Government open to suggestions for better implementation of Vivad Se Vishwas scheme: CBDT chief PC Mody

New Delhi: Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) held an All India Video Conferencing of its members on ‘The Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Act, 2020’ right here on Monday (April 6) in view of the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. PC Mody, Chairman, CBDT defined the target behind the scheme and the position of the stakeholders in making it a grand success. 

Mody defined to the viewers that the federal government, in addition to the board, has undertaken a large train of contemplating the suggestions from each nook, for proposing appropriate amendments to the Act. 

The CBDT chairman clarified the doubts by answering regularly requested questions and stated that no scheme may very well be conceived with all of the perfections, so additionally may very well be this scheme. He assured that the federal government and the Board are open for suggestions and feedback from each stakeholder for better implementation of the scheme in its letter and spirit.

An official assertion issued after the assembly stated that ITAT President Justice P P Bhatt additionally inspired stakeholders to avail of the scheme in order to cut back pending tax litigation.

“He (Bhatt) urged the stakeholders, more particularly, the tax practitioners to take the task further in a mission mode, so that the system that is choked with the avoidable litigation could be relieved for concentrating on more meritorious issues, which have a bearing on the tax policies affecting the taxpayers on a large scale,” the assertion stated.

In circumstances the place taxpayer’s appeals are pending earlier than appellate boards, High Courts and the Supreme Court, the taxpayer could have the choice to settle the dispute on fee of 100 per cent tax (125 per cent in search circumstances) and get a whole waiver on curiosity and penalty if he pays by June 30.

Further, the place arrears are associated to disputed curiosity or penalty solely, 25 per cent of disputed penalty or curiosity could have to be paid if the fee is made by June 30.

The scheme will cowl appeals pending earlier than the appellate discussion board [Commissioner (Appeals), ITAT, High Court or the Supreme Court], and writ petitions pending earlier than High Court or the Supreme Court or particular depart petitions (SLPs) pending earlier than the Supreme Court as on January 31, 2020.

The scheme will also be availed in circumstances of search and seizure operations the place the cumulative restoration is lower than Rs 5 crore, and in addition these that are pending arbitration, however wouldn’t cowl these circumstances the place the dispute is underneath the overseas black cash act, benami property act and PMLA, amongst others. 

The session was presided over by Justice PP Bhatt, President, ITAT. The different visitor college included Kamlesh Chandra Varshney, Joint Secretary-TPL(1) and Rajesh Kumar Bhoot, Joint Secretary-TPL(2) within the Ministry of Finance. 

Notably, the federal government has launched the Vivad Se Vishwas scheme for the decision of pending litigation by paying solely the disputed tax quantity. As many as 4.83 lakh direct tax circumstances involving Rs 9.32 lakh crore in disputed taxes are locked in varied appellate boards. The quantity is equal to 82 per cent of the federal government’s direct tax income in FY19.

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