Friday, July 26, 2013

Mandatory submission of e-revision authorities by the PAOs

Mandatory submission of e-revision authorities by the PAOs

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Central Pension Accounting Office
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place

New Delhi
CPAO/Tech/e-Revision/2013-14/75
26.06.2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Mandatory submission of e-revision authorities by the PAOs.

In continuation of this office OM No. CPAO/E-REVISION/PRE-2006/(25)/2013-14/33 dated 09.05.2013 followed by OM No. CPAO/Tech/6th CPC/2013-14/42 dated 16.05.2013 regarding revised software (e-revision utility) for processing of pre-2006 pension cases in accordance with O.M No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 28th January, 2013 read with OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 13th February, 2013 issued by Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare- all Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs (with independent charge) are advised to issue instructions to their concerned PAOs to make the issuance of e-authority in all revision cases mandatory with the following exceptions: -

i) If the pensioner dies after 01.01.2006 the case will be processed in 2 parts. The Life Time Arrears (LTA), if any, for such cases should be calculated manually and forwarded to CPAO. The revision of family pension will be processed through e- revision utility only.

ii) Relationship other than spouse is not acceptable in the e-Revision system for family pension cases w.e.f. 22.11.2011. Hence such cases should also be done manually.

iii) Cases of pensioners residing abroad;

iv) Compulsory Retirement;

v) Cases of Supreme Court Judges;

vi) Cases of Vth Pay Commission revision where pension has not been revised as per Vth CPC earlier.

vii) Cases pertaining to pensioners absorbed in PSUs have to be computed based on separate formulation and processed manually in PAOs.

2. As the revised software of e-revision utility is working successfully it has been decided that no manual revision authority will be accepted from 1st July, 2013 onwards with the exceptions mentioned above.

This issues with the approval of Addl. Controller General of Accounts.

sd/-
(Dr. Dilip Kumar)
Controller of Accounts

Source: http://cpao.nic.in
http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/Cpao_OM_20130626.pdf

23rd Meeting of SCOVA scheduled to be held in the month of September, 2013

23rd Meeting of SCOVA scheduled to be held in the month of September, 2013

F. No. 42/6/2013-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003
Date: 26th July, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) scheduled to be held in the month of September, 2013 under the Chairmanship of Honible MOS (PP).

The 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) of the Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare is scheduled to be held shortly. The details of the date, time and venue of the meeting will follow. The meeting will be chaired by the Hon'ble Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Pubic Grievances & Pensions.

2. All the Pensioners Associations under SCOVA are requested to kindly provide the following requisite information through fax as well as E-mail :

(a) Suggest fresh items/issues, if any, for inclusion in the agenda to be discussed for the proposed meeting. Kindly do not send those agenda items which have already been discussed in the previous SCOVA meetings and on which final decision/action has already been taken. Your response in this regard may please be sent to this Department so as to reach the undersigned latest by 8th August, 2013 to enable us to finalize the agenda items. Minutes of the meetings and Action Taken Reports of the previous SCOVA meetings are available on the webs ite of this Department - www.pensionersportal.gov.in

(b) Because of the consideration of space, only one representative of your organization may attend the above said meeting. Confirmation of participation and the name of the participant may kindly be intimated in advance to the undersigned by fax/e-mail.

3. Outstation members will be paid TA/DA and local members will be paid conveyance charges in accordance with the rules/instructions.

4. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.

sd/-
(Sujasha Choudhury)
Dy. Secretary ,(P)

To
Standing Group (5 Associations)

(i)  National Council (Staff Side) JCM,
13-C, Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi -110001

(ii) All India Retired Railwaymen's Federation,
Block 303, Railway Colony High School,
Chilkaliguda, Secunderabad -
500025, Andhra Pradesh.

(iii) All India Federation of Pensioners Association,
G-2, Soundarya, New No. 51, Old No. 22,
Kavarai Street, Saidapet West,
Chennai 600015,
Tamilnadu.

(iv) Bharat Pensioners' Samaj,
Post Box No. 3303,
Jangpura P.O.,
New Delhi - 110 014.

(v) Air Force Association,
Air Force Station,
Race Course Camp,
New Delhi - 110 003.

Rotating Group ( 10 Associations)
(i) Disabled War Veterans (India),
B6/6, DLF City, Phase I,
Gurgaon,
Haryana - 122002.

(ii) Association of Retired Officers of IA&ID,
H. No. 2154,
Sector 38-C,
Chandigarh - 160038

(iii) All India Central Government
Pensioners Association,
EP-233, Naya Bazar,
Jalandhar City, Punjab 144001

(iv) Karnataka Posts and Telecommunications Pensioners Association,
1397, 23rd Main,
Banashankari 2nd Stage,
Bengaiuru - 560070

(v) Co-ordination Committee of Central Government Pensioners' Association,
68-B, K. G. Bose Road,
Mangafa Lane, Kolkata,
West Bengal - 700020

(vi) All India Central Government Pensioners' Association,
355, Ganga Mandir,
Cuttak,
Orissa - 753001

(vii) Central Government Pensioners' Association,
"Pension Kendra", II Floor,
Capital Towers, Patturaickal in.,
Thrissur - 680022,
Kerala.

(viii) Central Government Pensioners Welfare Association,
Jammu Olympic Association Building, Parade,
Jammu (J&K) - 180 001

(ix) Ali India Organisation of Pensioners Kanpur,
120/469, Lajpat Nagar, Kanpur,
Uttar Pradesh - 208005

(x) All India Central Government
Pensioners' Association,
1785, Sadashivpeth, Phadkeshankul, Near Pune, Vidyarthi Griha,
Pune - 411030
(Maharashtra)

Source: Pensioner Portal
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/SCOVA_260713.pdf]

New rules of filing tax returns

New rules of filing tax returns
The tax authorities have introduced several new guidelines for filing returns this year. Find out how these changes are likely to impact you.

