15% shortfall in direct tax collections; CBDT cracks the whip to fulfill targets
CBDT has written a letter to all Principal Chief Commissioners on March 26 asking them to reinforce the tax restoration course of, a replica of which is in Moneycontrol’s possession.
“Progress in tax assortment has been reviewed as in opposition to the focused Rs 12 lakh crore. Solely 85.1 % of the focused or Rs 10.21 lakh crore has been collected as of March 23. A head-wise evaluation signifies unfavourable progress in common assortment at 6.9 % as evaluate a unfavourable 5.2 % final week. That is alarming and desires speedy consideration,” the letter said.
A CBDT member stated pressing steps must be taken in instances the place arrears are due. CBDT is taking varied measures to attain this goal. This embrace: not releasing refunds and better goal for initiation of prosecution instances in opposition to repeated earnings tax offenders of earnings tax.
A supply near the event instructed Moneycontrol, “Prosecution instances have doubled within the final two-three years, however tax collections is dependent upon total economic system, which isn’t performing as per expectation.”
In the meantime, impartial tax counsel Aarti Sathe stated, “Because of the shortfall in tax collections and taking cue from the CBDT whip issued to tax officers, the division is in a scurry to file miscellaneous functions to the ITAT to not permit extensions of stays already granted, the place the interval has gone past 365 days.”
She added, “This extension has been legitimately sought by assesses as their appeals on deserves haven’t been heard on account of delays not attributable to them.
“The division is pushing for early hearings of excessive stake issues, holding on to refunds and many others solely to indicate larger tax collections.”