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Monday, July 31, 2017

Premature Closure of Public Provident Fund (PPF) account - clarifications

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Deadline for Aadhaar-PAN linking extended till August 31

The government on Monday notified that it has extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN (Permanent Account Number). The last date for the linking has now been finalised for August 31. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) also said that the Income Tax Returns (ITRs) will be processed only after the linking has been completed.

In a series of tweets from its verified handle, the Finance Ministry clarified that for e-filing of ITR, it is sufficient to quote Aadhaar or acknowledgement number but the linking needs to be completed before August 31.

Earlier, in a last minute decision, the government on Monday also extended the deadline for filing Income Tax Returns (ITRs) till August 5.

The official twitter handle of the tax department said the move was made "in view of difficulties faced by taxpayers."

A senior official of the department said the decision to extend the deadline was taken after a meeting of the revenue department and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) was held in the finance ministry on Monday.

Section 139AA of the I-T Act has made it mandatory to quote the Aadhaar number or the application number for I-T returns filed on or after July 1 this year. On June 9, the Supreme Court upheld this.

Those without an Aadhaar or its application number are in a spot, as taxpayers with an income of above Rs 5 lakh have to mandatorily file their I-T returns online.

The government has said linking of Aadhaar with PAN was an effective anti-evasion measure and had helped weed out bogus PAN cards.

Source:-The Times of India

Extension of date for filing of Income Tax Returns extended for five days up to 5th August, 2017

There are some complaints that the taxpayers are not being able to log on to the e-filing website of Income Tax Department or not being able to link Aadhaar with PAN because of different names reflected in PAN and Aadhaar database. While technical snags have been removed already, the main reason for failure of people to log in is because of last minute rush and panic in which those who have already logged in want to continue for the entire period for fear of losing it.
In order to ease-out the panic situation, the Government has decided to take the following steps:

• For the purpose of e-filing return, it would be sufficient as of now to quote Aadhaar or acknowledgement No. for having applied for Aadhaar in e-filing website. The actual linking of PAN with Aadhaar can be done subsequently, but any time before 31st August, 2017. However, the returns will not be processed until the linkage of Aadhaar with PAN is done.

• In order to facilitate the e-filing of return, it is also decided to give extension of five days for e-filing of return. The return can be filed upto 5th August, 2017.

Source:-PIB (Release ID :169306)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Revision of rates of Allowances - extension of Government decisions on the recommendations the 7th CPC in respect of employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, statutory bodies et-up by and funded/controlled by Central Govt.

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Alteration of birth date in records at fag end of career

 Chennai, Jul 29 (PTI) A plea seeking alteration of the date of birth in records by an employee at the fag end of career should not be entertained, the Madras High Court has said while dismissing a review application.

"If an employee seeks an alteration of his date of birth on the eve of his retirement, then a court of law must be doubly careful and cautious in accepting the request, as the attitude or tendency among the employees to raise such a plea comes only at the fag end of their career.

"Therefore, such a plea for alteration at the eleventh hour should not be entertained because of the possible wide ranging ramifications and repercussion to follow, which may result in compounding the problem in a manifold ways," said a division bench comprising Justices M Venugopal and S Baskaran while dismissing the review application on July 24.

The application was filed by one Jeyaratnakumar to review a division bench order which declined to effect changes in records related to his date of birth.

The petitioner was appointed as Assistant Public Prosecutor in the Department of Prosecutions by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission in 1995 on the basis of his date of birth of June 1, 1960.

Facing superannuation, he moved the High Court to change his date of birth as February 9, 1961.

As the single judge had refused, he approached a division bench, which in 2008 upheld the single judge's order.

The petitioner was given the appointment only on the basis of his year of birth as 1960. Otherwise, his candidature would have been rejected on ground of shortage of age, the bench had pointed out.

The petitioner filed the present review application challenging the bench's order nearly after nine years.

Dismissing it too, Justice Venugopal, who wrote the order for the bench, said "such a prayer at the fag end of a person's career is per se not to be entertained, as the same might affect the promotions of others, who are yearning for years below him and it would cause undoubtedly an irreparable injury and hardship to them." 

"Moreover, the power of review is not to be confused with an appellate one. If the applicant is aggrieved by the finding of the court, the remedy is not review," the bench said.

