INDIAN REVENUE SERVICE INCOME TAX CADRE

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Honouring honest taxpayer: Faceless, seamless and anxieties among the executors

Former Congress Minister of Finance P Chidambaram, as part of one of his 'noble' schemes, had aspired to ensure 'minimum human intervention' in tax assessment and execution. In a way, he wanted a faceless tax administration system. He couldn't execute it though he efficiently played the system to maximize his political fortunes.

Working on this 'noble' scheme, the NDA government has purportedly come about with a scheme  branded as "honoring the honest taxpayer."

Time will tell whether the scheme really succeeds in its mission. But it has already triggered some anxieties among the executors.

IRS officers are feeling helpless and angry over the government stereotyping them as dishonest following the government's decision to turn the tax administration into a seamless and faceless network-centric operation without any personal contact whatsoever. They feel that the dignity of their service has been compromised by their seniors who have failed to convince the political dispensation that not all IRS officers are corrupt and that the entire IRS shouldn't be treated in the same manner. They are disheartened that PM Narendra Modi has used expressions like "setting, jaan-pehchan, collusion, harassment, etc" to describe the functioning of the IRS, while the other organs of the state like judiciary, police, lawmakers, and businesses have been spared the 'honor.' They believe that the PM's stand on the IRS is a biased one and may be motivated by his own helplessness to clean up the system as promised by him to the voters for ‘a corruption-free India’.

It is argued that the new network-centric faceless operation requires unstinted cooperation and support of IRS officers, who are already grappling with the current system-based functioning that has not yet stabilized and is a cause of grievance for the taxpayer and the tax officer alike.

It is also argued that the timelines given for implementing the new setup may not be practical as the assessees may not be ready since many businessmen still maintain manual books and network connectivity in remote areas is poor? It is feared that lawless assessees may find a handle not to comply in the absence of tax authority in their vicinity.  It is argued that the general assumption of an honest taxpayer and a dishonest tax officer is flawed and is based on crowd-pleasing stereotypes.

It is further argued that the element of a hurry, visible in the full-fledged extension of the e-assessment scheme without stabilizing the functioning of the existing ReACs, may prove its bane like the scheme of demonetization/remonetization. It is suggested that "we should have seen at least one full cycle of the result, taken feedback and understood the problems of all stakeholders, officers, taxpayers, taxpayer representatives before making this full-fledged extension. We should have seen whether the officers are able to understand the complex issues without proper representations, whether both sides are capable of understanding each other merely by written submissions. We should have tried to form a unanimous view of the Department on each issue using the existing ReACs set-up. Up till now, all the system related work was related to accounting, electronic calculations, etc. Taking over of this work by the CPCs has resulted in very good results. But the work which required human intelligence which depends on the ingenuity of the officer can not be easily taken over by the system without giving full regard to the human aspects."

It is further recommended that the "selection of cases using CASS is one such aspect of work which requires human intelligence. CASS is still not very effective despite being implemented for more than 10 years. Investigation and framing an assessment require intelligence, drive, motivation and perseverance besides an understanding of complex issues. We may have built a system that is capable of handling a faceless assessment. But have we readied the manpower who is required to execute it? Have we trained it? Have we improved their reading, writing skills, computer skills? Have we ensured that they are ready and willing for this change? Have we studied how the breaking of a wholesome task (which gives recognition to the officers) into components (being executed by anonymous entities) will still motivate the officers? Since the success of this scheme requires success in all these aspects, a study of these aspects and a calibrated approach on their execution would have led to better results".

Since these suggestions have followed much after the government announced its decision, it is unlikely they may be heeded to. Only the failure of the announced scheme may prompt the government to step back and work out innovations to make the scheme succeed.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

25 Aug 2020
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CBDT: Gill gets additional charge of DG, Investigation, Delhi

CBDT under the Department of Revenue on February 28 assigned the additional charge of coveted posts to several senior IRS officers. Accordingly;

  1. H B S Gill (CCIT, Delhi) was given additional charge of Director General Investigation, Delhi. The post fell vacant on the retirement of Harish Kumar.
  2. Ajay Kumar Chauhan (Principal CCIT, Bhopal) was given additional charge of CCIT, Indore vice D P Haokip.
  3. Arvind Kumar (CCIT- I, Chennai) was given additional charge of CCIT-III, Chennai vice Mrs Uma Singh
  4. Kuldeep Moorti Bali (CCIT- TDS, Kolkata) was given additional charge of CCIT-V, Kolkata vice Lav Chandra Joshi Ranee.

