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C&AG recommends separating IT from CBDT

By IndianMandarins- 01 Aug 2019
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The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG) has advised the government to take off the IT Department from the supervision of the CBDT and make it function as an independent entity to improve its functioning in tax collection. "Government may consider the IT System for direct taxes being placed at arm's length from CBDT, with an independent governmental body or organization."

The national Auditor's logic is based on its belief that the system of direct taxes needs to ensure zero or the minimal physical interface between the assessee and the tax officers. This may be possible if the IT department becomes independent and more technology-centric.

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