Under the guise of review, the court would not re-hear the parties on point of law afresh, the bench said and dismissed the plea.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Government mulls extending July 31 deadline for income tax returns

The government is considering the possibility of extending the July 31 deadline for filing income tax return, a senior bureaucrat in the finance ministry told ET Now. 

And, if a decision is taken to to extend the July 31 deadline, it is unlikely to be communicated to the public till the last day as the taxman does not want assesses to get lackadaisical. 

"Taxpayers this year have been facing many new difficulties, so prima facie there is a genuine case to extend the deadline," said this government official. 

For example, chartered accountants are overworked and have been busy with the transition to the goods and services tax. "Chartered Accountants immediate priority has been to help their business clients transition for GST, and not filing personal income tax returns," said the source. 

Another reason could very well be the requirement to link the Aadhar with the Pan Card to file income tax returns. "Önly 45% of the registered taxpayers have so far linked their Aadhaar with PAN,"said an official. 

Also taxpayers in flood-affected states like Assam may get a longer extention than other states.

Source:-The Economic Times

Rs 200 to be issued soon: Minister of State for Finance

 With rumours of the Centre planning a withdrawal of the newly-introduced Rs 2,000 note doing the rounds, Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar has said there was no news of its scrapping, adding the Rs 200 note will be in circulation soon.

"No news that Rs 2,000 will be scrapped," Gangwar told IANS in an interview.

"The reduction in printing of new Rs 2,000 notes is a separate issue. But that needs to be confirmed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). RBI will give information on Rs 2,000 notes," he added.

According to media reports, the government has stopped further printing of the recently printed Rs 2,000 notes.

On July 26, the issue was raised in Parliament when the opposition asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to confirm if the government was going to "demonetise Rs 2,000 notes" and if its printing had been stopped. The Minister had declined to reply.

Industry experts said the government was aiming to limit the circulation of high denomination Rs 2,000 note, which would remain a legal tender, but not demonetise it. The circulation of smaller denomination notes would be increased by introducing a new Rs 200 note.

Gangwar told IANS that Rs 200 note, printing of which had already begun, would be in circulation soon. The move to introduce Rs 200 note was to increase the circulation of smaller denomination notes, he added.

A top government official, on condition of anonymity, told IANS that the Rs 200 note would be introduced in the markets in August.

"The paper for Rs 200 notes was ready in the Mysuru paper mill in June. It should be in circulation next month," the official said.

The Mysuru paper mill is joint venture of Security Printing and Minting Corp of India Ltd (SMPCIL) and Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran, a wholly-owned subsidieary of RBI.

The Rs 200 new note was being printed in the RBI printing press. India has four currency note printing pressess -- two RBI presses at Mysuru (Karnataka) and Salboni (West Bengal) and two Security Printing and Minting Corp of India Ltd (SMPCIL) presses at Nashik (Maharashtra) and Dewas (Madhya Pradesh). SPMCIL is a public sector unit.

Lauding the introduction of Rs 200 note, a State Bank of India (SBI) report recently said that it would serve as the "missing middle".

"It seems that there has been a significant move towards relocating distribution of currency towards smaller denominations post demonetisation. However, while such a move is laudable and consistent with the long term vision of a less cash economy, we need to consider the following issues.

"Though the number of small denomination notes has increased, the mismatch caused by the presence of Rs 2,000 denomination straight after Rs 500 denomination is causing difficulties in exchanging the high denomination notes," the SBI Ecowrap report noted.

Source:-The Times of India

Thursday, July 27, 2017

New rates of Tariff on Introduction of GST

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Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme for the Central Government Employee - clarification

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Last minute checklist for filing income tax return

With only four days left for the deadline for filing income tax returns to expire. Here's a checklist to help you file your ITR successfully. 

Keep required documents handy 

The most important thing to start with ITR filingis getting the required documents together. Documents you would need would vary depending on the types of income you have. 

Documents commonly required (depending on your situation) include: Form 16 from your employer, Interest statement for interest earned on savings bank account and fixed deposits, TDS certificates, Proof of various deductions (80C to 80U) to be claimed, statement of Interest paid for home loan etc. 

Switched jobs? TDS certificate or Form 16 from previous employer is needed 

If you have switched jobs in the last financial year, then you must have received two Form 16 this year - one from current employer and one from the previous one. Most people find it difficult to deal with 2 Form-16s as they find it confusing to figure out how much is total TDS deducted etc. 

