In response to a media report which suggested the possibility of merger of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the finance ministry has stated, “The Government has no proposal to merge the two Boards created under the Central Boards of Revenue Act,1963.”
The Tax Administration Reforms Commission (TARC), headed by Parthasarathi Shome, in its report submitted in 2016, had recommended the aforesaid merger.
The ministry has further said that the report submitted by TARC was examined in detail and after due consideration, government decided to not go ahead with the same.
“As a part on an assurance made by the government in Parliament in response to a Parliament question, the government has also placed this fact in 2018 before the Committee on Government Assurances. The action taken report on the recommendations of the TARC is placed even on the website of Department of Revenue, which clearly shows that this recommendation was not accepted,” stated the ministry.