Income Tax Dept warns public against cash dealings of Rs 2 lakh or more saying that the receiver of the amount will have to cough up an equal amount as penalty.

Electronic payment mandatory for businesses over Rs 50 crore from November 1: CBDT

The government has also prohibited banks and payment system providers from imposing any charge on transactions through electronic modes of payments


Government has asked businesses with turnover exceeding Rs 50 crore to mandatorily provide electronic modes of payment from November 1. To this end, a new provision, namely Section 269SU, has been inserted in the Income-tax Act, said Central Board of Direct Taxes in a statement on Friday.
The CBDT further said that another provision, Section 10A, has been added to Payment and Settlement Systems Act. The provision prohibits banks and payment system providers from imposing any charge on transactions through electronic modes of payments specified in Section 269SU of the Income-tax Act.
These new provisions will come into effect from November 1, 2019, the CBDT said. The Centre has invited applications from banks and system providers to include their payment systems under the list of prescribed modes of digital transaction under Section 269SU.
In her Budget speech earlier this year, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had proposed to add a section to the Income-tax Act directing business with an annual turnover over Rs 50 crore to provide low-cost electronic modes of payments. These include systems like BHIM UPI, UPI-QR Code, Aadhaar Pay, certain Debit cards, NEFT and RTGS.
For ensuring compliance, a suitable penalty provision is also proposed to be inserted in the Act, the Finance Minister had said. In line with this, the Finance (No 2) Act 2019 prescribes a penalty of Rs 5,000 for every day that an eligible entity fails to comply with Section 269SU.
Refer:www.businesstoday.in
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Corporate Affairs Ministry asks disqualified directors to ensure compliance or face action


The registrar of companies (RoCs) is in the process of identifying and flagging directors who have been disqualified for non-filing of financial statement or annual return for three continuous years starting from 2015-16.

The corporate affairs ministry has asked disqualified directors to file their pending statutory returns and ensure compliance or else face regulatory action. As part of larger crackdown on companies suspected to be shell entities, the ministry had disqualified many individuals from holding directorship till compliance with regulatory requirements is fulfilled.

The registrar of companies (RoCs) is in the process of identifying and flagging directors who have been disqualified for non-filing of financial statement or annual return for three continuous years starting from 2015-16.

All the defaulting directors are cautioned to file their pending statutory returns and do necessary compliance as per provisions of the law or that action would be initiated, according to a communication posted on the ministry's website.

"The director identification numbers (DINs) of such directors are not allowed to be used for filing any e-forms on MCA21 portal," it added.

Statutory filings under the Companies Act are submitted to the ministry through the MCA21 portal.

Lakhs of companies have been deregistered in recent years and a significant number of directors of have been disqualified.

Sandeep Jhunjhunwala, director at Nangia Andersen LLP, said the ministry has cautioned such directors to complete required statutory compliances or face the wrath of the law.

"This is definitely aimed at instilling a culture of compliance, increasing investors' confidence and most significantly, tightening the noose on defaulting directors.

"Rulings from various high courts against a spate of writ petitions filed earlier, had made clear than Sec 164(2)(a) disqualification would apply for disqualifying the directors of the company, if it fails to file annual returns for three financial years, beginning April 1, 2014," he noted.
Refer:www.moneycontrol.com/
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Rs 95,380 cr Gross GST Revenue collected in October

The gross GST revenue collected in the month of October, 2019 is ₹ 95,380 crore of which CGST is ₹ 17,582 crore, SGST is ₹ 23,674 crore, IGST is ₹ 46,517 crore (including ₹ 21,446 crores collected on imports) and Cess is ₹ 7,607 crore (including ₹ 774 crores collected on imports). The total number of GSTR 3B Returns filed for the month of September up to 31st October, 2019 is 73.83 lakh.

The government has settled ₹ 20,642 crores to CGST and ₹ 13,971 crore to SGST from IGST as regular settlement. The total revenue earned by Central Government and the State Governments after regular settlement in the month of October, 2019 is ₹ 38,224 crores for CGST and ₹ 37,645 crores for the SGST.

