Income Tax Department wants a member of IRS in Election Commision

With the success in unearthing much unaccounted money in the recent Assembly polls, the Income Tax Department now wants one of the members in the Election Commission to be selected from the Indian Revenue Service.

In a note prepared for the two-day annual conference of chief commissioners and directors-general of income tax here tomorrow, the department has recommended that the director-general of income tax (investigation) would then directly report to that member. The step has been suggested to strengthen monitoring of the use of money power in elections.

It has also been recommended by the department that political parties be legally treated as charitable institutions. “The political parties should accordingly be assessed under Section 11 and not under Section 13A of the Income Tax Act. This will allow them to use money power and influence the voters’ mind in a constructive manner,” the department has outlined.

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