Cabinet approves abolition of Ombudsman for Direct and Indirect taxes

The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the abolition of institutions of Ombudsman for income tax and indirect tax. The office of Income-Tax Ombudsman was set up in 2003 to deal with grievances of public related to the settlement of complaints relating to income tax.

Key Highlights:-

1. The institution failed to achieve its objectives as the number of new complaints have fallen to single digits.
2. People are preferring online grievance redressal mechanism.
3. The institution failed to achieve its objectives as the number of new complaints have fallen to single digits
4. Other mechanisms like Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System and Aaykar Seva Kendras are being preferred by the people.

Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) is an online web-enabled system developed by NIC. The platform based on web technology aims to enable submission of grievances by the aggrieved citizens from anywhere and anytime (24×7).

Aaykar Seva Kendras are established as part of the I-T department’s ‘Sevottam’ scheme which seeks to change the Income-tax department’s perception from a pure enforcement agency to a service provider. The Aaykar Seva Kendras help taxpayers file their returns and redress their grievances. They are meant to be a single window solution for all tax services.

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