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I-T department set to implement 'Vivad se Vishwas' scheme

I-T department has made the scheme a part of the department’s Annual Performance Assessment Report and has conveyed all its field officers that they may ask their personnel to provide details of their performance in implementing the scheme in their self-appraisal APAR of FY 19-20, said a official privy to the communication issued by the CBDT.

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2020, 07.15 AM IST
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MUMBAI: From sending emails to tax assesses locked in a dispute with the tax authorities to setting up outreach programmes targeted at the trading community, chartered accountants and the like, the income tax department has made elaborate plans on how to implement the Vivadse-Vishwas scheme, people in the know told ET.

Importantly, the I-T department has made the scheme a part of the department’s Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR) and has conveyed all its field officers that they may ask their personnel to provide details of their performance in implementing the scheme in their self-appraisal APAR of FY 19-20, said a official privy to the communication issued by the Central Bureau of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Thursday. “The performance of officers in respect of the scheme will be specifically commented upon the Reporting and the Reviewing officers and shall be an important factor in determining their future posting,” as per the communique.

The 'Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill, 2020' introduced in the budget seeks to resolve disputed tax cases worth Rs 9.32 lakh crore.

Mumbai, which contributes one-third of the total tax collections, has already started working on implementing the scheme and has identified around one lakh cases which could come under the ambit of the tax amnesty once it gets the President’s assent.

According to sources, in Mumbai, over 60,000 cases are before the Commissioner of Incometax (Appeals), over 22,000 cases are before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal and over 13,000 cases before the Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court.

“Mumbai is currently 2.5 percent behind its tax collection target. Many of the big corporates and PSUs like LIC and SBI are locked in tax disputes. If these entities avail the scheme, not only will it (the Mumbai cirple) meet the tax mop up targets but will be able to perform much better,” said an official.

In a videoconference chaired by the revenue secretary and CBDT chairman on Thursday, officers have been asked to prepare a list of the eligible cases pending before various appeal forums by Monday. “Officers have been asked to prepare the issue wise list of eligible cases by next week,” said another official.

The assessing officers (AO) have been asked to analyse pending disputes to determine the primary tax demand the the arrears. “AOs have been asked to give ratification and give effect of appeal orders immediately to determine the correct disputed demand,” added the official.

They have been asked to use all information available to ‘trace’ the assessee who could not be traced. “AO have been asked to prepare the contact list of the assessee who are having disputed demand and keep the draft letters ready to communicate with the assessee inviting them for the scheme,” said the official.

“The final contours of the scheme will be cleared once it receives the President's consent and is notified. In parallel, efforts are being made to reach out to the assesses and explain to them the scheme on a case-tocase basis. While this is a voluntary scheme, the reach out drives will be undertaken to ensure that maximum number of assesses who are locked in tax disputes avail the scheme,” said another official.

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