Delhi High Court reiterated “Tax department must refrain from taking advantage of the taxpayers’ lack of knowledge regarding their rights”

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Delhi High Court reiterated “Tax department must refrain from taking advantage of the taxpayers’ lack of knowledge regarding their rights”

 

As a taxpayer, do you know if you are entitled to relief from the tax authority even if you do not claim it?

According to an old circular issued by the CBDT in 1955, the tax department must refrain from taking advantage of the taxpayers’ lack of knowledge regarding their rights, and it is the Assessing Officer’s duty to assist the taxpayers in every reasonable way, particularly in claiming and securing relief.

A recent decision by the Delhi High Court has reaffirmed this principle.

In this case, the taxpayer had mistakenly included income that was not taxable in their return. The decision reproduces the actual text of the circular for those interested in reading it and highlights the importance of correctly understanding and applying tax laws. Stay informed and ensure that you are correctly claiming and securing relief.

The copy of the order is as under:

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