Matching TDS certificates with Form 26AS 

Most salaried employees receive salary from employers after tax is deducted. To ensure that every TDS instalment deducted from your salary is deposited in government's account on your behalf by your employer, you must match the amount mentioned in TDS certificate with that of Form 26AS. 

Form 26AS is the annual tax credit statement reflecting all the taxes deposited under your name. 

Paying all dues before filing ITR 

Before filing ITR, you must ascertain the total amount of tax to be paid by you. Once you have correctly determined the total amount of tax you, you need to subtract TDS from this total and then pay the balance. The balance tax payable can be paid using net-banking facility of your bank or by visiting the bank branch and paying taxes using Challan. 

Once you have paid your dues, ensure that the tax paid is reflecting in Form 26AS too. However, it is to be mentioned that normally as the deadline for ITR filing nears there is a gap of several days between the date of tax payment and the date by when it starts reflecting in the Form 26AS. 

Getting the ITR form correct 

Make sure you file your tax return using correct form applicable to you as otherwise it would be treated as a defective return. If you file ITR using the wrong form for you, you might receive notice under section 139(9) from the department asking you to file ITR again within the stipulated time. 

If you fail to file revised ITR within the given time, then it will be treated as if you never filed the ITR. 

Reporting all interest incomes 
As a taxpayer, it is your duty to report all the interest incomes earned by you in the previous year - in this case financial year 2016-17 - while filing ITR. Many people tend to forget mentioning the accrued interest earned on fixed deposits linked to bank lockers, recurring deposits, or interest earned on savings bank account. 

Remember that for interest earned on bank savings accounts you can claim a deduction up to Rs 10,000 under section 80TTA. 

Tax exempted income details in ITR 

Income exempted from tax such as interest earned from PPF account or tax-free bonds etc. must be reported in your ITR under the 'Exempt Income' schedule. 

Also remember that the last budget has made it mandatory for you to file ITR even if your total income plus exempted long term gains exceeds the minimum exemption limit of Rs 2.5 lakh. 

Verifying the ITR 

The last step to complete the process of filing the ITR is verifying the uploaded return. Your return won't be considered 'Valid' until it is verified by you. The I-T department has made the process of verifying ITR easier by offering 6 ways to verify your return including using Aadhaar OTP, net-banking. 

Filing the ITR before deadline 

Filing ITR before the deadline has an utmost importance as by doing this you ensure that you do not lose certain benefits. It is also advisable to develop this habit as starting next year there will be late filing fee, maximum up to Rs 10,000 if return is filed after the notified deadline. 

Source:-The Economic Times

Amendment to the Rule 170(i) of General Financial Rules (GFR), 2017

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Amendment to the Rule 152 of General Financial Rules (GFR), 2017

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Gr. C cadre restructuring put on hold till further orders

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Central Working Committee Meeting at Shimla Notification

CHQ Qtr. No. 12, P & T Colony, Khurshid Square, Civil Lines, Delhi 110 054.

Nirmalya Mitra 
o/o CPMG WB Circle
Kolkata 700012
(M) 09433395342
Vilas Ingale
General Secretary
Superintendent of POs
Palghar Division
Mira Road 401107
(M) 09869417961
Yadagiri G. Nyalapelli
Assistant Sudpt. Posts
o/o PMG, Mumbai Region
Mumbai 400001
(M) 09869143819

No. CHQ/AIAIPASP/CWC/SHIMLA/2017                     Dated :          24/7/2017. 


Under the provisions of the Article 30 of the Constitution of the Association, it is hereby notified that the Central Working Committee meeting of the Association will be held at Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) on 7th and 8th September 2017.

Venue : Grand Hotel, Mall Road, Near Ramakrishna Bhavan, Shimla 171001

Agenda :

1.       Confirmation of minutes of the last CWC held at Jaipur on 13/2/2016.
2.       Organizational review of each circle.
3.       Inter-circle transfer of IPs under Rule 38 of Postal Manual Vol. IV.
4.       Combined Seniority list of Inspector Posts cadre.
5.       LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Sr. PM and PS Gr. B.
6.       DPC for promotion to the cadre of PS Gr. B.
7.   CAT case : Eligibility and Quota for appearing in Sr. Postmaster Examination.
8.     Ernakulam Bench CAT case : Up-gradation of GP of Inspector Posts from  Rs. 4200/- to Rs. 4600/- w.e.f. 1/1/2006.
9.      Cadre restructuring of Inspector Posts cadre.
10.     Financial review of CHQ.
11.     Any other item with the permission of chair.

