Clearance of wrongly picked audit cases in 15 days made mandatory

ISLAMABAD (December 04 2002) : The Central Board of Revenue (CBR) has made it mandatory for the income tax officials to clear within 15 days of receipt all applications pertaining to wrongly selected cases under Self Assessment Scheme (SAS).

The CBR on Tuesday directed all Regional Commissioners of Income Tax (RCITs) that the concerned officials should not take more than fifteen days to delete erroneously selected cases.

The authorities have recently issued income tax circular 15/2002, which notifies procedure for the taxpayers whose cases were erroneously selected for total audit under SAS. However, the circular was mum over the time period required to process the applications to delete wrongly selected cases.

Now, the income tax officials have been restricted by the department to delete a case within 15 days from the date of receipt of application.

The circular also pointed out that the nominated income tax officials in each Zone would be authorised to deal with all such applications. But it did not specify that the application would not be finalised till Commissioner of Income Tax (CIT) gives formal approval for deletion of wrongly selected cases.

The directive to RCITs clearly says that the nominated officers are bound to take prior approval for the deletion.

The nominated officials would process the applications in co-ordination with the assessing officials, it added.

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