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After Rap By President Kovind, CBDT Warns Sr. Officers Against Harassment, Misconduct & High-Handedness Of Hapless Taxpayers

The CBDT has issued a sternly worded directive dated 16th April 2018 stating that a number of complaints are being received in the Tax Payer Services Directorate regarding harassment, misconduct and high handedness of Officers and staff.

It is stated that such incidents damage the image and reputation of the Income Tax Department and dent the efforts of the Department to position itself as a service oriented organization.

All officers and staff have been instructed to deal with the public not only with administrative efficiency but also with the requisite soft skills.

It is stated that the behaviour needs to be impeccable not only in the performance of their official duties but also decorous outside the office.

The provocation for the directive appears to be the reprimand issued by Hon’ble President Kovind that the income-tax department is a “service provider” which should be “sensitive to the demands and dignity of the person”.

Tax payer is your partner, not your adversary,” the Hon’ble President reminded the income-tax department

Tax Refund Scam By Bogus CA | CBDT Warns Salaried Taxpayers Not To Claim Fraudulent Exemptions Etc & Under-Report Income

The recent Tax Refund Scam involving a bogus Chartered Accountant and several employees of reputed companies such as IBM, Vodafone, Saplabs, Biocon, Infosys, ICICI Bank, CISCO, Thomson Reuters has spooked the CBDT.

The employees had, on the advice of the bogus CA, filed nearly 1000 returns and made fradulent claims of refunds aggregating Rs. 18 crore.

The CPC has now issued an advisory stating that the Income Tax Department has an extensive risk analysis system aimed at identifying persons who are non-compliant and aim to subvert the trust based system envisioned while processing of ITRs at CPC Bangalore. In all such cases of high risk, the Department may examine and verify the details submitted by taxpayers in their ITR,subsequent to processing of returns in CPC.

It is warned in clear terms that if the Department notices any fraudulent claims in the returns, such tax payers may be punishable under various provisions of the Income Tax Act. This may also delay issuance of refunds in such cases.

CBI Arrests ‘Habitually Corrupt’ IRS Officer And ‘CAs’ For Taking Bribe Of Rs. 40 Lakh

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a press release dated 12th April 2018 stating that an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer who is presently posted as Commissioner of Income-tax and two “Advocates and Chartered Accountants” have been arrested for demanding a bribe of Rs. 40 lakh for passing a favourable order.

Transfer Of ITAT Member (April 2018)

The Hon’ble President of the ITAT has issued an order dated 10th April 2018 stating that Shri Sabeer Singh Godara, Judicial Member, ITAT, Ahmedabad Benches, Ahmedabad, is transferred in the same capacity to ITAT, Kolkata Benches, Kolkata, in public interest, with effect from 23th April 2018 (F/N)

Book Release: Law, Practice, Procedure and Conventions In The ITAT + Frequently Asked Questions

ITAT Bar Association, Mumbai, and the All India Federation of Tax Practitioners have jointly published a Book titled “Income Tax Appellate Tribunal – A Fine Balance – Law, Practice, Procedure and Conventions – Frequently asked questions”, dedicated to Padmavibhushan Late Dr. N. A. Palkhivala, Sr. Advocate

CBDT Order Of Posting Assistant Commissioners Of Income-tax (ACsIT)

The CBDT has issued Order No. 54 of 2018 dated 6th April 2018 whereby several Assistant Commissioners of Income-tax in the pay matrix Rs. 56,100-1,77,500 on completion of training at National Academy of Direct Taxes are posted in the region of Pr. CCIT (CCA) indicated against each of them with immediate effect and until further orders

CBDT Stipulates Tight Time Frame For AOs & CsIT(A) In Central Action Plan

The CBDT has issued a document titled the “Central Action Plan” in which time limits have been prescribed for various activities to be done by the AOs and CsIT(A) in the first quarter (April 2018 to June 2018) of FY 2018-19.

The CBDT has inter alia stipulated that disposal of assessments in at least 25 cases (20 in International Taxation cases) per Assessing Officer of limited scrutiny, set-aside assessment, reopened assessment u/s 147 and OCM scrutiny must be done by 30th June 2018.

IRS Officers Appointed To Post Of ACsIT + ACsIT Promoted To JCsIT

The CBDT has issued Notification No. 04 dated 30th March 2018 whereby several IRS officers have been appointed in the grade of Assistant Commissioner of Income-tax in the pay matrix of Rs. 56,100 – 1,77,500.

The CBDT has also issued Notification No. 05 dated 30th March 2018 whereby several Assistant Commissioners of Income-tax have been appointed to officiate as Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax in the pay scale of Rs. 15,600 – 39,100.

Download Finance Act 2018

The Finance Act 2018 received the assent of the President on the 29th March, 2018 and is available for download

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CBDT Order Of Promotions And Postings Of Chief Commissioners Of Income-tax

The CBDT has vide Order No. 47 of 2018 dated 27th March 2018 ordered the promotion and posting of officers to the grade of Chief Commissioners of Income-tax (level 16 in the pay matrix Rs. 2,05,400 – 2,24,400) w.e.f. the date of assumption of charge of the post and until further orders

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