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The Central Board of Direct Taxes, under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, has issued an Interim Action Plan for the financial year 2024-25. This comprehensive plan outlines key result areas and timelines for effective tax administration. Let’s delve into the detailed analysis.

 The Interim Action Plan delineates various key result areas (KRAs) and their corresponding timelines for achievement. These KRAs encompass assessment charges, refund-related actions, grievance redressal, audit objections, rectification processes, sharing of information with law enforcement agencies, release of seized assets, international tax matters, exemption units, and more.

Each KRA specifies the tasks to be undertaken and the deadlines for their completion. For in-stance, assessment charges include demand verification, passing orders on disputed demands, categorizing difficult-to-recover demands, and approval of pending refunds. Similarly, international tax matters involve the disposal of assessments, verification of CA/CB certificates, and disposal of TDS-related applications.

The plan also addresses appellate matters, vigilance-related issues, HRD matters, and other administrative tasks. It emphasizes the importance of timely action and strict compliance to ensure effective tax governance and transparency.

The Interim Action Plan for FY 2024-25 provided by the Central Board of Direct Taxes offers a structured approach to enhance tax administration efficiency. By delineating specific tasks and timelines, the plan aims to streamline processes, expedite decision-making, and ensure accountability across various departments. Adherence to the outlined guidelines is crucial for achieving the desired outcomes and meeting the objectives of tax revenue generation and compliance.

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F. No 380/01/2024 — IT(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes

North Block, New Delhi
05th April, 2024

To

All Pr. Chief Commissioners/Pr. Director Generals of Income Tax

Subject: Interim Action Plan for the F.Y.2024-25- reg.

Respected Madam/Sir,

Please find enclosed the Interim Action Plan for the financial year 2024-25. You are requested to kindly circulate the same amongst all the officers in your region/ charge for necessary action and strict compliance within the time limit indicated against each key result area.

Encl: As above

Yours faithfully,

(Rubal Singh)
JCIT (OSD), IT Budget
011-23092641

Copy to:

1. PPS to Chairman & all Members in the CBDT

2. All the Commissioners & Joint Sectaries of the CBDT.

3. Database Cell for uploading on the website irsofficersonline.qov.in

Interim Action Plan FY 2024-25 of Income Tax Department

INTERIM ACTION PLAN FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2024-2025

Apart from the statutory limitation matters being attended to by the respective Charges, the following Key Result Areas have been identified for achievement within the time lines as indicated below:

Key Result Area Timeline
A. Assessment Charges (other than Faceless charges)
(i) Demand Verification:

(a) Submission of AO responses to outstanding demands as on 01-04-2024, in ITBA Recovery module

  • JA0s to provide response in ITBA recovery module for demands Rs. 500 crore and above.
  • JAOs to provide response in ITBA recovery module for demands between Rs. 10 crore to Rs. 500 crore.
  • JA0s to provide response in ITBA recovery module for demands between Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 10 crore.

(b) Passing of orders in cases where the AO disagrees with the Demands above Rs. 1 crore and such Demands are rectifiable on account of mismatch of Prepaid taxes, Du-plicate Demands, OGE, etc.

  • Demands of Rs. 500 crore and above
  • Demands between Rs. 10 crore to Rs. 500 crore
  • Demands between Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 10 crore
30.04.2024

31.05.2024

31.05.2024

30.04.2024

31.05.2024

31.05.2024

(ii) CAP Statements:

Categorizing of Demand “Difficult to recover” as per Col. No. 9 (a to s), and ‘Demand under Dispute’ as per Col. No. 11 of CAP-I shall be uploaded on the system as per the Facility/Utility available in the Demand Management Module and for which FAQ has been issued in February, 2020.

31.05.2024
(iii) Refund related actions:

(a) Approval of all pending refunds, withheld u/s 241A, where scrutiny assessments have been completed and necessary orders have been passed

(b) Approval by JAO/Range Head of all refunds pending, of ITBA e-returns, for all Assessment years.

