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Taxman's Appraisal Format Tweaked to Ensure Speedier Disposal

In order to ensure a non-adversarial tax regime and timely delivery of taxpayer service, the Income Tax Department said on Friday that officers' performance will be judged on the basis of pace of disposal of a case and quality of assessment.
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Taxman's Appraisal Format Tweaked to Ensure Speedier Disposal
New Delhi: In order to ensure a non-adversarial tax regime and timely delivery of taxpayer service, the Income Tax Department said on Friday that officers' performance will be judged on the basis of pace of disposal of a case and quality of assessment.

The Income Tax Department has modified the Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) of assessing officers (I-T officers as well as Assistant Commissioners/Deputy Commissioners) to bring about greater accountability in assessment functions, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement.

In the revised format, CBDT, which is the apex policymaking body of the Income Tax Department, said the performance of the assessing officers will also be "specifically measured for quality of assessment, the pace of disposal, and efforts made towards widening of tax base".

The I-T department is committed to the objective of timely delivery of quality taxpayer services in a fair and transparent environment.

"With these changes the assessing officers will be more conscious of their accountability for the quality of their assessment orders and the tax demanded in such orders," CBDT said.

This system is expected to bring about greater judiciousness in application of law by the assessing officers, it said, adding that the modified APAR form will be applicable for reporting year 2015-16.

This initiative, CBDT said, is another step by the I-T department to provide a non-adversarial tax regime.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been maintaining that the present taxation policy should be non-adversarial and taxpayer-friendly.

The I-T department in the recent times has taken a host of initiatives to reduce human interface between tax official and assessees.

These include directing field offices only to raise specific queries in income tax assessment cases picked up for scrutiny and also expeditious completion of those scrutiny cases where income concealed is up to Rs 5 lakh.

It had also stipulated that appeals before I-T Commissioner should be filed in electronic format by those assessees who e-file their returns.

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