Re­frain from high-pitched scru­tiny: CBDT to tax­men

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - HT BUSINESS -

Seek­ing to usher in a non-ad­ver­sar­ial tax regime, the Cen­tral Board of Di­rect Taxes has asked of­fi­cials to re­frain from high-pitched tax as­sess­ments with­out proper ba­sis and deal with as­sessees in a time-bound man­ner.

The CBDT also asked all its of­fi­cials to main­tain clean­li­ness in of­fice and punc­tu­al­ity in ap­point­ments while avoid­ing un­nec­es­sary ad­journ­ments.

Though less that 1% of re­turns filed are se­lected for scru­tiny, this area of work has of­ten drawn ad­ver­sar­ial com­ments.

Su­per­vi­sory of­fi­cers have been di­rected to play a more pro-ac­tive role in mon­i­tor­ing as­sess­ments to en­sure that lengthy ques­tion­naires or sum­mons with­out due ap­pli­ca­tion of mind are avoided.

Tax­men have also been asked to en­sure that in­spec­tions and reviews are done ac­cord­ing to guide­lines is­sued to en­able ca­pac­ity build­ing within the depart­ment and ac­count­abil­ity of of­fi­cers.

Rev­enue sec­re­tary Shak­tikanta Das had main- tained that the key ob­jec­tive of the IT depart­ment is to foster a trans­par­ent non-ad­ver­sar­ial tax regime while re­duc­ing the in­ter­face be­tween tax of­fi­cials and as­sessees. “We want full trans­parency and non-ad­ver­sar­ial tax regime,” Das told HT ear­lier.

Sev­eral dis­cus­sions have also been held be­tween the CBDT and the Cen­tral Board of Ex­cise and Cus­toms (CBEC) on the is­sue. All su­per­vi­sory au­thor­i­ties have been di­rected to en­able an ef­fec­tive grievance-re­dres­sal sys­tem in their ju­ris­dic­tions while ad­her­ing to time­lines.

Ac­cord­ing to a fi­nance min­istry state­ment, se­nior of­fi­cers have been di­rected to en­sure that ap­peals are filed only on the mer­its and not merely on the tax ef­fect in­volved. “Cases have sep­a­rately been brought to the at­ten­tion of of­fi­cers wherein tri­bunals / courts have com­mented ad­versely on frivolous fil­ing of ap­peals,” the state­ment said.

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