CBDT Creates Over 200 New Posts Of Commissioners In The Income Tax System
The CBDT has created over 240 new posts of Commissioners in the Income Tax System to speed up the legal disposal system with an estimated Rs 4 lakh crore of tax revenue locked up in litigation.
The department recently create 243 posts of Commissioner. A senior Finance Ministry officer said, these 243 post of commissioner’s will be in addition to the existing 360 similar posts and will be filled by positioning IRS officers of the Income Tax carde.
To bolster the litigation management wing of the department which has come under criticism not only from courts but also successive Finance Ministers and in the audit reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), the CBDT which is the apex policy making body of the I-T department has been undertaking a host of steps.
The senior Finance Ministry officer said that these new officers will be in position soon. And the new officers are expected to start functioning within this financial year.
If A taxpayer wants to appeal against an I-T demand then the CIT (Appeals) office is the first avenue of grievance redressal.
The CBDT had also constituted a six member panel to examine the efficacy of the existing primary litigation mechanism in the I-T department due to huge number of issues in this arena.
According to the terms of reference issued by CBDT the Committee will carry out detailed analysis of appellate and assessment orders on various aspects and recommend steps to reduce litigation before CIT (Appeals).
It will also suggest steps to reduce litigation before the ITAT after analysing various aspects and study the efficacy of existing system of filing appeals to the ITAT by the department.
A taxpayer essentially has four-stage grievance redressal and litigation mechanism. The first stage is an appeal to the Commissioner of I-T Appeals called CIT (A), then up to the ITAT and subsequently to the HIGH COurt and the Supreme Court.
Finance Minister Arun JAitely had said in the budget 2014-15 speech that a tax demand of more than Rs 4 lakh crore is under dispute and litigation before various Courts and Appellate authorities.