New Delhi: The issue of excessive and repetitive reports being demanded from the field formation by the Commissioners and Chief Commissioners of Income Tax is being viewed by the subordinate staff as a waste of time and counter productive when it comes augmentation of revenue.
The Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association has taken up this matter on a serious note. The Association on 6 August 2015 wrote a letter to the Chairperson Central Board of Direct Taxes underscoring that even she had expressed displeasure on the issue of repetitive and excessive reports asked from the field formation by the immediate higher authorities.
It has been brought to the notice of the CBDT Chairperson that it has become a practice and the higher authorities were asking for reports and seeking compliance from subordinate officers till the level of assessing officers whereas all such required information and statistics was already being provided through the Statutory Reports submitted at the beginning of each month by the respective Assessment Officers.
It has been highlighted by the Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association that most of these reports are system generated and are available under the code of the respective higher authorities. Asking for such reports, even if these are required, from the subordinate officers at frequent intervals is nothing but the wastage of very precious manpower and working hours.
Citing examples, the Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association has pointed out that Disposal of Scrutiny assessment, Pendency of returns and status report of return entry were available in the Statutory Reports submitted at the beginning of every month but still these were being demanded. Similarly, the officers at the AO level were being asked regularly to submit Review of performance of Ayakar Sampark Kendra (ASK) and Information of total amount of Refund while these figures were available at the portals of CCIT/CIT/Addl.CIT.
Moreover, innumerable reports were also being asked verbally by the CCsIT/CsIT everyday and the officers posted in field formation were being compelled to comply with the directives. According to the Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association the subordinate officers, despite their full commitment were unable to comply with the time frame given to them for furnishing the reports due to the “slow functioning of the (computer aided) system”.
The Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association has demanded that “this inhuman pressure of reporting, over and above the compilation of the Statutory Reports and the reports relating to the Parliamentary queries and Audit queries, at the whims of the immediate higher authorities, are to be stopped immediately at the interest of allowing the Assessing Officers to have quality time to put in favour of augmentation of revenue.”