Subject: – Further Enhancement of Monetary limits for filing of appeals by the
Department before Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, High Courts and
SLPs/appeals before Supreme Court – Amendment to Circular 3 of 2018
Measures for reducing litigation.
Reference is invited to the Circular No.3 of2018 dated 11.07.2018 (the Circular) of
Central Board of Direct Taxes (the Board) and its amendment dated 20th August. 2018 vide which monetary limits for fi ling of income tax appeals by the Department before Income Tax Appellate Tribunal. High Courts and SLPs/appeals before Supreme Court have been specified. Representation has also been received that an anomaly in the said circular at para 5 may be removed.
2. As a step towards further management of litigation. it has been decided by the Board that monetary limits for filing of appeals in income-tax cases be enhanced further through amendment in Para 3 of the Circular mentioned above and accordingly, the table for monetary limits specified in Para 3 of the Circular shall read as follows:
Sr. No. Appeals / SLPs in Income-tax matters Monetary Limit (Rs.)
I. Before Appellate Tribunal 50,00,000
2. Before High Court 1,00.00.000
3. Before Supreme Court 2.00.00,000
3. Further, with a view to provide parity in filing of appeals in scenarios where separate order is passed by higher appellate authorities for each assessment year vis-a-vis where composite order for more than one assessment years is passed. para 5 of the circular is substituted by the following para:
“5. The Assessing Officer shall calculate the tax effect separately for every
assessment year in respect of the disputed issues in the case of every assessee. If, in the case of an assessee, the disputed issues arise in more than one assessment year, appeal can be filed in respect of such assessment year or years in which the tax effect in respect of the disputed issues exceeds the monetary limit specified in para 3. No appeal shall be filed in respect of an assessment year or years in which the tax effect is less than the monetary limit specified in para 3. Further, even in the case of composite order of any High Court or appellate authority which involves more than one assessment year and common issues in more than one assessment year, no appeal shall be filed in respect of an assessment year or years in which the tax effect is less than the monetary limit specified in para 3. In case where a composite order/ judgement involves more than one assessee. each assessee shall be dealt with separately.
4. The said modifications shall come into effect from the date of issue of this Circular.
5. The same may be brought to the notice of all concerned.
6. This issues under section 268A of the Income-tax Act, 1961.