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CBDT Imposes Strict Targets For CIT(A)’s To Dispose Pending Appeals And Offers Incentives For Passing Quality Orders

The CBDT has issued a Central Action Plan 2018-19 in which it is inter alia stated that there are 3,21,843 appeals pending before the CsIT(A) as on 01.04.2018. The demand involved in these appeals is a whopping Rs. 6.38 lakh crore.

In order to reduce the number of appeals pending before the CIT(A), the CBDT has issued a clear-cut action plan in which specific targets for disposal of appeals have been assigned. The CBDT has also offered incentives to CsIT(A) for passing “quality” orders. Incentives are offered where the CIT(A) enhances the assessment, strenghtens the stand of the AO or levies penalty u/s 271(1)(c) of the Act.

The AOs have been directed to make proper representation before the CIT(A) either by attending personally or by filing written submissions.

PCsIT and CCsIT have also been assigned responsibilities to ensure that the CsIT(A) and AOs discharge their duties in the manner envisaged by the CBDT

Pending Third Member Matters (As Of 16 July 2018)

This is the official list of the cases pending before the Third Members of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal as of 16.07.2018

Pending Special Bench Matters (As Of 16 July 2018)

This is the official list of the cases pending before the Special Benches of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal as of 16.07.2018

CBDT Cracks Whip & Specifies Time Limit For Withdrawal Of Low Tax Effect Appeals. PCsIT Directed To ‘Personally Ensure’ Compliance & Send Report

The CBDT is not content with enhancing the monetary limits for maintainability of appeals of the department. All Principal CsIT have been directed to ‘personally ensure’ that all appeals falling below the specified limits are withdrawn by 20th August 2018. The PCsIT have been directed to send a report giving details of their compliance

After Prime Minister Modi’s Promise, ITAT Circuit Bench At Varanasi Set Up On War Footing Despite Challenge By PIL

A new Circuit Bench at Varanasi has been set up to fulfill the promise made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the ITAT Bar Association, Allahabad, has challenged the setting up of the Circuit Bench on the ground inter alia that the pendency at Varanasi is very low and that unnecessary expenditure will be incurred on the infrastructure. It is also claimed that there is an acute shortage of Members at the Allahabad Bench and that a large number of cases are pending therein

ITAT Directive Reg Disposal Of Low-Tax Effect Appeals Of Dept

The ITAT Mumbai Bench has issued an important directive with a view to implementing Circular No. 03/2018 dated 11th July 2018 issued by the CBDT with respect to the dismissal of appeals of the department which are below the prescribed monetary limit

Law Ministry Invites Applications For Appointment To Posts Of Judicial & Accountant Members In ITAT

The Ministry of Law and Justice has issued a Circular dated 6th July 2018 by which it has invited applications from eligible candidates for appointment to the posts of Judicial and Accountant Members in the ITAT. There are 21 posts of Judicial Member and 16 posts of Accountant Member which are available for being filled up

ITAT Bids Farewell To Retiring Vice-President And Accountant Member

ITAT Bids Farewell To Retiring Vice-President And Accountant Member

CBDT Orders Reg Appointment Of Income Tax Officers As Assistant Commissioners Of Income Tax

The CBDT has issued two office Orders bearing Nos. 109 and 110 of 2018, both dated 12th July 2018, to state that the ad-hoc appointments of several Income Tax Officers to the grade of Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax has been extended by the Hon’ble President

CBDT Circular Explains Precise Scope Of Decision To Withdraw Low Tax Effect Appeals Of Dept

Further to the press release dated 11th July 2018 of the Ministry of Finance, the CBDT has issued Circular No 3/2018 dated 11th July 2018 by which the precise scope of the move to withdraw low tax effect appeals has been explained. In particular, the CBDT has explained the meaning of the term “tax effect”. It has also been considered whether the decision to withdraw appeals which are below the specified limits should be given prospective or retrospective effect. The exceptions to when appeals can be contested even when they are below the prescribed limits are also clearly specified

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