Why large taxpayers may soon get a call from I-T officers working from home

Notwithstanding a three-month extension of the time limits for paying taxes and filing returns, the Income Tax Department asked field trainings to contact large taxpayers by phone or email to track collections. waiting.

Rakesh Gupta, Commissioner for Income Tax (Coordination and Systems), Central Board of Direct Tax (CBDT), asked field trainings last week to submit a daily report on cash receipts tracking taxes pending with large taxpayers.

While most tax agents working from home given the foreclosure announced to control the spread of Covid-19, it is possible to continue working in today’s connected world, the message said to authorities.

“Although the ITBA (Income Tax Business Application) platform is not available to agents to fulfill their statutory functions, it is still possible to follow up on outstanding collection issues by contacting large taxpayers by phone / by electronically, “wrote Gupta.

The message came a few days after the Minister of Finance, Nirmala Sitharaman, announced a three-month extension of the deadline for filing income tax returns as well as the payment of deferred withholding tax, self-assessment tax , ordinary tax, tax withheld at source, source of tax collected, and tax on securities transactions.

The CIT (C&S) directive was not well received by the officers, their association writing to the president of the CBDT against it.

The joint body of the Federation of Income Tax Employees and the Association of Tax Return Publishers in the Letter expressed surprise at the directive “to pressure taxpayers / defaulters to that they are paying taxes when the Minister of Finance recently announced various extensions of legal compliance, including extending the latest date for the Vivad (Vishvash) dispute settlement system and also cutting rates criminal interest. “

“The aftermath of the people as a result of such pressure to pay taxes in the current scenario is very obvious,” wrote official Ravi Shankar.

The association stated that it was not possible for the evaluation officers (AO) to provide a daily report for the daily collection of pending / backlog requests or requests received under the Vivad se Vishvash program the coordinates of the assessed / defaulting persons were not available at the home of the agents. Furthermore, the agents did not have access to the ITBA platform.

He asked the president to direct the authorities below him “to remain positive, sensitive to the current situation, adopt a human approach and avoid pressing the panic button within the department”.

On March 24, the Minister of Finance announced an extension of the filing date for income tax returns for the 2018-2019 fiscal year to June 30, as well as a link between the Income Tax NAP and the Similar three-month Aadhaar biometric ID.

In addition, an extension of three months has been announced for those who opt for the tax dispute settlement system “Vivad se Vishwas” by paying the principal. Previously, the deadline for payment of this amount was March 31 and any further payments were to be charged an additional 10%. From now on, no additional amount of 10% must be paid if the payment is made before June 30, 2020.

Likewise, “due dates for the issuance of the notice, the intimation, the notification, the approval order, the sanction order, the filing of the appeal, the delivery of the statement, the statements, requests, reports, any other documents and the time limit for completion of procedures by the authority and any compliance by the taxpayer, including investment in savings instruments or investments for deferral of earnings capital under the Income Tax Law, the Wealth Tax Law, the Benami Real Estate Ban Law, the Black Money Law, the STT law, CTT law, equalization fee law, Vivad Se Vishwas law when the period expires between March 20, 2020 and June 29, 2020, it will be extended until June 30, 2020 “, had said an official statement released on March 24.

For late payment of the advance tax, the self-assessment tax, the ordinary tax, the TDS, the TCS, the equalization levy, the STT, the CTT made between March 20, 2020 and June 30, 2020, the reduced interest rate to 9% instead of 12/18 percent per year will be charged for this period, he said, adding that no late fees / penalties would be charged.


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