How to file complaint with the income tax Ombudsman?

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 How to file complaint with the income tax Ombudsman?
Any person, who has a grievance against the Income-tax Department, may, himself or through his authorized representative, make a complaint against the Income-tax official in writing to the Ombudsman.

The complaint shall be duly signed by the complainant and his authorised representative, if any, and shall state clearly the name and address of the complainant, the name of the office and official of the Income-tax Department against whom the complaint is made, the facts giving rise to the complaint supported by documents, if any, relied on by the complainant and the relief sought from the Ombudsman;

(b) A complaint made through electronic means shall also be accepted by the Ombudsman and a print out of such complaint shall be taken on the record of the Ombudsman.

c) A printout of the complaint made through electronic means shall be signed by the complainant at the earliest possible opportunity before the Ombudsman takes steps for conciliation or settlement.

(d) The signed printout shall be deemed to be the complaint and it shall relate back to the date on which the complaint was made through electronic means.

III No complaint to the Ombudsman shall lie unless:-

(a) the complainant had, before making a complaint to the Ombudsman, made a written representation
to the Income Tax authority superior to the one complained against and either such authority had rejected the complaint or the complainant had not received any reply within a period of one month after such authority had received his representation or the complainant is not satisfied with the reply given to him by such authority;

(b) the complaint is made not later than one year after the complainant has received the reply of the department to his representation or, in
case, where no reply is received, not later than one year and one month after the representation to the Income Tax Authority.

c) the complaint is not in respect of the same subject matter which was settled through the Office of the Ombudsman in any previous proceedings whether or not received from the same complainant or along with any one or more complainants or any one or more of the parties concerned with the subject matter; and

(d) the complaint is not frivolous or vexatious in nature.

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Story first published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10:18 [IST]
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