Nirmala Sitharaman to move Vivad se Vishwas Bill 2020 in Lok Sabha

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (File photo) New Delhi [India], Feb 10:

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman  is scheduled to move the Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Bill, 2020 in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Sabka Vishwas scheme had resulted in settling over 1,89,000 cases. Accusing the government of "imposing Hindi" , Congress members Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the bill has a unique nomenclature and the bills are normally in English or Hindi.  Shashi Tharoor said only 43 per cent of people in the country were Hindi-speaking.  Sitharaman claimed she had used two expressions in her budget speech for resolution of disputed tax cases and had used the Hindi expression in the bill.

FM Sitharaman had introduced the bill earlier on February 5 which provides for a mechanism for resolution of pending tax disputes in the lower house of the Parliament. Announcing the 'Vivad Se Vishwas' Scheme in the union budget, Sitharaman had said that the 4.83 lakh direct tax cases were pending in various appellate forums - Commissioner (Appeals), ITAT, High Court and Supreme Court. The similar to the indirect tax Sabka Vishwas scheme brought in the last budget, was being proposed for reducing litigations even in the direct taxes.

  Under the 'Vivad Se Vishwas' scheme, a taxpayer would be required to pay only the amount of the disputed taxes and will get a complete waiver of interest and penalty provided he pays by March 31, 2020. Those who avail this scheme after March 31 will have to pay some additional amount. The scheme will remain open till June 30, 2020. Taxpayers in whose cases appeals are pending at any level can benefit from this scheme.

"There is no imposition of Hindi," FM Nirmala Sitharaman had said.

Tharoor sought withdrawal of the bill, saying it was unfair to honest taxpayers and was arbitrary.