F. No. 279/Misc 53/2003-ITJ

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Direct Taxes

New Delhi, the 19th  June, 2015


All Pr. Chief Commissioners of Income Tax

Subject: Instruction No 20/2003, dated 23.12.2003 regarding issue of appellate order within 15 days of the last hearing- reg.


CBDT has lately noticed that terms of  Instruction No. 20/2003, dated 23.12.2003(copy enclosed) on the subject mentioned above are not being adhered to. The operative part of the Instruction is reproduced below for ready reference;

“ 2 The Board desires that appellate orders by Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) should be issued with 15 days of the last hearing. Any lapse on this account shall be viewed adversely.

3. This shall also be applicable to orders passed by the CIT (Administration)/ CCIT as regards matters within their purview under varied Sections of Income Tax Act,1961 such as Sections 80G, 264, 263 or Orders under Rule 86 of Second Schedule and under other allied direct taxes”

2.   You are requested to ensure strict compliance of the above by all the officers concerned.

Yours faithfully

(Priyanka Singh)

Under Secretary of the Government of India

Tele : 26882637

Click on link to View Instruction No. 20/2003, dated 23.12.2003

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