Category: ITAT related

Justice (Retd) R. V. Easwar, who was also a President of the ITAT, has taken strong exception to the appointment of Vice-President No.7 as the Officiating President and the superseding of six Vice-Presidents. “This is the first instance of a Vice-President who is junior to at least six Vice-Presidents to be given charge as Officiating President. Though, technically, the Act does not say that the rule of seniority of the Vice-Presidents has to be followed, it is well-established that there must be strong reasons, which must be disclosed, if the person appointed supersedes six Vice-Presidents,” he has said.

Upon the completion of term of office of Mr. Justice P.P. Bhatt as President, ITAT, the Ministry of Law and Justice has, vide Order dated 5th September 2021, assigned to Shri G. S. Pannu, Vice-President, ITAT, New Delhi, the charge of Officiating President of the ITAT. Hon’ble Shri Pannu is 7th on the list of Vice-Presidents.

Shri Vijay H Patil, Advocate, Supreme Court, has left for heavenly abode on 20 August 2021. His contribution to the tax profession and, more particularly towards ITAT as an Institution as well as our Association, is immense. In honour of and as a mark of our respect towards Late Mr V. H. Patil, our Income Tax Appellate Tribunal Bar Association, Mumbai, has organized a FulI Court Reference on Tuesday, 7 September 2021 at 4.00 p.m. in Court Room No. 1, 3rd Floor, Old CGO Building, M. K. Marg, Mumbai 400020. Hon’ble Vice-President, Mumbai Zone Shri Pramod Kumar will preside over the Full Court Reference

Justice P. P. Bhatt, Honourable President of the Income-tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) who assumed charge of Office of President, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal on October 24, 2018 is attaining his superannuation

It is hereby notified for information of all concerned that Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister for Law & Justice, Communication and Electronics & Information Technology, shall virtually inaugurate the e-Filing portal of ITAT. The said function shall be organized through zoom webinar as per following details

The All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP) has filed an Impleadment application on March 08, 2021, before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Madras Bar Association v. UOI &Anr 2020 SCC OnLine SC 962.. With a view to fill the vacancy in the Hon’ble ITAT and thereby improve the efficiency of the Tribunal, this intervenor application has been filed with a humble prayer to appoint the Honourable Members of the ITAT as per the Direction of the Honourable Supreme Court

All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP) has organized a two-day Virtual National Tax Conference on 17th and 18th February, 2021 for an in-depth discussion on the Finance Bill, 2021 and its implications, more than1,000 participants enrolled as delegates for the Virtual National Tax Conference

The ITAT Bar Association Mumbai and other leading bodies of tax professionals have made a detailed representation to the Ministry of Finance and others expressing their dissatisfaction against the proposed amendment in the Finance Bill, 2021 to implement a Faceless Income tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT). It is pointed out that the ITAT has been working effectively and efficiently for the last 80 years and there is no reason to reinvent the wheel. It is also stated that there appears to be a fundamental misconception as to the proposed objective for bringing the proposed amendments. They have expressed concerns if the proposed law scheme would meet the test of constitutional validity. They fear a miscarriage of justice, and are of the strong opinion that such a radical change should not be proposed without research and feedback from the stake holders. Few proposals have been laid down in the representation

Pursuant to the consultations with the Collegium of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, consisting of the President and two senior most Vice Presidents, seven Hon’ble Members have, vide order dated 11th December 2020, been transferred in the same capacity to the respective Benches, on account of administrative exigencies and in public interest, with immediate effect

The Committee is also of the opinion that Virtual Courts can be extended permanently to various Appellate Tribunals like TDSAT, IPAB, NCLAT etc., located across the country which do not require personal appearances of the parties/advocates. Permanent Virtual Courts can also be established for hearing matters relating to Administrative and other Tribunals at the time of final hearing. This will cut down the cost and increase the efficiency in disposal of the cases without being unnecessarily being adjourned. The Committee is also of the opinion that necessary Amendments may be brought in laws to legalise Virtual Courts and its proceedings without being unnecessarily challenged before Courts