No.402/92/2006-MC (03 of 2011)
Government of India / Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
New Delhi dated the 10
India has entered into its third Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with the
British Virgin Islands. The Agreement was signed on 9
February 2011by the High
Commissioner of India to United Kingdom on behalf of India and the Deputy Premier on behalf
of British Virgin Islands. The agreement provides for sharing information, including exchange
of banking and ownership information, and also of past information in criminal tax matters.
Earlier, India had signed similar TIEAs with Isle of Man and Bermuda.
In order to further reduce litigation, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has
enhanced the limits for filing appeals against taxpayers in the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal,
High Court and Supreme Court, from tax effect of Rs.2 lakh, Rs.4 lakh and Rs.10 lakh,
respectively, to Rs.3 lakh, Rs.10 lakh and Rs.25 lakh, respectively.
In order to speed up refunds, TDS claims in all tax returns (ITR-1 to ITR-6) will be
accepted without verification if the difference between the amount claimed in the return and the
amount reflected in the TDS return (AS-26 statement) does not exceed one lakh rupees. This
will enable the Income Tax department clear nearly 95 percent refunds without verifying each
TDS claim. Cases with zero-matching, invalid TAN and difference exceeding Rs. 1 lakh will,
however, be cleared only after due verification. This precaution is necessary to avoid refund
Earlier, the Chairman CBDT had directed all Chief Commissioners to upload necessary
data so that the refunds can be issued expeditiously. It will be for the first time that most income
tax refunds of the current assessment year will be dispatched to the taxpayers within the current
financial year itself.