The revenue during October, 2019 is declined by 5.29% in comparison to the revenue during October, 2018. However, during April-October, 2019 vis-à-vis 2018, the domestic component has shown 6.74% growth while the GST on imports has shown negative growth and the total collection has grown by 3.38%.

The chart shows trends in revenue during the current year.

Read more at: https://www.taxscan.in
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₹ 91,916 cr Total Gross GST Revenue collected in the month of September, 2019, says Finance Ministry

The total gross GST revenue collected in the month of September, 2019 is ₹ 91,916 crore of which CGST is ₹ 16,630 crore, SGST is ₹ 22,598 crore, IGST is ₹ 45,069 crore (including ₹ 22,097 crores collected on imports) and Cess is ₹7,620 crores (including ₹ 728 crores collected on imports). The total number of GSTR 3B Returns filed for the month of August up to 30th September, 2019 is 75.94lakh.

he government has settled ₹ 21,131 crores to CGST and ₹ 15,121 crores to SGST from IGST as regular settlement. The total revenue earned by Central Government and the State Governments after regular settlement in the month of September 2019 is ₹ 37,761 crores for CGST and ₹ 37,719 crores for the SGST.

The revenue during September, 2019 is declined by 2.67% in comparison to the revenue during September, 2018. During April-September, 2019 vis-à-vis 2018, the domestic component has grown by 7.82% while the GST on imports has shown negative growth and the total collection has grown by 4.90%.

Read more at: https://www.taxscan.in/%e2%82%b9-91916-cr-total-gross-gst-revenue-collected-month-september-2019-finance-ministry/38305/
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DIN System of CBDT launched; About 17500 Communications with DIN Generated on First day

The Documentation Identification Number ( DIN ) system of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has come into existence from today with the generation of about 17,500 communications with DIN on the very first day. This path-breaking DIN system has been created as per the direction of Finance Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman and from now onwards every CBDT communication will have to have a documentation identification number.

Revenue Secretary Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey said, “From today, any communication from Income Tax Department without a computer-generated DIN, be it a notice, letter, order and summon or any other correspondence, would be treated as invalid and shall be non est in law or deemed to be as if it has never been issued. The DIN system would ensure greater accountability and transparency in tax administration.”

“Now from today onwards, all such communications with DIN would be verifiable on the e-filing portal and no communication would be issued manually without DIN except only if it is in the specified exceptional circumstances”, said Dr. Pandey.

It would be pertinent to mention here that while specifying such exceptional circumstances the CBDT Circular related to DIN dated 14.08.2019 says that whenever any such manual communication would be issued, it would be necessarily required to specify reason of issuing such a communication without DIN along with the date of obtaining written approval of the Chief Commissioner/Director General of Income Tax in a particular format. Any communication which is not in conformity of with the prescribed guidelines shall be treated as invalid and non est in law.

The CBDT has specified that any communication issued manually under exceptional circumstances would have to be uploaded and regularised on the system portal within 15 days of its issuance.

The CBDT has also stated that all pending assessment proceedings, where notices were earlier issued manually, prior to the DIN related Circular dated 14.08.2019 coming into existence, all such cases would be identified and notices so sent would be uploaded on ITBA by the end of this month, i.e., by 31st Oct 2019.

This is in pursuance of the directions by the Hon’ble Prime Minister in which he has asked the Department of Revenue to come up with specific measures to ensure that the honest taxpayers are not harassed and served better. It may be noted that earlier there have been some instances where it was not possible to maintain the audit trail of the manually issued communication which in some cases caused inconvenience to taxpayers sometime. However, with the present system of attaching a DIN to every notice or communication of CBDT would result in better services to taxpayers without any possible harassment.

Read more at: https://www.taxscan.in/din-system-cbdt-launched-17500-communications-din-generated-first-day/38310/
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UDIN gets Trade Mark Registration: More than 30 lakh UDINs have been generated and more than 1 lakh members have already registered on UDIN Portal

The Unique Document Identification Number (UDIN) get Trademark Registration under the Trade Marks Act, said ICAI President CA.

Prafulla P. Chhajed. The Unique Document Identification Number (UDIN) is gaining acceptability in business and industry as a tool to bring authenticity to the certificates issued by the Chartered Accountants. More than 30 lakh UDINs have been generated and more than 1 lakh members have already registered on UDIN Portal.

