Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
North Block, New Delhi

Instruction No. 01/2016
Dated: 15th of February, 2016

Subject: Following the prescribed time limit in passing order under sub-section (8) of 154 of Income tax Act, 1961-regd

Sub-section (8) of section 154 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘Act’) stipulates that where application for amendment is made by assessee/deductor/collector with a view to rectify any mistake apparent from record, the income-tax authority concerned shall pass an order, within a period of six months from the end of the month in which such an application is received, by either making amendment or refusing to allow the claim. It has been brought to the notice of the Board that the said time limit of six months has not been observed in deciding some applications. In such cases, the authorities often take a view that since no action was taken within the prescribed time-frame, application of the taxpayer is deemed to have lapsed, thereby not requiring any action.

2. The matter has been examined by the Board. In this regard, the undersigned is directed to convey that the aforesaid time-limit of six months is to be strictly followed by Assessing Officer while disposing applications filed by the assessee/deductor/collector under section 154 of the Act. The supervisory officers should monitor the adherence of prescribed time limit and suitable admin action may be initiated in cases where failure to adhere to the prescribed time frame is noticed.

3. The contents of this Instruction may be brought to the notice of all for necessary compliance.

4. Hindi version to follow.

(Rohit Garg)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

(F. No. 225/305/2015-ITA.II)

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  1. CA. M. Lakshmanan says:

    The authorities shall think of amending the Income Act in such way that if the rectification petition is not attended within six months from the date of receipt at the Income Tax Office, it should deemed to have been allowed.

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