Govt. approves setting up of seven Indirect Tax Ombudsmen

March 31st, 2011 - 8:48 pm ICT by ANI  

Ambika Soni New Delhi, Mar 31 (ANI): The Government today approved setting up of seven Indirect Tax Ombudsmen across the country.

These adjudicating offices will be set up in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Lucknow.

Briefing reporters after meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said: “The Ombudsmen offices will be set up at a total cost of over one crore thirty lakh rupees.”

The Indirect Tax Ombudsman shall have powers to receive complaints from tax payers on indirect tax matters and consider such complaints and facilitate their satisfaction or settlement by agreement through conciliation and mediation between the customs, central excise and service tax department and the aggrieved parties or by passing an ‘Award’ in accordance with the Guidelines.

It is expected that this will result in making the grievance redressal mechanism in the customs, central excise and the service taxes offices under the CBEC more effective and transparent. (ANI)

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