28 Feb 2020
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Honouring honest taxpayer: Faceless, seamless and anxieties among the executors

By Rakesh Ranjan 25 Aug 2020

Former Congress Minister of Finance P Chidambaram, as part of one of his 'noble' schemes, had aspired to ensure 'minimum human intervention' in tax assessment and execution. In a way, he wanted a faceless tax administration system. He couldn't execute it though he efficiently played the system to maximize his political fortunes.

Working on this 'noble' scheme, the NDA government has purportedly come about with a scheme  branded as "honoring the honest taxpayer."

Time will tell whether the scheme really succeeds in its mission. But it has already triggered some anxieties among the executors.

IRS officers are feeling helpless and angry over the government stereotyping them as dishonest following the government's decision to turn the tax administration into a seamless and faceless network-centric operation without any personal contact whatsoever. They feel that the dignity of their service has been compromised by their seniors who have failed to convince the political dispensation that not all IRS officers are corrupt and that the entire IRS shouldn't be treated in the same manner. They are disheartened that PM Narendra Modi has used expressions like "setting, jaan-pehchan, collusion, harassment, etc" to describe the functioning of the IRS, while the other organs of the state like judiciary, police, lawmakers, and businesses have been spared the 'honor.' They believe that the PM's stand on the IRS is a biased one and may be motivated by his own helplessness to clean up the system as promised by him to the voters for ‘a corruption-free India’.

It is argued that the new network-centric faceless operation requires unstinted cooperation and support of IRS officers, who are already grappling with the current system-based functioning that has not yet stabilized and is a cause of grievance for the taxpayer and the tax officer alike.

It is also argued that the timelines given for implementing the new setup may not be practical as the assessees may not be ready since many businessmen still maintain manual books and network connectivity in remote areas is poor? It is feared that lawless assessees may find a handle not to comply in the absence of tax authority in their vicinity.  It is argued that the general assumption of an honest taxpayer and a dishonest tax officer is flawed and is based on crowd-pleasing stereotypes.

It is further argued that the element of a hurry, visible in the full-fledged extension of the e-assessment scheme without stabilizing the functioning of the existing ReACs, may prove its bane like the scheme of demonetization/remonetization. It is suggested that "we should have seen at least one full cycle of the result, taken feedback and understood the problems of all stakeholders, officers, taxpayers, taxpayer representatives before making this full-fledged extension. We should have seen whether the officers are able to understand the complex issues without proper representations, whether both sides are capable of understanding each other merely by written submissions. We should have tried to form a unanimous view of the Department on each issue using the existing ReACs set-up. Up till now, all the system related work was related to accounting, electronic calculations, etc. Taking over of this work by the CPCs has resulted in very good results. But the work which required human intelligence which depends on the ingenuity of the officer can not be easily taken over by the system without giving full regard to the human aspects."

It is further recommended that the "selection of cases using CASS is one such aspect of work which requires human intelligence. CASS is still not very effective despite being implemented for more than 10 years. Investigation and framing an assessment require intelligence, drive, motivation and perseverance besides an understanding of complex issues. We may have built a system that is capable of handling a faceless assessment. But have we readied the manpower who is required to execute it? Have we trained it? Have we improved their reading, writing skills, computer skills? Have we ensured that they are ready and willing for this change? Have we studied how the breaking of a wholesome task (which gives recognition to the officers) into components (being executed by anonymous entities) will still motivate the officers? Since the success of this scheme requires success in all these aspects, a study of these aspects and a calibrated approach on their execution would have led to better results".

Since these suggestions have followed much after the government announced its decision, it is unlikely they may be heeded to. Only the failure of the announced scheme may prompt the government to step back and work out innovations to make the scheme succeed.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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CBDT: Gill gets additional charge of DG, Investigation, Delhi

By IndianMandarins 28 Feb 2020

CBDT under the Department of Revenue on February 28 assigned the additional charge of coveted posts to several senior IRS officers. Accordingly;

  1. H B S Gill (CCIT, Delhi) was given additional charge of Director General Investigation, Delhi. The post fell vacant on the retirement of Harish Kumar.
  2. Ajay Kumar Chauhan (Principal CCIT, Bhopal) was given additional charge of CCIT, Indore vice D P Haokip.
  3. Arvind Kumar (CCIT- I, Chennai) was given additional charge of CCIT-III, Chennai vice Mrs Uma Singh
  4. Kuldeep Moorti Bali (CCIT- TDS, Kolkata) was given additional charge of CCIT-V, Kolkata vice Lav Chandra Joshi Ranee.