CA. Prafulla P. Chhajed also said that “Bringing further credibility to its usage, the acronym “UDIN” has now been registered under the Trade Marks Act, 1999 in the name of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Usage of UDIN is virtually eliminating any misrepresentation by a third person claiming to be a Chartered Accountant and signing financial documents/certificates to mislead the authorities and stakeholders”.

“Further, we have recently decided to grant a one-time extension in the time limit to generate UDIN from 15 days to 30 days. This one-time relaxation is available on the Certificate/ Report/ Document signed between 20th August, 2019 to 31st December, 2019. However, UDIN so generated has to be communicated to “management” or “those charged with governance” for disseminating it to the stakeholders from their end”, he also added.

Read more at: https://www.taxscan.in/udin-gets-trade-mark-registration-more-than-30-lakh-udins-have-been-generated-and-more-than-1-lakh-members-have-already-registered-on-udin-portal/38271/
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CBDT further extends due date for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till December 31, 2019


Notification 75/2019, dated 28-09-2019
Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961, requires every person who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar to quote his Aadhaar number in the return of income with effect from July 1, 2017. If any person does not possess the Aadhaar Number but he had applied for the Aadhaar card then he can quote Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application Form in the ITR. Section further provides for linking of Aadhaar number with PAN and if a person fails to link the Aadhaar number, the PAN allotted to them shall be deemed to be inoperative. The cut-off date for linking Aadhaar with PAN was extended multiple times considering the difficulties faced by the taxpayers. The deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar is September 30, 2019 as per the last notification issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on March 31, 2019.

Now, the board has further extended the last date for linking of Aadhaar with PAN from September 30, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
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CBDT Directive Reg Processing Of Returns U/s 143(1) Having Refund Claims

The Directorate of Income-tax (Systems) has issued an important directive dated 12.09.2019 on the subject of functionality for processing of returns having refund claims which were not processed within the time allowed u/s 143(1) due to some technical or other reasons


ITBA-Processing Instruction No 9
DIRECTORATE OFINCOME TAX(SYSTEMS)
ARA Center, Ground Floor, E-2, [aandewalan Extens ion,
New Delhi -11 0055
F.No. System/ITBA/ Instruction/ITR Processing/177/16-17/
To,
Dated: 12.09.2019
All Principal Chief Commiss ioners of Income-tax/ CCsIT
All Principal Director Generals of Income Tax /DGsIT
All Principal Commissioners of lncome-tax/Csl’T/Cs IT(Admin &TPS)
All Principal Directors of Income Tax/Ds IT
Sir/Madam,

Subject: –Functionality for processing of returns having refund claims which were not processed within the time allowed ujs 143(1) due to some technical or other reasons- reg.

This is in reference to the subject mentioned above.

2. References from the field formations and tax payers have been received in this Directorate informing that due to some technical reason or otherwise but not attributable to the assessee, the valid returns filed by tax payers, could not be processed within the time prescribed under section 143(1) of the Act. Due to which, refund due to the assessee could not be issued.

