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What is Vivad Se Vishwas scheme? How will it impact Direct Tax payments?

The Vivad Se Vishwas scheme aims to settle pending direct tax-related disputes.

Feb 5, 2020 11:42 IST
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Vivad Se Vishwas Scheme: The Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Bill, 2020 will be tabled in the Lok Sabha on February 5, 2020. The bill aims to resolve disputes related to direct tax payments.

The vivad se vishwas scheme was announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her budget speech on February 1, 2020. The scheme aims to settle the huge number of pending direct tax cases.

What is vivad se vishwas scheme?

The vivad se vishwas scheme offers a complete waiver on interest and penalty to the taxpayers who pay their pending taxes by March 31. The scheme aims to benefit those whose tax demands are locked in dispute in multiple forums.

Vivad Se Vishwas Scheme: Salient Features

The Vivad Se Vishwas scheme offers to settle pending direct tax-related disputes.

The scheme aims to resolve 483,000 direct tax-related disputes pending in various appellate forums.

The scheme offers waivers on interest and penalty if the disputed tax amount is paid before March 31, 2020.

If a taxpayer is not able to pay direct taxes by March 31st then, he will get further time till June 30th. However, in that case, he would have to pay 10 percent more on the tax.

In case it is just the interest and the penalty which is being disputed, the taxpayer will have to pay 25 percent of the disputed amount till March 31, after which, it will be 30 per cent.

Background

The vivad se vishwas scheme is similar to the 'Indirect Tax, Sabka Vishwas' scheme, which was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her maiden budget presentation in July 2019. The “Sabka Vishwas” legacy dispute resolution scheme was aimed at reducing disputes related to excise and service tax payments.

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