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Alarming trend in Direct Tax collection: Hitting the target Vs Missing the bus

By IndianMandarins 10 Jan 2020

While re-calibrating and fixing direct taxes collection target for FY 2019-2020 at Rs 13.35 lakh crore, CBDT chief P C Mody had said last year that it was difficult but achievable. But even after the completion of three quarters of FY 2019-2020 the collection figures of Direct Taxes is nowhere close to it.

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that on completion of third quarter (ending 31.12.2019) the all India collection of Direct Taxes is far less (- 6%) than the collection as compared to the corresponding period last year. The deficit is primarily attributed to the weak performance of metro cities. The down trend may be shown as follows:

Mumbai: (-5%)
Delhi: (-10%)
Bangalore: (-7%)
Chennai: (-2%)
Jaipur: (-20%)

It is to be seen whether CBDT would be able to hit the target of Rs 13.78 lakh cr or even maintain the previous year’s figure. The collection figures are clear indicator that relatively smaller cities have to play critical role in the wake of weak contributions by metro cities and country's commercial capitals.  


FACTS AND FACETS:

  1. FY 2019-2020: In view of historical growth rate in collections in the past three years FinMin had initially set the at Rs 13.78 lakh crore for FY 2019-20. After Budget deliberations it was re-calibrated and fixed at Rs 13.35 lakh crore.
  2. FY 2018-2019: I-T department had collected Rs 11.37 crore during FY 2018-19 against its initial target of Rs 13.80 lakh crore, a shortfall of around Rs 83,000 crore or 7.4 percent of the Rs 12 lakh crore collection target. The collection was, however, 18.3 percent higher than FY 2017-2018.
  3. The revenue collection targets are set by the Union Finance Ministry in consultation with CBDT which frames policy for the IT Department.
  4. The direct tax collection bucket comprises personal income tax, securities transaction tax and corporate tax.
  5. In 2019 FinMin Nirmala Sitharaman’s move of bringing almost all the companies in the lower tax net was widely appreciated by the business world.

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CBDT: 134 IRS officers empanelled as Commissioner IT, various deferred and several found unfit

By IndianMandarins 31 Oct 2019

The NaMo administration on Thursday announced the empanelment of approx 134 IRS officers to the grade of Commissioner of Income Tax (CIT) in the Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax). Ninety four officers empanelled for the Panel Year 2017-18 and 20 for the Panel Year 2018.

Over 20 officers were also empanelled as CIT though by keeping recommendations of the DPC in ‘sealed covers’. Sixteen junior most officers were promoted on ‘ad hoc’ basis till the ‘sealed cover’ cases would be finalised or until subsequent regular vacancies in the grade would arise whereas the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) assessed 04 officers unfit and denied empanelment (against Panel Year 2017-18 and 2018) as CIT.

