Tax exemption details to be revealed under the RTI
The applicant sought information about the tax exemption details in respect of a Public School and the details of their assessment for a certain period. The applicant had earlier filed a complaint against the school. The PIO furnished partial information and denied the information related to assessment under section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act. However, during the hearing the PIO claimed that the Assessment of Matter pertaining to assessment years 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2010-11 was still pending and the investigation was still to be completed, hence the information cannot be provided.
View of the CIC
The Commission directed the CPIO to give in writing the result(s) of the matter investigated for the assessment year 2008-09 to the appellant. The Commission also directed the department to intimate the appellant that whether the information provided by him on the basis of which investigation was conducted was found to be true / partially true / false.
The details of tax exemption given to an organisation are covered under ‘information’ and can be sought by a citizen.
Shri A K Sahani v. Income Tax Department in CIC/DS/A/2011/000677