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CBDT amends procedure for dealing with remedial action on Revenue Audit Objections

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes

PRESS RELEASE

New Delhi, 17 th March, 2016

Sub: Modification of Instruction No. 9/2006 dealing with remedial action on Revenue Audit Objections not accepted by the Department– reg.

The guidelines and procedure for attending to objections raised in the course of audit of assessment work by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (Revenue Audit) are laid down in the Instruction No of 2006 issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes. The Instruction inter-alia mandates the initiation of remedial action in case the Revenue Audit Objection is not accepted by the Department.

The Board has considered the effect of such remedial action and its ultimate fate in appeal and decided to modify the existing instruction for dealing with remedial action on Revenue Audit objections that are not accepted by the Department. A Circular (Circular No. 8/2016) has been issued on 17th March 2016 deleting para 4 and para 5 of the Instruction and replacing them with fresh guidelines and procedures for dealing with Revenue Audit objections.

The modified Instruction will avoid creation of un-collectible demand and reduce litigation with the assessee in such cases where the Department itself finds the Revenue Audit objection not acceptable. It is another step in the direction of a non-adversarial tax regime.

The Circular is available on the website of the Department at www.incimetaxindia.gov.in.

(Shefali Shah)
Pr. Commissioner of Income Tax
(Media and Technical Policy)
and Official Spokesperson, CBDT

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