Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Innovation by Tax Bureaucrats: CBDT so far issues certificates of appreciation to 23 lakh taxpayers for “contribution towards nation building”

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IN AN innovative way to incentivize honest tax payers, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) now issues certificates of appreciation — in the third round it has recently issued certificates to nearly 3.74 lakh tax payers, with the total number of such certificates now standing over 23 lakh. But whose idea was it? And who's eligible to receive those certificates of appreciation by the direct tax board? To receive a certificate of the platinum category, one needs to…
pay taxes of Rs 1 crore and above. For the gold category, a taxpayer’s contribution has to be between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1 crore. Those who pay taxes between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 lakh are eligible to receive certificate of appreciation in the silver category. And the bronze category certificates are issued by the CBDT to taxpayers with a contribution of tax between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 10 lakh.
The idea behind this exercise, as a recent finance ministry statement said, is to acknowledge the contributions of tax payers by "paying taxes towards nation building and promptness in filing of Income-Tax returns". 
As the CBDT informs, such certificates of appreciation are sent only by e-mail in various categories on the basis of the taxes paid by them for the assessment year 2016-17, where taxes are paid in full,  tax payers have no outstanding tax liabilities, the return is e-filed within the prescribed due date and verified through digital signature or electronic verification code (EVC) or submission of signed ITR-V to CPC Bangalore.
It’s not however known whose original idea it was to acknowledge the tax payers with certificates of appreciation. If any bureaucrat knows the insights, do write in the comment box below.


  1. What innovation is this? Innovation means IAS. IRS has no scope for innovation. They have to listen to their Revenue Secretary boss :p

  2. Yes. What innovation by IRS? That word 'innovation' should be attributed only to IAS. Not some IRS, IPS, Customs or Railways. Only we IAS have the right to it. WE are the real successors of British Imperial ICS. Every achievement by any department or any employee in the GOI should be attributed to only an IAS. IAS is omnipresent and omniscient. Even all achievements of PM Modi should be attributed to IAS. Failures ofcourse to politicians though.

  3. If 23 lakh taxpayers are awarded this certificate then the FM's charge that Indians are tax evaders stands rebutted.

  4. Implementation of Good Ideas in Govt Of India after 70 years without scam is always best choice , no matter which service implement good idea /suggestion . In India biggest challenge is accepting good idea/suggestion . But after taking over Central Govt , Hon. PM Shri N.Modi made it possible and easy to submit and accept any good idea or suggestion through Interact with PM website and My Gov website .