Task Force On Direct Taxes Gets More Time To Submit Report
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Task Force On Direct Taxes Gets More Time To Submit Report

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The finance ministry has given more time to the high-level task force formed to draft a new direct tax law for submitting its report.

The task force, constituted by the government in November 2017 to review the existing Income Tax Act, 1961, and draft a new direct tax law in consonance with economic needs of the country, was required to submit its report by July 31.

“The government has 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 ministry said in a release.

Earlier, the task force was supposed to submit its report by May 31 but the then former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gave two months’ extension to complete the exercise.

The finance ministry in November last year appointed Akhilesh Ranjan, member (legislation) of Central Board of Direct Taxes, 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.

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