filed annually if the liability is under Rs. 5000, quarterly if the liability is under Rs. 20,000 and monthly if it is above Rs. 20,000. However, in West Bengal, returns need only be filed once every year. This is the approach, in fact, many states are moving toward now.
A penalty of 10% of the amount owed can be imposed in Maharashtra in case of delayed payment of Profession Tax. A delay in obtaining the Enrollment Certificate will be charged at Rs. 2 per day.