3. To mitigate the genuine hardship being faced by the tax payers on this issue, the CBDT, in exercise of powers conferred on it, under section 119 of the Act, has relaxed the time frame prescribed in second proviso to sub section (1) of section 143 till 31.12.2019, vide Order under sect ion 119 of the Act dated 05.08.2019 issued through File N0225/194/2019/ITA-I1. Therefore all concerned are requested to forward such references/ proposals at the earliest to this directorate, for the enablement of processing of such time barred returns. The proposals for the enablement of time barred processing must reach to the Directorate of Systems, New Delhi by 30.11.2019 so that these references can be processed well with in the time period ending on 31.12.2019. It is also to clarify that in each such case, the processing rights will be enabled by the ITBA team and subsequently, the processing action has to be performed by the respective assessing officer. All references must be sent alongwith administrative approval of concerned PCCIT/ CCIT to this Directorate. In the absence of administ rative approval of CCIT, such reference s will not be considered.
The following scheme and validation are prescribed in the above said Order.
Pre-Conditions:
(i) Valid return for the assessment years is filed under permitted time limit u/ s 139 or 142 (1).
(ii) Assessee has claimed refund in return of income.
(iii) On computation, the resultant outcome is refund.
(iv) The returns of income should not have been remained unprocessed due to any reason attributable to the concerned assessee.
(v) The returns of income should not be under Scrutiny assessment in view of provisions of sub- section (1D) of section 143 of the Act .
Processes to be followed :
(i) Prior administrative approval of concern ed Pr.CCIT/CCIT must be obtained for processing of such eligible time-barred returns.
(ii) Once administrative approval is accorded by the concerned PCCIT/ CCIT, the concerned Pr.CIT/ CIT would make reference to the Pro DGIT (Systems). to provide necessary enablement in system to the assessing officer on case to case basis.
4. In view of above Instruction from CBDT. the field formations are requested to follow following process :-
(a) For the cases up to A.Y. 2006-07: Cases for these years will not be Processed in System, The AO can process such time-barred re turns manually after obtaining prior approval of concern ed Pr.CCIT/ CCIT and thereafter upload the int imation u/s 143(1) in ITBA through manual order upload functionality as explained in ITBA Assessment Instruction No 9 dated 07.05.201B. The administrative approval of Pr.CC IT/CCIT may ITBA-Processing Instruction No 9 be communicated by the PCITfCIT to the Pro DGIT(Systems) alongwith amount of refund claimed so that necessary enablerncnt in system to upload such intimation may be acti vated. The refund determined in the processing will be issued through refund banker
(b) For the cases of A. Yr. 2007-08 to 2015-16: Cases of these years will be required to be processed in AST. The administ rative approval of Pr.CCIT/CCIT may be communicated by th e PCIT/CIT to the Pro DGIT(Systems) so that necessary enablement in system to upload such intimation may be activated. Thereafter concerned assessing officer will be able to process such time time bar red returns. The re fund arising out of processing will be issued th rough refund banker.
(c) Cases of A. Yrs. 2016-1 7 &2017-18 : For the AYrs . 2016-17 &2017-18 all the Paper returns and  e-filed returns pushed to AO by CPC-ITR are required to be processed at ITBA as per process described in ITBA Processing Instructions issued so far. If any such return is not processed, the process given in Para (b) is required to be followed. After which the necessary enablement will be activated in system. The AO are required to enter or modify the data and send the return to CPC-ITR for final computation and issuance of refund.
(d) For the e-flled cases which were not transferred to AO and remained unprocessed at CPC-ITR :
Cases in which valid unprocessed returns of income are lying with CPC, Bengaluru and the assessing officer is in receipt of request from the assessee seeking refund, the AO is required to verify that all the pre-conditio ns as per CBDT Inst ructions are com plied an d obtain th e approval of Pr.CClTfCIT to process such time-barred returns. Thereafter, the reference along with approval of Pro CCITfCCIT will have to be forwarded to CPC for further necessary action. The AO has to ensure that no assessment order (Manual or otherwise) is passed in such cases. Thereafter CPC•ITR will process such cases and issue refund as per extant procedure,
5. The navigation path for processing of such returns is given as under:
(a) In AST• For th e return of A Yr. 2007-08 to 2015-16: To process such cases, AO has to fetch the re quis ite return through the path “AST > Processing > Processing u/s 143(1)’.
(b) In ITBA- For the AYrs. 2016-17 &2017-18 : ITR Processing> Return Receipt Register > View RRR/nter Return Details
(c) Returns prior to A Yr. 2007-08: These returns are required to be processed manually after getting approval of Pro CCITfCCIT and upload in ITBA through manual order upload functionali ty through the path – Go to Assessment home page> Menu Manual Order Upload
6. The complete proced ure is elaborated in the user manual for the funct ionality which is available on ITBA forthe convenience of the users. This may be circulated amongst all ITBA-Processing Instruction No 9 officers working in your charge. With this, the var ious re presentations received from field format ions in th is regard sta nd disp osed off.
7. In case of any tec hnical difficulty being observed, users may immediately contact the ITBAhelpd esk .
A. URL of helpd csk of ITBA: http_:/ /itbahelpdesk.incometa x.net
B. Helpd esk number –0120-28112 00
C. Email id : itba.helpdesk@jncomet ax.goy.in
8. It is further emphasized that a ll such cases should be examined on priority and re fer ence as per prescribed procedure be sent to this Direc torate or to CPC-ITR as the case may be , as soon as possible. It is expect ed that all officers may henceforth use the aforesaid process, wherever required, while redressing the grievance of tax payers seeking refund where relevant returns could not be processed due to reasons not attributable to the assessee.
9. This is issued with the prior approval of ProDGIT (Systems).
Yours sincerely,
(Sukesh Kumar Jain)
Commissioner of Income Tax (ITBA)
Directorate of Systems, New Delhi
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E-assessment Scheme, 2019

