Hiking income tax appeal limit to reduce litigation

The finance ministry’s decision to significantly increase the limit for the income tax department to appeal disputes in higher forums will reduce litigation and ensure smoother transition to the proposed direct tax code.

The monetary limit for an appeal before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal has been increased to Rs 50 lakh from Rs 20 lakh by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

In case of high courts, the limit has been doubled to Rs 1 crore and in case of Supreme Court, the revised limit for filing appeal has been increased from Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore

Experts opined that one of the reasons to raise the monetary limits could be that the revenue department has fared poorly in the appeals filed by it, which is evident from the Economic Survey of 2017-18.

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