Immediate Action – latest by 30.04.2024
(iv) Grievance Redressal:

Disposal of E-nivaran and CPGRAM over 30 days

Immediate
(v) Audit Objection:

(a) Final Settlement of atleast 50% of Major and 75% of Minor Internal as well as Revenue Audit Objections which were received till 31.12.2023

(b) Final Settlement of atleast 50% of Internal as well as Revenue Audit Objections brought for-ward on 01.04.2024

30.06.2024

30.06.2024

(vi) Rectification u/s 154 of the Act:

(a) Disposal of applications u/s 154 filed by the assessees pending as on 01.04.2024

30.06.2024 or as per the time limit prescribed under the Income-tax Act, 1961, whichever is earlier
(vii) Sharing of information sought by various LEAs (CBI, ED, SEBI, CBIC/DRI, FIU-IND, Police and SFIO, etc.)
(a)100% submission of information in requests pending as on 31.03.2024 30.04.2024
(b)Submission of information in requests received after 01.04.2024 To be furnished within 15 days of receipt of request from Inv. Division, CBDT
(viii) Release of Seized Assets:

Identify all cases where seized assets are due for release as per section 132B and release thereof

30.06.2024
(ix) Uploading of actionable information received from LEAs/ any other authority on VRU/CRIU functionality Within 15 days of receipt
(x) Identification and processing of all cases (search cases, 153C/ 148 cases, Black Money Act cases, FT&TR cases, etc.) which require centralization in the central charges (to be done in ITBA only). 30.04.2024
(xi) Completion of processing of cases of prosecution u/s 276CC for defaults in filing of return of income, already identified by Systems Directorate or identified manually. 30.06.2024
(xii) Completion of processing of all cases where penalty has been confirmed before ITAT during F.Y. 2023-24, for prosecution u/s 276C(1). 30.06.2024
(xiii) Completion of processing of all cases of wilful attempt to evade the payment of tax, penalty or interest u/s 276C(2). 30.06.2024
(xiv) Disposal of all compounding applications pending as on 31.03.2024 by all charges except TDS charge. 30.06.2024
(xv) Processing of returns of income validly filed electronically with refund claims under section 143(1) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 beyond the prescribed time limits in non-scrutiny cases for A.Y. 2021-22. 30.04.2024
(xvi) Audit related work
(a) Internal Audit
Compiling and submission of Monthly Audit Report Data Within 20 days from the end of the month.
Compiling and submission of Quarterly Audit Report Data for the period upto March, 2024 30.04.2024
(b) Revenue Audit
Compiling and submission of Monthly Audit Report Data Within 20 days from the end of the month.
Compiling and submission of Quarterly Audit Report Data for the period upto March, 2024 30.04.2024
Preparation & submission of Draft Action Taken Notes (ATN) on draft para raised by C&AG Within 30 days from receipt of relevant letter from CIT (A&J).
Providing inputs on queries raised by C&AG w.r.t. performance Within the time stipulated by CIT(A&J)
(xvii) Inspection related work
Review of Inspection reports in cases of Ward, Circle and Range offices, received by 31.03.2024. 30.04.2024
Review of Inspection reports in cases of CIT (Appeals), received by 31.03.2024 15.05.2024
(xviii) Field support Function
Collection of data for the publishing of the `Compendium of Audit’ 30.06.2024
Collection of data for the publishing of ‘ Taxalogue’ 30.06.2024
(xix) For JAOs- All pending remand reports to be completed 30.06.2024
B. International Tax/Transfer Pricing
(i) (a) Disposal of assessment in atleast 10% of the cases where limitation expires on 31.03.2025 30.06.2024
(b)Disposal of TPO’s order in atleast 90% of the cases where limitation for TPO’s order expires on 31.07.2024
(ii) Verification of atleast 10% of all 15 CA/CB certificates sent to the field in F.Y. 2023-24 and initiation of action u/s 201(1)/(1A) in appropriate cases
(iii) Disposal of all pending applications as on 01.04.2024 for nil/lower deduction TDS/TCS certificates under section 195 and 197.

Disposal of all fresh applications for nil/lower deduction TDS/TCS certificates under section 195 and 197.

Within a month of receipt of the same

Within a month of receipt of the same

(iv) (a)Creation of complete hierarchy for all field formations of International Taxa-tion and Transfer Pricing in all Systems Module 15.05.2024
(b)Transfer of PANs to correct jurisdictions both within and out of International Taxation 31.05.2024
C. Exemption units
(i) Completion of consequential action by assessing officers in all cases wherein condonation has been allowed by the CIT for delay in filing Form 9A, 10, 10B, 1 OBB One month from the end of the month in which condonation order was passed by CIT
(ii) Completion of consequential actions, viz.

verifications/ issuance of order granting registration u/s 80G in pursuance of directions/ orders of Appellate authorities

