Changes in the APAR format of the Assessing Officers of Income Tax Department
From the month of January 2016, some changes are introduced in the APAR format of the Assessing Officers serving in the Dept. of Income Tax, Govt. of India. APAR stands for Annual Performance Appraisal Report, which is a report made for calculating the overall performances of the assessing officers of Income Tax Department and giving them appraisal for their job, throughout the financial year. These changes are brought to fulfill the aim of having an efficient, fair and clean taxpaying system.
Assessing officers are employed in the Dept. of Income Tax who hold several ranks in the department. They have the jurisdiction of making an assessment of the tax to be paid by a taxpayer. The designation of the Assessing Officers varies as per the nature of the work.
So there is a provision of performance appraisal of the Assessing Officers in the Income Tax department, annually. This will not only motivate the officers to perform better, but also it will yield better results in the Income Tax services and the improvement in quality, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of taxation. The officers will become more aware of their job and will deal the assessment with utmost care. The pace of work will also get accelerated.
The APAR form of Income tax Assessing Officers contains several sections which are to be filled up. The first section is for the basic information of the Income Tax Assessing Officers. This section includes details like Name, Years of service, category, date of birth, nature of post held presently, leave and absence report, educational qualifications, awards if any and penalties. The second section deals with Self Appraisal which include the achievements, cases handled, finished targets, deadlines missed and its reasons, etc. This section of Self Appraisal of the APAR form is to be filled by the Assessing Officer himself. The third section is the Assessment section which will be reviewed by the Reporting authority officer who is given the responsibility to assess the APAR form. The Reporting Authority will evaluate and put grades according the performance of the tax officer in that given year. They may agree or disagree the reports submitted by the assessing officer in favor of his appraisal.
Hence, some changes to the old format of the APAR form are to be made to improve the nature of the services provided by the Income Tax Dept.
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