Dear Friends,

I write to you in this month of MAY with the beautiful summer across the country, we are all busy with TDS filings and our regular GST filings. I am glad to see that All Zones are striving their best to serve the Federation. I have just returned from the One Day Seminar organized by Northern Zone on 14th May, 2022 at Kanpur, a very important station of Uttar Pradesh was touched upon as Guest of Honor at the Kanpur Seminar. The conference was a successful one with around 230 delegates participating in spite of heat wave organized by All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (Northern Zone) in association with Merchants Chamber of Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur Income Tax Bar Association and Kanpur Chartered Accountants Society. The local delegates

i.e. C.A. and Advocates of Kanpur and many delegates travelled down in scorching summer from Delhi as well various parts of State i.e. Noida, Meerut, Saharanpur, Agra, Prayagraj, Lucknow, Jaunpur, Varanasi. Conference was inaugurated by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Piyush Agarwal Judge, Allahabad High Court, who was Chief Guest.

The Western Zone also had a successful One Day Conference on 30th April, 2022 with around 330 delegates. The Conference theme “Vidhyadhanam Sarvadhanaat Pradhanam (Education is the supreme wealth among all kind of wealth)” was aptly chosen. This Conference organized in the physical mode after one decade at Surat. For smooth execution of pre-tasks of the Conference, the 4 different committees were formed. Adv. Samir Jani was appointed as the Conference Chairman. The Conference was inaugurated by Shri Pramod Jagtap, Vice President (Ahmedabad Zone), I.T.A.T.

I congratulate all the zones for their continuous and effective efforts in organizing good programmes.

We are also in the process of finalizing our International Study Tour and the details would be shared in a few days, I am sure all members are eager to join the International Tour, the first one after the pandemic.

After Kanpur, another One Day Conference is scheduled to take place on 21st of May, 2022 at Jaipur (Central Zone) and on 28th of May, 2022 at Jamshedpur (Eastern Zone). After May we are going to Meet at the National Tax Conference and NEC at Srinagar on 11th to 12th June, 2022 to be organized by Northern Zone.

Besides the activities recent Judgement of Apex Court in case of Union of India vs Ashish Agarwal wherein the judgement ruled under Article 142 of constitution of India by doing complete justice by allowing benefit to Government saying that officers were under bonafide belief that time is extended and Notices were issued and Revenue cannot be remediless and on the other hand allowed that without interfering with findings of high court Defenses under section 149 of Income Tax Act shall continue to be available to assesses. This judgment has opened up debates and further instructions issued by CBDT in this regard has sparked the controversy further which shall be a kick start for rounds of litigation and Revenue Generation also.

Another aspect of this judgement is that wherever bonafide mistakes might have been committed under GST Act Shelter of this judgment can be taken for seeking complete justice.

AIFTP’s program details have already been circulated. The details of National Tax Conference at Srinagar have been circulated and I expect that all should register for the said conference and make the same a grand success.

Yours faithfully,

D. K. Gandhi

National President, A.I.F.T.P.

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