Month: May 2017

The Constitution of the Bombay High Court’s Tax Bench w.e.f 05.06.2017 is as follows

The All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP), an apex body of tax practitioners, has addressed a detailed representation to Shri Arun Jaitley, the Union Finance Minister, pointing out that section 184 of the Finance Act 2017, which mandates the appointment of Members of the ITAT for a short tenure of only five years, will undermine the independence of the institution and lead to disastrous consequences. The AIFTP has warned that the whole purpose of setting up the ITAT as an independent and fearless judicial body will be frustrated and taxpayers will lose confidence in the institution. It has urged the Hon’ble Finance Minister to rescind the said provision and retain the existing provision for appointment of ITAT Members

In order to felicitate Hon’ble Shri P. K. Bansal, Vice-President of the ITAT, a function was organized by the ITAT Bar Association on 5th May 2017. The function was attended by several distinguished members of the Bench and the Bar. The Hon’ble Vice-President assured the gathering that the Tribunal will continue to deliver on the promise of ‘Sulabh Nyay, Satwar Nyay’ (Easy justice, quick justice). He also assured that the grievances, if any, of the members of the Bar with regard to the functioning of the ITAT will be addressed and resolved speedily. A few pictures taken on the occasion are embedded below

Pursuant to orders dated 13th April 2017 passed by Hon’ble Shri. G. D. Agarwal, President of the ITAT, Hon’ble Shri. P. K. Bansal, Vice-President, has been posted as Vice-President of the Mumbai Zone and Hon’ble Shri. Ravindra Singh Syal, Vice-President, has been posted as Vice-President of the Lucknow Zone (headquarters at Delhi). Both postings are with effect from 13.04.2017 and until further orders.

Eminent jurist Arvind Datar has delivered a talk in which he has severely criticized the introduction of Goods & Service Tax Act (GST), GAAR and POEM. He has argued that these legislative measures will cause enormous hardships to the taxpayers and will make India a less attractive destination for foreign investors. He has given cogent reasons in support of his propositions

In a shocking incident, an IRS officer who is presently serving as a CIT(A), a Chartered Accountants and senior officials have been arrested by the CBI on allegations of demanding, and accepting, a bribe for passing favourable orders

Vide order dated 25th April 2017 passed by the Hon’ble President pursuant to the consultations with the Collegium of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal consisting of the President and two senior most Vice Presidents, the following Members of the ITAT have been transferred in the same capacity to the respective Benches, in public interest, with effect from 5th May 2017