The CBDT has vide Notification dated 12th September, 2019 brought into force the much awaited E-assessment Scheme, 2019. The objective of the scheme is to curb corruption by making tax filing and their review faceless. The e-assessment scheme makes it mandatory for all communication between tax department and taxpayers to be done online.


MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Revenue)
(CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES)
NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 12th September, 2019
(INCOME-TAX)

S.O. 3264(E).–In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3A) of section 143 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Government hereby makes the following Scheme, namely:__
1. Short title and commencement.–– (1) This Scheme may be called the E-assessment Scheme, 2019.
(2) It shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.
2. Definitions .–– (1) In this Scheme, unless the context otherwise requires, ––
(i) “Act” means the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961);
(ii) “addressee” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);
(iii) “assessment” means assessment of total income or loss of the assessee under sub-section (3) of section 143 of the Act;
(iv) “authorised representative” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in sub-section (2) of section 288 of the Act;
(v) “automated allocation system” means an algorithm for randomised allocation of cases, by using suitable technological tools, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, with a view to optimise the use of resources;
(vi) “automated examination tool” means an algorithm for standardised examination of draft orders, by using suitable technological tools, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, with a view to reduce the scope of discretion;
(vii) “Board” means Central Board of Direct Taxes constituted under the Central Board of Revenues Act, 1963 (54 of 1963);
(viii) “computer resource” shall have the same meaning as assigned to them in clause (k) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);
(ix) “computer system” shall have the same meaning as assigned to them in clause (l) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);
(x) “computer resource of assessee” shall include assessee’s registered account in designated portal of the Income-tax Department, the Mobile App linked to the registered mobile number of the assessee, or the email account of the assessee with his email service provider;
(xi) “digital signature” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (p) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);
(xii) “designated portal” means the web portal designated as such by the Principal Chief Commissioner or Principal Director General, in charge of the National e-assessment Centre;
(xiii) “e-assessment” means the assessment proceedings conducted electronically in ‘e-Proceeding’facility through assessee’s registered account in designated portal;
(xiv) “electronic record” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (t) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);
(xv) “electronic signature” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (ta) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);
(xvi) “email” or “electronic mail” and “electronic mail message” means a message or information created or transmitted or received on a computer, computer system, computer resource or communication device including attachments in text, image, audio, video and any other electronic record, which may be transmitted with the message.;
(xvii) “hash function” and “hash result” shall have the same meaning as assigned to them in the Explanation to sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);
(xviii) “Mobile app” shall mean the application software of the Income-tax Department developed for mobile devices which is downloaded and installed on the registered mobile number of the assessee;
(xix) “originator” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (za) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);
(xx) “real time alert” means any communication sent to the assessee, by way of Short Messaging Service on his registered mobile number, or by way of update on his Mobile App, or by way of an email at his registered email address, so as to alert him regarding delivery of an electronic communication;
(xxi) “registered account” of the assessee means the electronic filing account registered by the assessee indesignated portal;
(xxii) “registered e-mail address” means the e-mail address at which an electronic communication may be delivered or transmitted to the addressee, including-
(a) the email address available in the electronic filing account of the addressee registered in
designated portal;or
(b) the e-mail address available in the last income-tax return furnished by the addressee;or
(c) the e-mail address available in the Permanent Account Number database relating to the
addressee;or
(d) in the case of addressee being an individual who possesses the Aadhaar number, the e-mail
address of addressee available in the database of Unique Identification Authority of India;or
(e) in the case of addressee being a company, the e-mail address of the company as available on the
