Govt's Vivad Se Vishwas Direct Tax Dispute Redressal Scheme Settles 96,000 Cases Worth Rs 83,000 Crore

Swarajya Staff

Jan 04, 2021, 02:21 PM | Updated 02:21 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The Central Government's Vivad se Vishwas (VsV) scheme for direct tax dispute redressal has successfully helped to settle around Rs 83,000 crore of the contested 9.32 lakh crore amount which was under litigation, reports Economic Times.

While a total of about 4.8 lakh entities are locked in tax litigation with the Government, nearly a fifth of them at 96,000 entities have opted to go by the scheme which provides for settlement of disputed tax, disputed interests, disputed penalty or disputed fees in relation to an assessment or reassessment order on payment of 100 per cent of the disputed tax and 25 per cent of the disputed penalty or interest or fee.

It should be noted that under the scheme, once an entity opts for it and pays the due tax, the litigation and appeals cases before the Commissioner (Appeals) and tax tribunals to higher courts and in arbitration are deemed to have been withdrawn from the forums, and the interest, penalty and prosecution are also withdrawn.

Owing to the strong response received by the VsV scheme and on the hopes of achieving a higher figure of the disputed amount being settled, the Government has now extended the scheme's last date by a month to 31 January.

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