CBDT to expeditious disposal of appeal cases between May 16-31

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)  has said that it has decided to dedicate the second fortnight of May to fast track disposal of appeal effect and rectification claims of the taxpayers.

“All assessing officers during May 16-31 would accord top priority to appeal cases and passing of rectification orders and would also earmark the first half of the day to meet applicants or the counsels who seek to have a hearing to explain their case,” the CBDT said in a letter to field formations.

“Special attention would be given to demands on account of TDS mismatch, and demands disputed by taxpayers in response to proceedings under section 245 of the I-T Act, as these are creating widespread dissatisfaction among taxpayers,” CBDT stated.

As per the Act, the tax authorities can adjust the refund payable to the taxpayer against the past demand due from them.

The CBDT has also organized the similar redressal fortnight in May last year.

In order to bring down litigation substantially, in July 2018, the government had increased the threshold limit for the CBDT and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) to file appeals in tribunals and courts.

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