First they made it compulsory for businesses to e-file their tax returns. Then they made it mandatory for taxpayers with incomes of over 10 lakh to take the online route. This year, the income tax authorities have cast a wider net and made e-filing compulsory if your taxable income is above 5 lakh a year.

The lowered threshold represents one of the key changes in the tax filing rules this year. Some of these are mere tweaks, such as mentioning your bank's IFSC number, instead of the MICR code, in the return. However, some of these variations are tectonic, such as the mandatory e-filing for incomes above 5 lakh a year. In the following pages, ET Wealth explains the new rules and how they will affect the way you file your tax return this year.

E-filing tax returns

The change has spawned a massive opportunity for tax e-filing portals. These websites charge individual taxpayers between 200 and 4,000 for uploading their tax returns. You can also do it for free on the official website of the Income Tax Department. However, private tax filing portals hand-hold the taxpayer through the process. They guide you while filling the form and even correct you if you make a mistake.

Filing tax returns online is easy. The average taxpayer won't take more than 30-40 minutes to enter all the details and upload the return. However, the average taxpayer also harbours several misconceptions about e-filing . Tax returns are picked up for scrutiny through a computer assisted selection procedure that has no human intervention. If the computer detects certain discrepancies in the return, it raises the red flag and the individual gets a notice. In fact, there is a greater probability that a return filed offline will get picked up for scrutiny . The information in your physical return is ultimately fed to the computer by operators. A typing error at this stage can introduce a discrepancy in the return, leading to a notice being sent to you.

This problem can be avoided when you file online because the chances of going wrong are lesser. The e-filing portals further reduce the risk of errors by calculating the tax as you fill in the form. Some e-filing companies , such as Taxspanner, even verify your return for a small fee. If you are ready to shell out 200, the portal will check if you have entered correct information and alert you when you are going wrong. Tax professionals go through your return form, tallying the numbers and cross-checking the information before it is uploaded.

Choose the right form

The online filing data reveals that more than 32% of the 2 crore individual taxpayers used the basic ITR 1, also known as Sahaj, to file their returns last year. Only 11% used the more complicated ITR 2. These statistics indicate that a lot of taxpayers who should have used ITR 2 filed their returns using the simpler Sahaj form. The income level does not matter; what is important is the source of income. For instance , if one had made capital gains or earned rent from more than one house, he should have used ITR 2.

If you have not filed your return for last year as well, you can do so now. A return filed after the due date is a delayed return. If you file your delayed return before you get a notice, you have a better chance of getting away lightly. The taxman will not take you to task for not filing your returns, just give you a mild rap for waking up late.

Automatic choice for e-filers

For some online tax filers, choosing the right form is not an issue. "A taxpayer has to just enter what he has earned under different heads of income and the portal automatically chooses the applicable form," says Sudhir Kaushik, co-founder and CFO of Taxspanner.com. For instance, if the person has only income from salary and no exempt income, his return will be filed using ITR 1, but if he made some capital gains, has rental income from more than one house or his exempt income exceeds 5,000, ITR 2 will have to be used.

However, taxpayers who upload their returns through the official Income Tax Department website will have to be more careful about the form they use. Delhi-based Kuldip Kaushik used the ITR 1 last year, but since he had dividend income of over 5,000 for the year 2012-13 , he will have to use ITR 2 this year.

If a taxpayer uses the wrong form and the mistake is discovered by the tax authorities, the return may be rejected . Every year, thousands of defective returns are sent back to taxpayers. A defective return is not an earth shattering matter. If you get a notice, you will have to file a revised return within 15 days. If you meet the deadline, the return is treated as valid. Get delayed and your return will become invalid and you will have to file afresh.

"If you discover on your own that you have made a mistake in the return or used the incorrect form, you can file a revised return to rectify the mistake ," says Vineet Agrawal, director KPMG. Your new return will overule the previous one if the assessment has not been completed.

Check your TDS details

Before you sit down to file your returns this year, spend a few minutes to check whether the tax you paid for last year has been correctly credited to your name. The Form 26AS has details of the tax deducted on behalf of the taxpayer and can be easily checked online. Noida-based Brijendra Singh wishes he had done so last year. The former army officer got a tax notice because of a clerical error by his bank. The TDS paid on his income from fixed deposits was credited to another PAN by mistake. Though he was eventually given credit for his TDS, Singh is not taking any chances this year. He has diligently matched all his TDS details with his Form 26AS online.

Checking your tax credit details online is child's play if you have a Net banking account with any of the 35 banks that offer this facility. Otherwise you can go to the official website of the Income Tax Department and click on 'View Your Tax Credit' . First-time users will have to register but it takes less than five minutes before you can log on and view your details. "It is necessary that taxpayers check their TDS when they file their returns," says Kuldip Kumar of PwC.

Forms seek more information

If salaried people are feeling jittery about using the more detailed ITR 2, imagine what partners in firms and businessmen are going though. In an attempt to dig deeper for undisclosed income, the government has made it mandatory for partners, professionals and businessmen with an income of over 25 lakh to furnish details of their assets and liabilities. There is a new 'Schedule AL' in the ITR 3 and ITR 4. If the taxpayer's income exceeds 25 lakh during the year, he will have to declare his assets and liabilities.

Source: http:timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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