Mumbai: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has named three of its senior members as ‘nodal officers’ to work with numerous ministries and be sure that central and state public-sector undertakings come on board the Vivad se Vishwas tax amnesty scheme.

It has directed discipline officers to “escalate” the problem with these officers within the occasion a public-sector endeavor expresses reservation over settling tax disputes underneath the scheme.

“I’m directed to request that the circumstances of CPSEs (CPSUs) refusing to signal the joint certification of disputed tax could also be escalated to the member involved as per the allocation of ministries. It’s clarified that the joint certification of disputed tax may be signed by the CFOs or authorised representatives of CPSEs,” reads the directive, seen by ET.

On the appointment of the three senior CBDT members — Seema Patra, PK Sprint and Prabhash Shankar — the round dated February 26 states: “…they’ll act as nodal officers between the ministries allotted to them and the sphere formation for the aim of facilitating submitting of declaration by the CPSUs underneath the scheme and shall guarantee the supply of related knowledge concerning disputed calls for”.

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That is the newest in a sequence of the directives issued by the CBDT to make sure most participation within the tax amnesty scheme. In an earlier round, the CBDT had knowledgeable its discipline officers that how they dealt with the scheme “shall be an important consider finalising their annual efficiency appraisal stories and shall be an vital consider figuring out their future posting”.

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Setting such targets and circumstances may make tax officers to develop into too aggressive whereas coping with taxpayers, stated an official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity.

“Whereas it is good to be aggressive, these directives make the scheme look extra of a compulsion that the disputed taxpayers ought to avail of, relatively than it’s voluntary,” the official stated. “…by linking this to the value determinations and future postings of the sphere officers, you might be solely pushing them to go all out to make the taxpayers avail of the scheme. The method shall be aggressive relatively than that of being a facilitator who helps and guiding the taxpayers to settle the dispute.”

Mumbai, which contributes 37 per cent of the full direct tax assortment, has lined up an inventory of 53 CPSUs and a minimum of 45 Maharashtra state PSUs, stated the folks. In case of CPSUs, they stated, the tax division had tabulated tax calls for of greater than Rs 1.57 lakh crore, with it getting over Rs 24,000 crore after settling the disputes within the partial amnesty scheme rolled out by the finance ministry.