Empanelment of 94 officers as CIT for the Panel Year 2017-18

  1. Shubha Kanta Sahu
  2. Ramendra Kumar Vishwakarma
  3. Sunita Verma
  4. Sunil A Umap
  5. Abha Rani Singh
  6. A Sriniwasa Rao
  7. Sarabjit Singh
  8. Anjana Sahu
  9. Kolakaluri Ravi Kiran
  10. K Jagjivan Rao
  11. T Roumuan Paite
  12. Abhay Kumar Thakur
  13. Sandeep Goel
  14. Anusha Khurana
  15. Ritesh Parmar
  16. Deepak Garg
  17. Garima Singh
  18. Nidhi Singh
  19. Prabhat Kumar Gupta
  20. Amitabh Kumar Sinha
  21. Mudit Nagpal
  22. D Prabhakar Reddy
  23. Rashmita Jha
  24. Rajeev Kumar Sahu
  25. Jagdeesh Prasad Jangid
  26. Sameer Tekriwal
  27. A S Bindhu
  28. Dr Pallvi Darade
  29. G Manoj Kumar Sharma
  30. Samogyan Pal
  31. Manoj Kumar Done
  32. L Sunita Rao
  33. Namita S Pandey
  34. Sambit Tripathi
  35. Ashutosh Rajhans
  36. Smiti Samant
  37. Pankaj Jindal
  38. Vandana Ramachandran
  39. Surinder Pal
  40. Sandeep Raj
  41. Pitambar Das
  42. Sanjeev Jain
  43. Neeraj Kumar
  44. Muneesh Kumar
  45. Anupam Kant Garg
  46. Krunkant Ojha
  47. Anu Krishna
  48. Mamta Bansal
  49. Praveen Kishor
  50. R Narender
  51. G Kanaujia
  52. M Mathivanan
  53. N Satyamurthy
  54. Sanjay Kumar Bharati
  55. Samil A Vakeel
  56. Harjinder Singh
  57. Kumar Ajit
  58. Jayant B Jhaveri
  59. Naorem Banita Devi
  60. C Chandra Kanta
  61. Manish Kanaujia
  62. Sanjeev Kumar Kashyap
  63. Mudavathu H Naik
  64. Imokaba Jamir
  65. M Vijay Kumar
  66. Krishna Kumar Jaiswal
  67. Ekta Vishnoi
  68. Rajeev Benjwal
  69. Deepak Tiwari
  70. Neehar Ranjan Pandey
  71. Chittaranjan Dash
  72. Neera Srivastawa
  73. Swapana Nanu Ambatt
  74. Naveen Gupta
  75. Shashi Bhushan Shukla
  76. Neeraj Pradhan
  77. Navneet Manohar
  78. Sobhan Kar
  79. Sanjog Kapoor
  80. Naina Soin Kapil
  81. Srujani Mohanty
  82. Ran Singh
  83. Ch Venkata Gopi Nath
  84. M Rajasekhar
  85. Naresh Saka
  86. Anil Kumar P Chaware
  87. Vijay Kumar Chadha
  88. Komali Krishna S
  89. R C Prasad
  90. Hemant Kumar Chimanlal leuva
  91. Shekhar L Gajbhiye
  92. Sunil Gautam
  93. Rajnish D Berman
  94. I Kitto Zhimomi

Twenty officers were empanelment as CIT for the Panel Year 2018:

  1. Vilas V Shinde
  2. S Praveena
  3. Vinay Sinha
  4. Salil Mishra
  5. Rohit Garg
  6. Nidhi Sharma
  7. Mohd Salman Khan
  8. Savita Nakra Datta
  9. Sanjay Pandey
  10. Deepshikha Sharma
  11. Ritesh Mishra
  12. Ashna Paul
  13. Nimisha Singh
  14. K Raman Babu
  15. Rajiv Kumar
  16. S Ravi Shankar Narayan
  17. Ashim Kumar Modi
  18. Pravin Kumar Rawal
  19. Manoj Kumar Mahar

Empanelment of 20 officers cleared keeping recommendations of the DPC in ‘sealed covers’;

  1. Ramavatar Verma
  2. Pankaj Garg
  3. Doly Loyi
  4. Shaji P Jacob
  5. Vaddadi Appala Raju
  6. Dhirendra Kumar Jha
  7. Sudheer Ranjan Senapati
  8. A Ravinder
  9. Ratan Singh
  10. Sumitra G Banerjee
  11. Vivek Batra
  12. Gobind Ram Singhal
  13. Kamlesh Kumar Tripathi
  14. Sanjay Tripathi
  15. Dinesh Singh
  16. Chander Sen Bharti
  17. Amit Nigam
  18. Sanghi Srihari Rao
  19. Arun Kumar Gurjar
  20. Prakhar Vipalava Gupta

Empanelment of 08 officers were deferred for the panel years 2017-18 and 2018:-

  1. H Phani Raju
  2. Jyothilakshmi Nayak
  3. Vinod Tanwani
  4. S Murali Mohan
  5. P V Pradeep Kumar
  6. Sheodan Singh Bhadoria
  7. Shumana Sen
  8. Ashima Neb

The Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) assessed 04 officers unfit and subsequently  denied empanelment (against the mentioned Panel Year 2017-18 and 2018) as CIT. They are;

  1. Vasim Arshad
  2. Ms Dekhapali Syama Sudha
  3. A Dhanaraj
  4. Ajay Kumar

Further, the promotion of 16 junior most officers have been cleared on ‘ad hoc’ basis till the ‘sealed cover’ cases would be finalised or subsequent regular vacancies in the grade would arise.

