Can assessee avail Vivad se Vishwas scheme for some of the issues and not for other issues in a pending appeal?

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Under the proposed Vivad Se Vishwas scheme, a taxpayer would be required to pay only the amount of the disputed taxes and will get complete waiver of interest and penalty provided he pays by March 31, 2020. Those who avail this scheme after March 31, 2020 will have to pay some additional amount of 10% of disputed tax.

The income tax (I-T) department has so far approached 5,627 entities to avail of the Vivad se Vishwas, or direct tax dispute settlement, scheme. Those approached include large taxpayers, mostly foreign banks, which have disputes relating to international taxes.

If the tax arrears include tax on issues that are excluded from the Vivad se Vishwas, such cases are not eligible to file declaration under Vivad se Vishwas. There is no provision under Vivad se Vishwas to settle part of a pending dispute in relation to an appeal or writ or SLP for an assessment year. For one pending appeal, all the issues are required to be settled and if anyone of the issues make the declaration invalid, no declaration can be filed.

Picking and choosing issues for settlement of an appeal is not allowed. With respect to one order, the appellant must choose to settle all issues and then only he would be eligible to file declaration.

 

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