‘Vivad Se Vishwas’ Scheme: Cases In Arbitration Abroad Eligible, Says Income Tax Department
Income tax cases being arbitrated abroad will be eligible to be taken up under the proposed ‘Vivad se Vishwas’ scheme to settle disputes between the taxman and the taxpayer, the department said on Saturday.
The Income Tax department issued advertisements in leading dailies saying the scheme was a “golden opportunity... to settle income tax disputes”, bridge the trust deficit in cases of disputes and minimise tax-related litigation.
The public message spells out the main features of the scheme proposed by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget speech on February 1, like the eligibility, disputes covered and payment terms.
Under the eligibility head, the department said appeals and writs filed on or before January 31 this year will be allowed to be taken up under the scheme.
Other eligibilities are:
- Orders for which time for filing appeal has not expired on January 31;
- Cases pending before dispute resolution panel (DRP) or where the DRP issued direction on or before January 31, 2020 but no order has been passed;
- Cases where assessee filed revision and in raid cases where disputed tax is less than Rs 5 crore in a year.
It added that disputes where the payment has already been made shall also be eligible; appeals or writs filed by taxpayers or the department and cases in arbitration in India or abroad.
The scheme, it said in the advertisement, will cover all disputes related to tax, penalty, interest, fee, tax deducted at source or tax collected at source.
Talking about the payment of taxes under the scheme, it said for remittances made on or before March 31, 100 per cent of the disputed tax is to be paid (125 per cent in search cases) and if appeal relates only to disputed penalty or interest or fee then 25 per cent of the disputed penalty or interest or fee is to be paid.
If the payment is made beyond March 31 but by the end date of the scheme on June 30, then 110 per cent of disputed tax is to be paid (135 per cent in search cases) such that it does not increase total demand.
If the case relates to appeal only on disputed penalty or interest or fee then 25 per cent of the disputed penalty or interest or fee is to be paid under the scheme by March 31.
This amount will be 30 per cent if payment is made beyond after March, 31 but before June, 30.
“If an issue in taxpayer's pending appeal is already decided in his favour by appellate forum or if department has filed appeal on an issue, amount payable is 50 per cent of aforesaid amounts,” it said.
The scheme is yet to be notified.