What are the Income-tax authorities? What is procedure for Appointment of income-tax authorities? Section 116 and 117 of Income Tax Act 1961

Income-tax authorities and Appointment of income-tax authorities are defined under sections 116 and 117 of Income Tax Act 1961. Provisions under these Sections are :

Section 116 of Income Tax Act "Income-tax authorities"

Section 116. There shall be the following classes of income-tax authorities for the purposes of this Act, namely :-

(a) the Central Board of Direct Taxes constituted under the Central Boards of Revenue Act, 1963 (54 of 1963),
10[(aa) Principal Directors General of Income-tax or Principal Chief Commissioners of Income-tax,]
(b) Directors-General of Income-tax or Chief Commissioners of Income-tax,
10[(ba) Principal Directors of Income-tax or Principal Commissioners of Income-tax,]

(c) Directors of Income-tax or Commissioners of Income-tax or Commissioners of Income-tax (Appeals),
(cc) Additional Directors of Income-tax or Additional Commissioners of Income-tax or Additional Commissioners of Income-tax (Appeals),
(cca) Joint Directors of Income-tax or Joint Commissioners of Income-tax,
(d) Deputy Directors of Income-tax or Deputy Commissioners of Income-tax or Deputy Commissioners of Income-tax (Appeals),
(e) Assistant Directors of Income-tax or Assistant Commissioners of Income-tax,
(f) Income-tax Officers,
(g) Tax Recovery Officers,
(h) Inspectors of Income-tax.

 

Section 117 of Income Tax Act "Appointment of income-tax authorities"

Section 117. (1) The Central Government may appoint such persons as it thinks fit to be income-tax authorities.

(2) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1), and subject to the rules and orders of the Central Government regulating the conditions of service of persons in public services and posts, the Central Government may authorise the Board, or a [Principal Director General or] Director-General, a [Principal Chief Commissioner or] Chief Commissioner or a [Principal Director or] Director or a [Principal Commissioner or] Commissioner to appoint income-tax authorities below the rank of an Assistant Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner.

(3) Subject to the rules and orders of the Central Government regulating the conditions of service of persons in public services and posts, an income- tax authority authorised in this behalf by the Board may appoint such executive or ministerial staff as may be necessary to assist it in the execution of its functions.

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