Limit increased for filing Appeal by CBDT and CBIC department

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(Last Updated On: July 12, 2018)
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Government of India
Ministry of Finance
11 JUL 2018 5:52PM by PIB Delhi
Major Steps taken for Reducing Tax Litigations

In order to reduce the long pending grievances of taxpayers and to minimise litigations pertaining to tax matters and to facilitate the Ease of Doing Business, Government of India has decided to increase the threshold monetary limits for filing Departmental Appeals at various levels, be it Appellate Tribunals, High Courts and the Supreme Court in the following manner :-

 

Sl. No.Appeal ForaPresent limit for filing appeal

(In Rs.)

Enhanced limit

(In Rs.)

1.ITAT / CESTAT10 lakhs20 lakhs
2.High Courts20 lakhs50 lakhs
3.Supreme Court25 lakhs1 Crore

 

This is a major step in the direction of litigation management of both direct and indirect taxes as it will effectively reduce minor litigations and help the Department to focus on high value litigations.

In case of CBDT, out of total cases filed by the Department in ITAT, 34% of cases will be withdrawn. In case of High Courts, 48% of cases will be withdrawn and in case of Supreme Court 54% of cases will be withdrawn. The total percentage of reduction of litigation from Department’s side will get reduced by 41%. However, this will not apply in such cases where substantial point of law is involved.

Similarly, in case of CBIC, out of total cases filed by the Department in CESTAT, 16% of cases will be withdrawn. In case of High Courts, 22% of cases will be withdrawn and in case of Supreme Court 21% of cases will be withdrawn. The total percentage of reduction of litigation from Department’s side will get reduced by 18%. However, this will not apply in such cases where substantial point of law is involved.

This step will also reduce future litigation flow from the Department side.

Refer :Increase in threshold monetary limits for filing Appeals : CBIC Instruction dated 11.07.2018

Refer Also CBDT Revised limit for filing Appeals by Income Tax department to Tribunal/High Court/Supreme Court Circular No 21/2015 as Amended by Letter dated 14.07.2017

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