Income Tax Welfare Fund Rules, 2007
Income Tax Welfare Fund Rules, 2007
The Income Tax Welfare Fund Rules 2007, has been formulated to govern the administration of the income tax welfare fund, which has been established to cater to the officers and the staffs of the Department. This article deals with the rules that regulate the functioning of this fund.
Purposes of the Fund
The following are the purposes of the Fund.
- To promote welfare, recreation and other outdoor activities for officials. The welfare activities include setting up of recreation clubs, libraries, scholarships for children of the officials, establishing creches, providing vocational training to spouses of officials, arrangements of subsidised transport facility for officials, providing more amenities in the departmental canteens etc.
- To provide financial assistance during contingencies like death resulting from an accident or an injury suffered from a natural cause while performing official duties. The benefits under the scheme continue to be applicable even after the official has ceased to be employed if death/ injury can be attributed directly or indirectly to an event that occurs where the official has been engaged in the search, survey or any other official duty.
- To provide different forms of medical maintenance during emergencies and severe distress caused to officials and members of their families that are not fully reimbursed under the CGHS reimbursement rules and to provide high-risk insurance cover to officials involved in Survey and Search& Seizure operations.
- Construction/ hiring/ furnishing/ leasing/ maintenance of holiday homes in places of tourist/ pilgrimage interest and departmental guest houses for the officials.
- Other schemes or measures that are intended for the promotion of welfare and to improve the performance of the officials.
- Other purpose for the welfare of officials that includes the removal of difficulties caused by natural calamities like floods, earthquakes, drought etc.
Sources of Fund
- A corpus fund of Rs. 100 crores are contributed by the Government.
- Assertions to the Welfare Fund would be made from the following contributions.
- 10% of the excess amount that is received after the action over the consideration that is paid by the Government on the sale of properties that is acquired by the Government under Chapter XX-C of the Income Tax Act or under other provisions of similar nature that may be introduced under the Income Tax Act.
- 10% of the reward that is sanctioned to the officers and staffs of the Income-tax Department under any established reward scheme.
- Any other mode as prescribed.
The corpus fund would be placed in an interest-bearing account. The interest accruing on the corpus fund and the accretions shall be used for meeting the expenditure for any of the above purposes.
Administration of the Fund
The funds are administered by a Governing Body that comprises of
- Chairman, CBDT
- Member (Revenue)
- Member (Personnel)
- Financial Adviser/ his nominee
- CIT (C&S), CBDT
- Director (Headquarters), CBDT
- There shall be an Executive Committee that is headed by the DIT (DOMS), CBDT that includes an officer of the rank of Commissioner of Income Tax from every zones such as North, South, East, West and Mumbai that are nominated by the Governing Body including a representative from each of the Indian Revenue Service Association, the Income Tax Employees Federation and the Income-Tax Gazetted Officers Association.
- The DIT (DOMS) would also be the converter of the Executive Committee that meets once every three months.
Sponsoring of Proposals
- Specific proposals for granting benefits of the Fund to the beneficiaries would be proposed by the concerned Chief Commissioner/ Directors General of the Income-Tax for the officials on the recommendations made by the Advisory Committee constituted at CCsIT/ DGsIT level. Joint Secretary (Administration), CBDT sponsors the beneficiaries who are working in CBDT or in any other Ministry/ organisation that comes under the Income-tax Department.
- Each proposal that is received from the CCsIT/ DGsIT/ Joint Secretary (Administration), CBDT/ beneficiary would be considered by the Executive committee for making appropriate recommendation to the Governing Body.
Sanctions and Disbursements
- The approval and financial sanction of the Governing Body would be conveyed to the CCsIT/ DGsIT.
- The decision of the Governing Body will be the final.
- DIT (DOMS), CBDT disburses the funds that are approved by the Governing Body.
- The Chief Controller of Accounts, CBDT separately issued detailed instructions pertaining to the accounting procedure in respect of receipts to and expenditure from the fund.
- All sanctions and vouchers for these funds would be kept in a separate general file that has to be maintained by the DIT (DOMS).
The accounts are subjected to statutory audit once in a year by the C&AG.
Any amendment/ insertion to these rules would be made only after the prior approval of the Central Board of Direct Taxes.