Do not inflate assessments, I-T officials warned

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has sent out firm instructions to the Income Tax Department (ITD) and its officials to curb irrational “high-pitched” assessments against tax payers.

Published: 09th July 2018 03:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2018 05:05 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has sent out firm instructions to the Income Tax Department (ITD) and its officials to curb irrational “high-pitched” assessments against taxpayers.

Officers who issue such irrational orders should be transferred and face disciplinary action, the CBDT’s chairperson Sushil Chandra said.

A “high-pitched” scrutiny assessment case is one where it is found that the addition of income was made on frivolous grounds, non-observance of principles of natural justice, or non-application of mind and gross negligence by the assessing officer in deciding a case.

Chandra also pointed out that a special drive, launched in 2015 to address and resolve taxpayers’ grievances, had not achieved its mandate and remained under-utilized. The initiative was part of a plan to check high-handedness of taxmen in deciding assessments of a common taxpayer that led to issues of corruption.

Under it, the tax authorities proposed to create local committees in every tax region headed by a principal chief commissioner to “expeditiously deal with taxpayers’ grievances arising from high-pitched scrutiny assessment”.

The local committee of senior ITD officials, in case an order was found to be unreasonable or high-pitched, was empowered by the CBDT to take remedial action to rectify the demand and ensure the taxpayer is not harassed.

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