Year: 2020

Advocate Shashi Bekal has appreciated the efforts of the CBDT in issuing Circular No. 21 of 2020 and clarifying the several doubts that tax professionals and taxpayers had with regard to The Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Act, 2020. The ld. author has explained the salient points of the Circular in a succinct manner. He has suggested that the CBDT may consider appointing a Centralised Nodal Officer in each city to speedily resolve any incremental difficulties that may arise

CA Mohit Gupta has pointed out that the Income-tax department usually relies on the extrapolation principle in search assessments to make arbitrary additions even for years where no incriminating material has been unearthed. He has considered whether the Department is justified in doing so and explained the entire law on the subject with reference to leading judicial precedents

Advocate Shashi Bekal has explained the salient features of the amendments proposed by the Atmanirbhar Bharat Package 3.0 to the Income-tax Act, 1961 to provide relief to Real Estate Developers and home buyers. He has also considered whether the restrictive nature of the proposed incentive makes it ultra vires the Constitution

CA Sujay Ajgaonkar has systematically set out the details of the stimulus package (Atmanirbhar 3.0) unveiled by the Finance Minister a few days ago. He has detailed how these stimulus measures will boost Employment and revive the Economy

The All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP) (West Zone) organized a virtual National tax conference where one of the subjects for discussion was,“Admission and Retraction in Income-tax survey and search, and relevancy of electronic evidence”  The session was chaired by Dr. K. Shivaram, Senior Advocate, and the paper was presented by Advocate Narayan Jain, Kolkata.  For the benefit of the tax professionals a brief summary is prepared by Advocate Shashi Bekal

The All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP Western zone) had organized a Webinar on June 14, 2020 on the subject of “Principles of Natural justice as applicable to Tax proceedings and Writs in taxation”. The speaker was Advocate Mr. Manish J.Shah, Ahmedabad and Chairman was Dr K. Shivaram, Senior Advocate, Mumbai. For the benefit of the readers, a brief summary of the proceedings has been prepared by Advocate Shashi Bekal

Advocate Aditya Ajgaonkar has described the Faceless Assessment Scheme & the Faceless Appeal Scheme as a big tax reform and game-changer because they seek to streamline, and bring greater transparency and accountability into, the tax administration. He has, however, cautioned that the non-grant of a personal hearing via video conference as a default choice vested in the assessee may be a violation of the principles of natural justice and may put the schemes into jeopardy. He has given convincing reasons for his views

Advocate Shashi Ashok Bekal has explained the applicability of the Scheme of TCS, its compliance procedure and the consequences of non-compliance. He has also highlighted the concerns of taxpayers regarding the levy of TCS on sale of goods above specified limits. He has also identified certain lacuna and ambiguities in the law and requested that these be addressed at the earliest so as to avoid unwanted litigation

The disruption caused by Covid-19 has compelled the Government to extend from time to time the due dates for various compliances. Advocate V. P. Gupta has methodically set out in a tabular format all the extended due dates. This will help avoid confusion and prevent unintended breaches of the law by taxpayers. The ld. author has also identified a few important issues which need the attention of CBDT and suggested the action required to be taken by it

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) conducted a performance audit on search and seizure assessments of the Income Tax Department. The report has several interesting insights and makes valuable recommendations. CA Mohit Gupta has summarized the key points of the report in a succinct and clear manner