Large taxpayers yet to take benefits of Sabka Vishwas amnesty scheme; deadline not to be extended beyond 15 January

As many as 87.5 percent of the eligible taxpayers have taken advantage of Sabka Vishwas, a dispute resolution-cum-amnesty scheme

Press Trust of India January 07, 2020 08:17:28 IST
Large taxpayers yet to take benefits of Sabka Vishwas amnesty scheme; deadline not to be extended beyond 15 January
  • As many as 87.5 percent of the eligible taxpayers have taken advantage of Sabka Vishwas, a dispute resolution-cum-amnesty scheme

  • Large taxpayers who are almost 12.5 percent of the total eligible taxpayers with total tax amount of Rs 1.7 lakh crore under litigation have yet to make a declaration under this scheme

  • Till now, 161,214 taxpayers (87.5 percent) out of the total 1.84 lakh eligible taxpayers have already availed the scheme

New Delhi: As many as 87.5 percent of the eligible taxpayers have taken advantage of Sabka Vishwas, a dispute resolution-cum-amnesty scheme, which has been extended till 15 January.

However, the large taxpayers who are almost 12.5 percent of the total eligible taxpayers with total tax amount of Rs 1.7 lakh crore under litigation have yet to make a declaration under this scheme.

According to sources, the government is unlikely to further extend the scheme which went live on 1 September 2019.

The sources said that till now, 161,214 taxpayers (87.5 percent) out of the total 1.84 lakh eligible taxpayers have already availed the scheme.

These taxpayers have declared tax dues of around Rs 79,968 crore and after availing the various reliefs and amnesty as per the rules of the scheme, they would pay around Rs 35,094 crore, sources said.

Large taxpayers yet to take benefits of Sabka Vishwas amnesty scheme deadline not to be extended beyond 15 January

File image of Rs 100 notes. AFP.

However, only 23,000 (about 12.5 percent of the total) eligible taxpayers have not yet applied under the scheme while the vast majority of the smaller taxpayers have already opted for the scheme.

These mainly include the large taxpayers and in 7,100 such cases, a total tax amount of Rs 1.7 lakh crore is under litigation, sources said.

The sources said its officers are pursuing taxpayers to avail of this scheme before 15 January as it would not be extended further.

"The large taxpayers have not yet opted for the scheme due to many reasons. One probable reason why the large taxpayers still hesitating to come under the scheme could be the vast array of intermediaries including tax consultants, lawyers, etc. whom they rely upon," one of the sources said.

For obvious reasons, the immediate settlement of these long-pending cases is not seen in the best interests of these intermediaries, the sources added.

However, the sources said CBIC said there is no doubt that the scheme provides 'never before, never again' offered benefits so even if a taxpayer is advised its case is legally strong, economic prudence would justify it in availing the scheme.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had unveiled the Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) Scheme, 2019, in the Budget 2019-20 with the objective of settling pending disputes of the Service Tax and Central Excise.

According to the ministry, a total Rs 3.6 lakh crore is locked up in 1.83 lakh cases at various quasi-judicial, appellate and judicial forums under Service Tax and Central Excise put together.

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