Prakash Javadekar said that there are around 9 crore disputed cases pending at different levels of jurisdiction.
The government has today announced attractive offers for the taxpayers so that they can clear their disputes at the earliest. In a press briefing held today, Prakash Javadekar announced that the taxpayers will get lucrative incentives if they clear their disputes before 31 March 2020, which will be a win-win situation for both the government and the taxpayers. He also said that 10% extra charge will be applicable for settling the dispute from 1 April 2020. Calling the move as an extension of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, he urged the taxpayers to take the most out of this scheme and clean the system.
In another major announcement, the minister also said that there are around 9 crore dispute cases pending at different levels of jurisdiction but if the current status of the court’s decision is in the favour of the taxpayer, he will only have to pay 50 per cent of the amount now and the rest after the entire proceeding is over. Earlier, the taxpayer was supposed to pay the full amount at once.
Meanwhile, the government launched ‘Vivad se Vishwas’ scheme to settle the pending direct tax resolution schemes after launching a similar scheme ‘Sabka Vishwas’ last year, which was aimed to clear the pending disputed cases related to indirect tax. It has also been earlier reported that under the scheme, nearly 70 per cent of the disputed cases were resolved, however, the big tickets still kept distance with the scheme. According to the data released in Lok Sabha this week, the total amount of funds that are locked up with the government in cases at various levels under service tax and central excise put together by the end of 2019 is more than Rs 4 lakh crore. This amount is stuck with the government in nearly 1.4 lakh cases.