All the CHQ office bearers and Circle Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting at scheduled date and time.

 (Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

Copy forwarded for information and necessary action to : -

1.    The Director General, Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi 11001.
2.    All Chief PMsG (through concerned Circle Secretaries)
3.    Sri Nirmalya Mitra, President and ADPS (FS), o/o CPMG WB Circle, Kolkata    700012
4.    All CHQ Office Bearers / Circle Secretaries

Sunday, July 23, 2017

GS writes to ADG(Legal & SR) for Providing clerical assistance to Sub Divisional Head

No. CHQ/AIAIPASP/AIC-Reso/6/2016                          Dated :    21/7/2017

Shri V. Ramaswamy,
Assistant Director General (SR & Legal)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.

Subject :   Providing clerical assistance to Sub Divisional Head

Ref.        : Your letter No. 10-01/2016-SR dated 15th March 2016

Respected Sir,

     I would like to invite your kind attention to this Association’s letter of even number dated 25/2/2016 and reminder dated 2/1/2017 on the above cited subject.

     It is bring to your kind notice that SR Division of Directorate vide letter No. 10-01/2016-SR dated 15thMarch 2016 has requested DDG (P) to give direct reply to this Association on letter dated 25/2/2016, but till date nothing is heard either from SPG Division or from SR Division.  

     It is once again requested to kindly intimate the action taken by SPG Division of the Directorate on this Association’s letter of even number dated 25/2/2016 at the earliest.          
Yours sincerely,

(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

gsreminds to ADG (SR & Legal) for Implementation of "chain vacancies" issued vide Directorate Letter. No.25-10/2014-SPG dated 09-07-2014

No. CHQ/AIAIASP/AIC-Reso/5/2016                                   Dated:   21/7/2017


Shri V. Ramaswamy,
ADG (SR & Legal),
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110 001.

Subject :    Regarding inclusion of ‘chain vacancies’ --- Implementation of guidelines issued vide Directorate Letter. No.25-10/2014-SPG dated 09-07-2014

Ref.      :      Your letter No. 10-01/2016-SR dated 10th March 2016

Respected Sir,  

          Kindly refer to this Association’s letter of even number dated 25/2/2016 followed by reminder dated 9/1/2017 whereby it was pointed out that SR Division vide above captioned letter has directed ADG (SPG) to give direct reply to this Association on the subject, but till date this Association has neither heard anything from (SPG) Division nor from SR Division of Directorate.

          It is therefore once again requested to arrange to get the above important issue resolved at the earliest and line in reply is requested.

          Yours sincerely,

 (Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary

GS writes to Member (P) Holding of supplementary DPC for promotion to Postal Services Group ‘B’ cadre for the vacancies of 2016

No. CHQ/AIAIPASP/DPC-PS Gr.B/2016                            Dated :     21/7/2017

Ms Achala Bhatnagar,
Member (P)
Department of Posts, 
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject : Holding of supplementary DPC for promotion to Postal Services Group ‘B’ cadre for the vacancies of 2016.

Ref.        : Dte Memo No. 9-14/2016-SPG dated 09-12-2016

Respected Madam,

          Your kind attention is invited to this Association’s letter of even number dated 7/1/2017 followed by reminders dated 11/4/2017 and 19/6/2017 regarding holding of supplementary DPC for the year 2016-17.

          As per Directorate Memo No. 9-14/2016-SPG dated 20/6/2017 the requests of 18 officers for promotion to PS Gr. B cadre was accepted.

It is also bring to your kind notice that 5 officers against whom punishment is current are selected in DPC (para 5 of memo No. 9-14/2016-SPG dated 9-12-2016), but out of these, punishment of 3 officers is found current up to 2018, and therefore these officers will not get promotion till expiry of their punishment period. The promotion against these 3 officers may be treated as vacancy for supplementary DPC. 

In view of the above, it is once again requested to your kind honour to look into the matter personally and arrange to convene the supplementary DPC or release the extended panel result (prepared in last DPC) by considering the vacancy position as 21. It is also requested to consider the requests of the officers for repatriation to their parent circle.  

                                                                                    Yours sincerely,

(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary