Task Force On Direct Tax Code Submits Report To Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
A government-appointed task force headed by Central Board of Direct Taxes member Akhilesh Ranjan on Monday submitted its report on the new Direct Tax Code, which seeks to replace the existing Income Tax Act.
The details of the report, however, could not be known immediately.
The Finance Ministry in a tweet said, "Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Smt. @nsitharaman received the report submitted by Shri Akhilesh Ranjan, Convenor of the Task force constituted by the Government to draft New Direct Tax Law, in New Delhi today." The task force was supposed to submit its report by May 31, but the then finance minister Arun Jaitley gave two months extension to complete the exercise.
Subsequently, the government allowed the task force to submit its report by Aug. 16, in light of the fact that the new members of the task force requested for more time to provide further inputs.
The finance ministry in November last year appointed Akhilesh Ranjan, Member (Legislation), CBDT, as convenor of the task force after the retirement of Arbind Modi.
Other members of the task force include Girish Ahuja (chartered accountant), Rajiv Memani (Chairman and Regional Managing Partner of EY), Mukesh Patel (Practicing Tax Advocate), Mansi Kedia (Consultant, ICRIER) and GC Srivastava (retired IRS and Advocate).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the annual conference of tax officers in September 2017, had observed that the Income-Tax Act, 1961, was drafted more than 50 years ago and it needs to be redrafted.
The task force was assigned to draft direct tax laws in line with the norms prevalent in other countries, incorporating international best practices, and keeping in mind the economic needs of the country.
The panel was initially supposed to submit its report to the government, within six months, by May 22, 2018, which was further extended till Aug. 22.
Following Arbind Modi's retirement on Sept. 30, 2018, Akhilesh Ranjan-led panel was tasked to submit report by Feb. 28. It was then extended till May 31.