Tax Assistant in CBDT, and in CBEC, is the lowest post in these departments that you can join through SSC CGL. This post is equivalent to the Upper Divisional Clerk in CBI. In the executive line, this post is equivalent to the Head Constable in CBI, which has an equal grade pay of Rs. 2400/-.
This post is one level above the post of stenographer in CBI, which has a grade pay of Rs. 1900/-. Thus, if you have a choice between these two, choose the tax assistant post.
This job is a godsend for you if it’s your dream to work in the Income Tax Department. This post will also come in handy if your dream is to work as an Income Tax Inspector, and for some reason or another, you aren’t able to crack the SSC CGL.
If you join the department at the post of tax assistant, and you clear the departmental exams of ITI confirmation and ITO, then you might become an income tax inspector within 7-8 years.
By the way, I have already made a detailed video on this topic, you can watch it here –
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How to become a tax assistant in CBDT or CBEC
To get the post of a tax assistant, you must clear the SSC CGL exam. The cut-off of the exam goes pretty high, even for the non-interview posts (in the general category).
Note that there’s no interview in SSC CGL anymore. They have discontinued the interview in all SSC posts from 2016. I have referred to this post as the non-interview post based on the terminology used in my time – before 2016.
Also, remember that merely clearing the cut-off won’t guarantee you the selection. Score about 40-45 marks above your category cut-off to be sure that you get selected. The competition is cut-throat nowadays.
Once you qualify the exam, In addition to this, there is also a CPT (Computer Proficiency test) or typing test which you have to qualify.
To qualify the CPT, have a typing speed of at least 30 words per minute. If you don’t qualify this test, they will reject you.
Tax Assistant Salary and Perks
The post of Tax Assistant in the Income Tax Department (CBDT) and in the Central Excise Department (CBEC) falls under the group C posts of the Government of India.
As stated above, the grade pay of a tax assistant is Rs. 2400/- with the pay-band 5200-20200. As per the 7th pay commission, the starting basic pay of a tax assistant is Rs. 25500/-.
As of today i.e. 18th April 2021, the Dearness Allowance (DA) is 17% of the basic and House Rent Allowance (HRA) is 24% in an X grade city like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, etc.
Other than this, you also get a travelling allowance component (TA) which is Rs. 1350 + DA. (X grade city)
Thus your total salary works out as-
|Dearness allowance (17% as on 18.04.2021)||25500 * 0.17 = 4335/-|
|House rent allowance (24% in X grade city)||25500 * 0.24 = 6120/-|
|Travelling allowance (1350 + DA in x grade city)||1350 + 1350*.17 = 1580/-|
Note that this salary will be lesser by about Rs. 2040/- in Y grade city and by about Rs. 4080/- in Z grade cities due to varying house rent allowance. The HRA in Y grade city is 16% and in the Z grade cities 8% of the basic pay.
Also, note that you will not get this entire amount into your bank account. There will be deductions from it. The deductions include roughly 10% for the NPS, CGEIS, income tax, and CGHS, etc.
The NPS deducted contributes towards the retirement benefits that you get in all SSC jobs.
Tax Assistant Promotions
TA first promotion to senior tax assistant
The first promotion from the post of tax assistant is to the Senior Tax Assistant. This post is also known as an executive assistant.
To get this promotion, you have to clear the departmental ministerial exam. The syllabus of this exam includes office procedures, office rules, leave rules, CCS conduct rules, etc. The syllabus is relevant to your job profile.
The post of Sr. Tax Assistant is a huge jump in rank, salary and perks. The grade pay of a Sr. TA is 4200/- which is just one level below the grade pay of the Income Tax Inspector (Grade pay 4600/-). Your gross salary as senior tax assistant will be about Rs. 54000/- in X grade city.
For comparison, the gross salary of a newly recruited income tax inspector is Rs. 67809/- in Delhi.
There’s no difference between the perks and allowances in both posts. Both posts, Sr. TA and ITI, are entitled for Rs. 750/- hotel allowance, Rs. 800/- food allowance and Rs. 225/- of travelling allowance per day. This means that from the point of view of the government, both posts are equivalent to each other.
TA second promotion to Inspector
The next post in the department ladder is Inspector, if you clear the department exam of Inspector. Otherwise you shall be promoted in the line of ministerial staff only.
I have covered the promotions of Inspector and above in this article, so follow that article to know about that line of promotions.
In the ministerial line, the next promotion is Office superintendent (Grade pay 4600/-) which is equivalent to the post of Inspector. You will get to be an Office Superintendent in maybe about 8-10 years from the post of Sr TA.
The next promotions are Administrative Officer (Level -3, level -2 and level -1). In these posts, you will get the increment in salary as you rise up but the name of the post will remain the same. If you join at a young age, then you might reach up to level -1 officer.
Tax Assistant Salary Increments
One good thing about the post of the tax assistant is that if you clear the departmental exams, then you will get ample increments in your salary from time to time.
For e.g. there’s a Hindi typing test. You clear it; you get an increment. Then there’s the department inspector exam, which gives you two increments upon clearing it. You get promoted to the post of Office Superintendent (OS); you get two more increments. And if you clear the ITO exam, you will further get two more increments.
One increment means 3% increase in the basic salary, so two increments mean about Rs. 3000/- increment in the gross monthly salary.
Tax Assistant Job Profile
The work assigned to a tax assistant involves both types – clerical work and executive work. In contrast, an Inspector is mainly tasked with the executive work of his ward. Read about the work profile of an inspector here.
In clerical work, you have to compute the salaries of all the office staff, prepare their salary slips, compute how much tax is to be deducted, prepare bills and vouchers of office expenses, get the leaves sanctioned, update and maintain the service books and a few other things.
Besides the clerical work, a tax assistant also handles some executive work like rectification, handling of PAN related applications, maintenance of tax demand list and issuance of notices. The workload on a tax assistant is medium to high.
The job profile of a tax assistant involves making reports, drafts, and a few letters to the external agencies. Therefore, he must have a good typing speed.
To conclude, if you can crack any of the SSC CGL interview post, then get that first. But if your dream is to work in the Income Tax department and for any reason, you cannot get the job of Income Tax Inspector through SSC CGL directly, the post of tax assistant is a good option.
It’s almost certain that within 8-10 years, you will become an Inspector here. Things have slowed down a bit compared to the earlier times.
One of my friend had joined in 2014 as TA in Karnataka and he became an Inspector in 2019. In MP, the people who joined as TA in 2014-15 are yet to become inspectors even after clearing the ITI departmental exam.
If you are lucky, and join the department as TA at the young age of 21 or 22 and clear the departmental exams in your first attempts, then you might reach up to the level of an ACIT before you retire.
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