The Western Maharashtra Tax Practitioner's Association (formerly known as The ITSTP Association) was formed in 1950 with the object to study the complicated provisions of various taxation laws and to resolve common problem faced by the tax professional. Association is presently having about 1200 members consisting of Tax consultants, advocates, chartered accountants & cost accountants who are practicing in taxation laws. All these are collectively known as "TAX PRACTITIONERS". The association is meant to discuss common problems of tax professionals & find the solution for the problems faced by them by way of representing legal, procedural and administrative issues to the Commissioner of Sales Tax and Finance Minister of Maharashtra as well as Central government. The business community many times enjoy the fruits of this representation.
The WMTPA is governed by its own constitution and is registered with the Charity Commissioner and also under the Societies Act. The elected President, Officer Bearers and members of the Managing Committee conduct the activities of the Association.
The association conducts fortnightly study circle meetings, seminars & residential refresher courses. The association publishes regularly monthly journal viz. "Tax Tribune, News & Views" consisting of articles on burning tax related issues, amendments, case laws, etc.. This monthly magazines has become the mouthpiece of this association. Association organises every year one national outstation seminar and one international seminar. Earlier the association had limited jurisdiction area of Pune city only. From 2004 it has expanded its wings from Pune to whole of the western Maharashtra region. Now the Association has members from Sangli, Satara, Karad, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Chiplun also. The profession of taxation has not remained only as income tax, Company Law, Partnership Act but also other taxes such as newly implemented GST.
During the year 2016-17 Association had organised national tax conference on GST at Pune, jointly with All India Federation of Tax Practitioners, Western Zone & The Sales Tax practitioners Association of Maharashtra & won the award as 'Best Organiser'.
The WMTPA has promoted number of members as speakers in the area of their interest. The association has good team of experts & speakers on various taxation subjects. Our members have delivered lectures on taxation, accounting and related issues in number of seminars, study circles. Some of our members have educated the staff of the sales tax department, on earlier vat and on the newly introduced GST Act which is introduced in July 2017. Some of our members were on VAT panel of Maharashtra Sales Tax Department. Many of our members are called by sales tax & income tax department at the time of drafting new proposals & procedures in the Act. The association is proud to have such professionals, as our members.
The WMTPA every year organise "Certificate course in tax laws” for the new comers in tax practice and till February 2018 Association has conducted eleven certificate courses in last eleven years. More than 1200 students have taken benefit of Certificate Course and most of them are practicing in Taxation field. The association had first published member's directory in the year 2008 & due to increase in the strength of members, the association had published 2nd edition of members directory in the year 2013. Association has already issued identity card to its life as well as general members".
The association provides the library facility for the benefits of its members, wherein there is availability of various reference books on taxation and other allied laws. Our library cum reading room is known as "S A Birajdar Reading Room", which is well furnished and well equipped with books on all direct and indirect tax. The association presently has a well-furnished and well equipped Air-conditioned hall of 150 sitting capacity in which Association arranges study circle, certificate course & seminars. During the year 2017-18 Association has purchased two new offices having approx. area of 200 sq ft each in the leadership of President Mr Narendra Sonwane,
Members can also login to the website 'www.thewmtpa.org'. It contains the monthly tax Tribune, Association News, Trade Circulars, Acts, Rules, Notifications, DDQs, and Important Judgments etc. Members can also get information about forthcoming events of the Association & latest updates on direct and indirect taxes. A link to various acts like GST, Income Tax has also been provided on website and member can log in through our website.
Narendra K. Sonawane - President
Atul V. Kulkarni - Vice-President