Income Tax Circular – Clarification on monetary limit to avoid filing of appeal by revenue on identical question of law

By Finance Act 2022, old provisions regarding avoidance of filing of appeal on identical question of law were substituted. As per new provisions “Collegium” will be formed (consisting of PCCIT/PCIT/CIT). If Collegium is of the opinion that any question of law arising in case of assessee or in any other case which is pending before HC/SC/SLP filed, is identical to question of law decided in favor of assessee by CIT(A)/ITAT than Collegium can give direction to AO to not to file appeal.

On such direction application will be filed before ITAT/HC (as applicable) within 60/120 days (respectively) provided acceptance is received from the assessee.

As per limit fixed in Circular 17/2019, Revenue can file an appeal against CIT(A)/ITAT/HC order as per monetary limit prescribed below:

Appeal/SLP before Tax effect
ITAT 50 Lacs
HC 1 Crore
SC 2 Crores

Post amendment, queries were raised on monetary limits and exceptions as per above said new provisions. Vide circular 8/2023, clarification is issued for challenging order of CIT(A)/ITAT by revenue in case overall tax effect (identical as well as no identical grounds) exceeds monetary limit:

No. of Ground When revenue can file an appeal before ITAT/HC?
One ground Year in which final decision is received in other identical case
Multiple grounds (identical grounds)** Year in which final decision is received in other identical case
Multiple grounds (non – identical grounds) Year in which order is received

**Year in which favorable final decision is received in other identical case, appeal should be filed irrespective of the monetary limit at that point of time.