The CBDT has issued an office order no. 90 of 2018 dated 11th June 2018 by which it has regularized the promotion of several officers to the grade of Principal Commissioner of Income-tax (Pr CIT) (level 15 in the pay matrix of Rs. 1,82,200 – 2,24,100) against the panel year 2016-17, with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the post by them
The CBDT has vide office order no. 86 of 2018 dated 4th June 2018 ordered the transfers and postings of several Assistant/ Deputy Commissioners Of Income-tax (Local Change) with immediate effect and until further orders
Vide Order No. 76 of 2018 dated 25th May 2018 the CBDT has stated that the President has extended the ad-hoc appointment of several IRS officers to the grade of Joint Commissioner of Income Tax from 01.04.2018 to 30.09.2018
The CBDT has issued a directive dated 28th May 2018 in which it is stated that the delay in non-removal/delay in removal of defects in pending appeals before the Hon’ble High Courts and delay in filing of SLPs in the Hon’ble Supreme Court is a matter of great concern for the Board. It is stated that in many cases Departmental appeals pending before High Courts have been dismissed due to delay in removing of defects as pointed out by the Registry of the High Court. Similarly, Supreme Court has been taking a serious view of the delay in filing of the SLPs. The Attorney General of India has expressed concern to the Hon’ble Finance Minster regarding enormous delay in filing of SLPs. The CBDT has pointed out that the functioning of the High Court Cell is critical. Clear-cut instructions as per the Standard Operating Procedure specified in Instruction No. 4 of 2011 dated 09.03.2011 have now been issued
The CBDT has issued a directive dated 7th May 2018 stating that the delay in giving appeal effect and passing rectification orders is the biggest source of grievance against the Department. It is pointed out that such delays also adversely affect the performance of the Department as the infructuous demand remains stuck in appeal orders and rectification petitions till these are disposed of by the assessing officer. With a view to expeditiously dispose off the appeal effect and rectification claims of the taxpayers, the CBDT has directed that the first fortnight of June, 2018 should be dedicated for attending to the pending claims in these areas
The CBDT has issued Notification No. 06 of 2018 dated 11th May 2018 and Office Order No. 65 of 2018 dated 11th May 2018 relating to the appointment of several Joint and Assistant Commissioners of Income-tax
The CBDT has vide Order No. 6018 of 2018 dated 03.05.2018 ordered the transfers and postings of several Assistant Commissioners of Income-tax. The CBDT has vide another Order No. 61 of 2018 dated 04.05.2018 ordered the transfers and postings of several officers in the grade of Assistant/ Deputy Commissioners of Income-tax
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
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.
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.