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CBDT clarified that it never asked for a report from the IRS officers regarding taxation matters that is being circulated on Social Media. The Department also said that the IRS Officers didn't seek the permission of any sought before releasing such a report in the public space and an inquiry will be initiated against them. The report included various suggestions on how the government can generate revenue out of taxes amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Here is the official message from the Income Tax Department.

Never asked for a report, Inquiry being initiated: CBDT

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has said today that there is some report circulating on social media regarding suggestions by a few IRS officers on tackling COVID-19 situation.

It is unequivocally stated that CBDT never asked IRS Association or these officers to prepare such a report.  No permission was sought by the officers before going public with their personal views and suggestions on official matters, which is a violation of extant Conduct Rules. The necessary inquiry is being initiated in this matter.

It is reiterated that the impugned report does not reflect the official views of CBDT/Ministry of Finance in any manner.

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