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Sixteen IRS officers (1983 batch) promoted & posted as PCCITs

By IndianMandarins 30 Aug 2018

Central Board of Direct Taxes, under Dept of Revenue, on August 29 announced the promotion of sixteen IRS officers to the rank of Principal Chief Commissioner (PCCIT). Of seventeen PCCITs two will be retiring this year and five will be retiring in 2019. Seven PCCITs will be remaining on the turf till 2020 whereas three PCCITs will serve till the year 2021.


In addition to promotion as PCCIT they were simultaneously posted in the top order field formation of Income Tax Department as follows:


  • R P Srivastava- PCCIT (UP East), Lucknow
  • Rakesh Mohan Garg- Principal DG (HRD), Delhi
  • Sushil Kumar- PCCIT, Tamil Nadu & Puducherry (Chennai)
  • Ashu Jain- PCCIT, Pune
  • Shyama Prasad Choudhary- PCCIT, AP & Telangana (Hyderabad)
  • Prabhash Shankar- Principal DGIT (L&R), Delhi
  • Akhoury Abhay Shankar- PCCIT, Mumbai
  • Seema Khorana Parta- PCCIT, WB & Sikkim (Kolkata)
  • Asha Agarwal- Principal DGIT (Training) NADT (Nagpur)
  • Subrata Kumar Dash- Principal DGIT (Systems), Delhi
  • Kavita Jha- PCCIT, North Eastern Region, Guwahati
  • Bishwanath Jha- PCCIT, Odisha (Bhubaneshwar)
  • Neena Nigam- PCCIT, Rajasthan (Jaipur)
  • Girish D Chandorkar- PCCIT, Kerala (Kochi)
  • B R Balakrishnan- PCCIT, Karnataka & Goa (Bangalore)
  • Sunita Puri- Principal DGIT (Logistics), Delhi

 

It may be mentioned that Principal Chief Commissioners (Income Tax) are operational heads of tax administration in respective regions which are usually overlapping with the territory of a state. Senior most Chief Commissioners of Income Tax are promoted to Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax

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Ten Chief Commissioner (IT) rank officers get new field postings

By IndianMandarins 30 Aug 2018

Central Board of Direct Taxes, under the Dept of Revenue, on August 29 transferred and posted ten Chief Commissioner rank Income Tax officers (IRS cadre) as follows: -

  • Pranab Kumar Das (DGIT, Investigations, Kolkata)
  • Pramod Kumar Gupta (CCIT (Exemptions) Delhi
  • Lov Chandra Joshi Rani (CCIT-6, Kolkata)
  • Praveen Kumar (DGIT, Investigations, Lucknow)
  • Sonali Arora (CCIT, Panchkula)
  • Ajai Das Mehrotra (CCIT-02, Ahmedabad)
  • Suresh Kumar Mittal (DGIT, Risk Assessment, Delhi)
  • Prakash Chandra (CCIT, Pune)
  • Pushpinder Singh Puniha (DGIT, Investigations, Chandigarh)

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04th top post falling vacant; CBDT Chairman faces onerous task to run the show

By IndianMandarins 31 Jul 2018

Country’s top tax administration body -- Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has six members out of which three have retired and the fourth member, B D Bishnoi (Member, Administration), is retiring today. Today onwards the effective strength at the Board will get reduced to two members. Even these two members are retiring in next 60 days.


It may be underlined that the posts of Member (Investigation) and Member (Income Tax and Computerisation) fell vacant in Fabruary this year with the retirement of Gopal Mukherjee and Rajendra Kumar respectively whereas Ajit Kumar Srivastava (Member- Revenue and Taxpayers Service) fell vacant in June. Now the CBDT will have a Chairman and only two members to run this board. Curiously, the remaining two members-- Shabri Bhattashali (Member, Audit and Judicial) and Arbind Modi (Member- Legislation) will retire in next sixty days. In case it failed got get new members on board in next 60 days the board chairman Sushil Chandra will occupy the driver’s seat without any member around to run the business of the board.
 
In fact, Revenue Department failed to initiate the process of filling up these crucial positions on time and posts were advertised on July 04 with August 03 as last date for submission of application. Interestingly, while submitting applications the prospective candidates have no idea about the number of vacant positions as advertisement did not disclose how many posts will be filled through the process.

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