30.06.2024
D. NaFAC
(i) Disposal of penalties in atleast 50% of the cases getting time barred on 31.03.2025 including cases where penalties had been kept in abeyance and subsequently the orders of the first appellate authority in quantum appeal have been received during F.Y. 2023-24 and the penalty is imposable as per proviso 2 section 275(1)(a) of the Act. 30.06.2024
(ii) Centralised communication to assessees in non- responsive cases Immediately after timeline for compliance is over as per SOP
(iii) Transfer out of cases falling under exceptional categories from AU to JAOs in respect of proceedings getting time barred in F.Y. 2024-25 30.06.2024
(iv) Allocation of reassessment cases getting time barred on 31.03.2025 to AU by the Directorate of Systems 30.04.2024
(v) First questionnaire under section 142(1) of the Act in all allocated cases 30.06.2024
E. TDS Units
(i) Reduction out of TDS demands as on 01.04.2024 including demand not fallen due by 25% Collection out of TDS demands as on 01.04.2024 including demand not fallen due by 10%. 30.06.2024
(ii) Examination of top 30 cases of short payment (per Assessing Officer as per MIS report ‘SP with unconsumed challans’).
(iii) Reconciliation of brought forward cases (as on 01.04.2024) of TDS reported by AINs with payment through OLTAS by State AGs based on report available on TRACES portal 30.06.2024
(iv) Verification of Form No. 27C/15G/15H received during FY 2023-24
(v) Seminars/awareness campaigns to be conducted through webinars
(vi) Passing of order u/s 201(1)/(1A) in all cases where TDS survey has been con-ducted upto 31.03.2024 30.06.2024
(vii) Disposal of all pending applications as on 01.04.2024 for nil/lower deduction TDS/TCS certificates u/s 197 and 206C (9) Within a month of receipt of the same
Disposal of all fresh applications for nil/lower deduction TDS/TCS certificates u/s 197 and 206C (9)
(viii) Passing of order u/s 201(1)/201(1A) in all cases where TDS e-verification was approved till 31.12.2023 30.06.2024
(xi) (a) Completion of processing of identified cases for prosecution u/s 276B/BB in accordance with Scheme approved by the Board, and disseminated to CsIT (TDS) 30.06.2024
(b)Identification of potential cases for prosecution as a result of survey or other information or verification or proceedings carried out in F.Y. 2023-24 & earlier years. By CIT (TDS) with Addl. CIT (TDS) and AO (TDS)

30.06.2024

(c)Finalization of Compounding Proposals pending as on 31.03.2024 By CCIT/(TDS)

30.06.2024

F. CIT (Appeals)
(i) (a) Disposal of atleast 150 (excluding VSV appeals) appeals. Priority should be given to disposal of the appeals filed prior to 01.04.2020, followed by disposal of appeals filed after 01.04.2020.

(b)VSV appeals for which Form-5 has been received

30.06.2024

Within fifteen days of receipt of the Form-5

(ii) In respect of CsIT(A) handling appeals filed under the Black Money Act, 2015, the above disposal must include the following:-

Appeals filed under the Black Money Act 2015-

(a) Appeals filed against penalty orders (Chapter IV of the Act)

Disposal of minimum of 10 appeals or 10% of total such appeals pending, whichever is higher.

(b) Appeals filed against order u/s 10(3)/10(4) of the Act Disposal of minimum of 5 appeals (Subject to availability of sufficient number of appeals)

30.06.2024

30.06.2024

(iii) For Additional/ JCIT(Appeals):
Disposal of atleast 150 pending appeals
30.06.2024
G. CIT(Audit)
Audit Objection :
(i) Final Settlement of atleast 50% of Major and 75% of Minor Internal and Revenue Audit Objections which were received till 31.12.2023 30.06.2024
(ii) Final Settlement of atleast 50% of Internal and Revenue Audit Objections brought forward on 01.04.2024 30.06.2024
H. Pr. CCIT/CCIT and Pr.CIT/CIT
(i) Annual updation of Asset Register (as on 31.03.2024) and submission of information to Directorate of Infrastructure 30.06.2024
(a) Delayed Rent Revision proposals received from the field offices to be submit-ted to the Competent Authority 15.06.2024
(b) submission of rent related proposals to the Competent Authority Within 45 days of receipt. of proposal, the Pr.CCIT should send such proposals to CBDT. In any case, proposals should be sent 6 months prior to the expiry of date of earlier agreement.
(iii) Submission of quarterly dossier report above Rs. 500 crores by the respective Pr. CCsIT/DGsIT(Inv.)
received by 31.03.2024
15.04.2024
(iv) Recommendation of CIT/DIT in standardized proforma to Member (IT) w.r.t Form 3CF applications received by 31.03.2024 30.06.2024
(v) a. Disposal of petitions filed u/s 119 of the Act for condonation of delay brought forward from 01.04.2024

b. Submission of field reports by Pr.CCsIT in cases where petition under section 119(2)(b) of the Act are pending before the Board.

