The CBDT has issued a directive dated 13th May, 2019 stipulating the dedication of a fortnight for clearing pendency of Appeal Effect and Rectification and for redressing public grievance
F. No. 385/08/2019•IT (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
North Block, New Delhi
13th May, 2019
All Pr. Chief Commissioners & Directors General of Income Tax
Subject: Dedication of a fortnight for clearing pendency of Appeal Effect and Rectification and for redressing public grievance -regarding.
I am directed to say that as per last year, this year also the Board has decided to dedicate the second fortnight of May, 2019 i.e. 16th to 31st May, 2019 to expeditious disposal of appeal effect and rectification claims of the taxpayers. During this period, all assessing officers shall accord top priority to the work of giving appeal effect and passing of rectification orders, and shall earmark the first half of the day to meet applicants// counsels who seek to have a hearing to explain their case.
In the area of rectification, special attention may be given to demands on account of TDS mismatch and demands disputed by the taxpayer in proceedings u/s 245 as delay in such cases is creating widespread dissatisfaction amongst taxpayer.
2. The supervisory officers shall monitor effective utilization of the fortnight for the specified purposes. Wide publicity of the observance of the fortnight should be given in the local media and banners// posters etc. may also be placed in office premises to make the taxpayers aware of the drive undertaken by the Department.
The Pr. CCIT/CCIT/Pr. CIT may write to the local chapter of ICAI and the Bar Association informing them of the organization of the fortnight and encouraging them to use this opportunity to get as many pending matters disposed of as possible.
This issues with the approval of Chairman, CBDT.
Under Secretary to the Gov!. of India