AIFTP Journal is a unique publication on Direct and Indirect Taxes and one of the prestigious Journal of the Tax Practitioners of our Country. To better equip the members of the AIFTP a team of 25-odd tax Professionals quarterly digesting important judgements from more than 20 tax magazines, reports and other sources. To mark the Centenary celebration of Padma Vibhushan Late Dr. N. A. Palkhivala, Senior Advocate the Journal Committee of the AIFTP has published a Special Issue titled “Remembering the Legend – A Tribute”, which was released on January 16, 2021. I am pleased to know that as a Tribute to mark the 80th years of the Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) the Journal Committee is publishing a Special issue titled “A Tribute – 80 Glorious Years of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal- 80 Land Mark Judgements of Special Benches”. The said special issue contains the gist of 80 Land mark Judgements of the Special Benches with forward references and reference to 532 special Bench Judgements of the ITAT. I am sure the said special issue serve as a useful reference to all our members and Tax Practitioners Across the Country.

The said special issue is conceptualised under the able guidance of Dr. K. Shivaram, Senior Advocate and Past National President of our Association who has written Foreword for this Special issue.

We are able to publish this special issue due to very sincere efforts of Mr. Mitesh Kotecha, Chairman Journal Committee and his team. I must also acknowledge the time devoted by Mr. K. Gopal Advocate as an editor of this very prestigious special issue.

It is the team work of the editorial team and research team that we could able to publish this prestigious special issue.

I am grateful to the Hon’ble Justice Mr. P. P. Bhatt, President of the ITAT for writing a message to our special issue and agreeing to release the publication on 27th February 2021 at Ahmadabad on the occasion of the inaugural session of the members conference. I am also thankful to the Hon’ble Vice-Presidents for writing message for this prestigious publication.

For the benefit of our members and public at large this special issue will be hosted in the website of the AIFTP and is available for download on

As a National President of the AIFTP I desire to serve our members to the best of my ability, any member or reader can send their suggestion for rendering better service to the members of the AIFTP.

M. Srinivasa Rao
National President, AIFTP

25th February, 2021

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