 

30.06.2024

30.06.2024

Appellate Matters
(vi) 100% implementation of e-office for SLP work 30.04.2024
(vii) 100% filing of Revenue appeals/petitions before High Court and ITAT in e-filing mode 31.05.2024
(viii) Pending High Court cases with SQsL to be updated on LIMBS portal 30.06.2024
I. Directorate of Intelligence & Criminal
Investigation (I & CI)
(i) To ensure filing of Form 61/ 61A by all non-filer SROs for FY 2022-23 30.06.2024
(ii) Outreach Activities:

(a) For SFT/SRA filing (Atleast 4 by each DIT including 1 for SRO. Starting from 15th April)

(b) For PAN Validation (Atleast 2 by each DIT)

(c) For e-Verification Scheme (Atleast 2 by each DIT)

(iii) To complete work for Peer Review as per schedule drawn
(iv) To carry out verification work as per pendency
(v) Closure of all Form 61B matters pending verification

In addition to the above, the following Key Result Areas shall also be undertaken by the relevant field formations :-

J.

Vigilance related matters
(i) Seminars on Preventive Vigilance- One meeting in each Pr. CCIT region on Preventive Vigilance issues for sensitization of AOs and DDOs 30.06.2024
(ii) Processing/Handling of complaints received by field formations:

(a) Processing and finalization of 30% of pending complaints received upto 31.03.2024.

(b) One review meeting in every quarter by Zonal ADG (Vig.) with each Pr. CCIT of their charge for monitoring of all pending Vigilance cases — Group ‘C’

(c) Forwarding of all pending complaints to respective CVOs in cases of Group ‘A’, Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ officers/officials

30.06.2024

30.06.2024

30.04.2024

(iii) Disposal of DPs by field formations:

(a) Disposal of 25% DPs brought forward as on 01.04.2024

(b) Providing relied upon documents to I0/ PO/ CO

  • All relied upon documents to CO along with Charge Memorandum
  • All relied upon documents to 1i0/ PO
30.06.2024

30.06.2024

Within 15 days from appointment of IO/P0

(iv) Vigilance Clearances :

(a) Vigilance clearances in individual cases

(b) Vigilance clearances in group cases

Within 7 working days of receipt of request Within 15 working days of receipt of request
(v) Appeals filed against Penalty Orders in case of Gr. B and Gr. C offic-ers/officials Within 1 month from the date of receipt
(vi) Training Sessions:

(a) Training/ Interactive Seminars on CCS(CCA) Rules and CCS(Conduct) Rules in every quarter by each Pr.CCIT in association with Zonal ADG (Vig.) and NADT, Regional Campus

(b)Training of I0s/ POs/ Vigilance Workforce once in three months in association with Zonal ADG(Vig)

30.06.2024

30.06.2024

K. HRD related matters
Pr. CCIT(CCA)
(i) Holding of all pending DPCs at all grades (Group B & C) 15.05.2024
(i) Completion of pending deficient APAR (Group B & C) 31.05.2024
(ii) Implementation of e-office for communication with CBDT 30.04.2024
(iii) Cataloguing of Service Litigation 31.05.2024
(iv) Identification of activities to be undertaken for celebration of Income Tax Day, 2024 15.04.2024
(v) Cancellation of candidature and returning of dossiers of candidates beyond 6 months 30.04.2024
(vi) Reporting of vacancies in direct recruitment cadres of Group B & C 15.05.2024
Directorate of HRD
(i) Issue of notification for holding online Departmental Exam for ITO/ITI/MS Exam and registration of eligible candidates 31.05.2024
(vii) Notification of RRs of OS/ITI/PS 30.06.2024
(viii) Finalisation of Civil List 31.05.2024
(ix) Sensitisation on consequence of non-filing of IPR 15.04.2024
(x) Completion of pending deficient APAR (Group A) 31.05.2024
(xi) Reporting of vacancies to SSC after obtaining NOC from Surplus Cell, DoPT 30.06.2024
(xii) Finalisation of RFP for HRMS platform 15.05.2024

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