Showing posts with label Revenue Secretary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Revenue Secretary. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

OUTCOME OF MEETING OF JCA WITH REVENUE SECRETARY

As scheduled the meeting of JCA with the Revenue Secretary is held and over. JCA leadership, Member(P) and PDGIT(HRD) were also present. The outcome is as under:

1. RS expressed that the issue of stagnation in ITO cadre is serious and needs to be addressed and also expressed his concern.
2. RS asked both the Board and JCA to find solution on this issue through discussion.
3. JCA explained the delay in holding of DPCs and asked for more posts in ACIT cadre for promotion quota through GFR 254 and other means for removing stagnation.
4. RS expressed and directed to work out the modalities to reduce the stagnation to not more than 12 years.
5. RS directed the Member(P) to ensure DPC for 2014-15 immediately. He also directed to ensure immediate vacation of CAT stay.
6. RS directed to complete DPC for 2015-16 thereafter and also start preparing DPC for 2016-17 so that all the DPCs could be completed by March 2016.
7. RS directed Member(P) to put up the proposal at the earliest for more vacancies in ACIT cadre for promotion, be it GFR or otherwise.
8. RS asked JCA to withdraw the agitation immediately. He told that our problems will be addressed. JCA can meet him at any time. He expressed that PM wants the senior authorities to be take proper care of employees problems but the employees should also work with sincerely. He told that this agitation has given him bad name.
9. RS had to go somewhere but he directed the Member to continue meeting with JCA and draw some agreeable conclusion. 
10. The Member was told by JCA that addressing stagnation was our priority and there can be no settlement if stagnation issue is not addressed irrespective whether DPC is held early.
11. The Member(P) told that he will meet RS again and will fixed another meeting of JCA with him.

After the meeting, The Central JCA decided to suspend the ongoing agitational programme for a period of three weeks in view of assurances given to JCA for redressal of demands and directions given to CBDT by the Revenue Secretary. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Abolish Revenue Secretary post; merge CBDT, CBEC, says Tax Administration Reform Commission

Recommending far-reaching reforms in tax administration, a government committee has suggested abolition of the post of Revenue Secretary, merger of CBDT and CBEC and broaden the use of Permanent Account Number (PAN).

The Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC), headed by Parthasarathi Shome, also said the retrospective amendments to tax laws should be avoided as a principle and Income Tax Return should also include wealth tax details.

The panel, which has submitted its first report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, also pitched for a separate budget allocation to ensure time bound tax refund and a passbook scheme for TDS (Tax Deduction at Source).

"The post of revenue secretary should be abolished. The present functions of the Department of Revenue should be allocated to the two Boards (CBDT and CBEC). This would empower the tax departments to carry out their assigned responsibilities efficiently," the report said. ..

The tax administration, it added, needs to have greater functional and financial autonomy and independence from governmental structures, given their special needs.

It said, the revenue secretary, an IAS, is "likely to have little experience or background in tax administration at the national level and little familiarity with tax."

The 550-page report further said the two Boards must embark on "selective convergences immediately to achieve better tax governance, and, in next five years, move towards a unified management structure with a common Board for both direct and indirect taxes, called the Central Board of Direct and Indirect Taxes ".

On PAN, the report said it should be developed as a common business identification number (CBIN), to be used by other government departments also such as customs, central excise, service tax, DGFT and EPFO.

"Both central excise and service tax should be covered under a single registration as both the taxes are administered by the same department and cross utilisation of credit is permitted between central excise and service tax under the CENVAT credit rules," it said.

The panel further said it is also necessary to provide for de-registration, cancellation or surrender of registration numbers and PAN.

It said the approach to retrospective amendments has resulted in protracted disputes, apart from having deeply harmful effects on investment sentiment and the macro economy and recommended "retrospective amendment should be avoided as a principle.

The panel suggested IT returns should also include wealth tax return so that the taxpayer need not separately file wealth tax returns. These returns should also be processed together in the CPC at Bengaluru.

Besides, it called for a dedicated organisation for delivery of taxpayer services with customer focus and made a strong case for "pre-filled tax returns".

TARC also recommended that in line with international practice, a minimum of 10 per cent of the tax administration's budget must be spent on taxpayer services. At least 10 per cent of the budget should be alllocated and spent for ICT-based taxpayer services.


On tax refunds, the panel suggested it should be issued within a strict time frame.