official website of Ministry of Corporate Affairs;or
(f) any e-mail address made available by the addressee to the income-tax authority or any person
authorised by such authority.
(xxiii) “registered mobile number” of the assessee means the mobile number of the assessee, or his authorised representative, appearing in the user profile of the electronic filing account registered by the assessee in designated portal;
(xxiv) “video telephony” means the technological solutions for the reception and transmission of audio-video signals by users at different locations, for communication between people in real-time.
(2) Words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Act shall have the meaning respectively assigned to them in the Act.
3. Scope of the Scheme.–– The assessment under this Scheme shall be made in respect of such territorial area, or persons or class of persons, or incomes or class of incomes, or cases or class of cases, as may be specified by the Board.
4. E-assessment Centres.– (1) For the purposes of this Scheme, the Board may set up-
(i) a National e-assessment Centre to facilitate the conduct of e-assessment proceedings in a centralised manner, which shall be vested with the jurisdiction to make assessment in accordance with the provisions of this Scheme;
(ii) Regional e-assessment Centres as it may deem necessary to facilitate the conduct of e-assessment
proceedings in the cadre controlling region of a Principal Chief Commissioner, which shall be vested with the jurisdiction to make assessment in accordance with the provisions of this Scheme;
(iii) assessment units, as it may deem necessary to facilitate the conduct of e-assessment, to perform the function of making assessment, which includes identification of points or issues material for the determination of any liability (including refund) under the Act, seeking information or clarification on points or issues so identified, analysis of the material furnished by the assessee or any other person, and such other functions as may be required for the purposes of making assessment;
(iv) verification units, as it may deem necessary to facilitate the conduct of e-assessment, to perform the function of verification, which includes enquiry, cross verification, examination of books of accounts, examination of witnesses and recording of statements, and such other functions as may be required for the purposes of verification.
(v) technical units, as it may deem necessary to facilitate the conduct of e-assessment, to perform the function of providing technical assistance which includes any assistance or advice on legal, accounting, forensic, information technology, valuation, transfer pricing, data analytics, management or any other technical matter which may be required in a particular case or a class of cases, under this Scheme;and
(vi) review units, as it may deem necessary to facilitate the conduct of e-assessment, to perform the function of review of the draft assessment order, which includes checking whether the relevant and material evidence has been brought on record, whether the relevant points of fact and law have been duly incorporated in the draft order, whether the issues on which addition or disallowance should be made have been discussed in the draft order, whether the applicable judicial decisions have been considered and dealt with in the draft order, checking for arithmetical correctness of modifications proposed, if any, and such other functions as may be required for the purposes of review,
and specify their respective jurisdiction.
(2) All communication among the assessment unit, review unit, verification unit or technical unit or with the assesse or any other person with respect to the information or documents or evidence or any other details, as may be necessary for the purposes of making an assessment under this Scheme shall be through the National e-assessment Centre.
(3) The units referred to in sub-paragraphs (iii), (iv), (v) and (vi) of paragraph (1) shall have the following authorities, namely:–
(a) Additional Commissioner or Additional Director or Joint Commissioner or Joint Director, as the case may be;
(b) Deputy Commissioner or Deputy Director or Assistant Commissioner or Assistant Director, or Income-tax Officer, as the case may be;
(c) such other income-tax authority, ministerial staff, executive or consultant, as considered necessary by the Board.
5. Procedure for assessment.––(1) The assessment under this Scheme shall be made as per the following procedure, namely:__
(i) the National e-Assessment Centre shall serve a notice on the assessee under sub-section (2) of section 143, specifying the issues for selection of his case for assessment;
(ii) the assessee may, within fifteen days from the date of receipt of notice referred to in sub-clause (i), file his response to the National e-assessment Centre;
(iii) the National e-assessment Centre shall assign the case selected for the purposes of e-assessment under this Scheme to a specific assessment unit in any one Regional e-assessment Centre through an automated allocation system;
(iv) where a case is assigned to the assessment unit, it may make a request to the National e-assessment Centre for __
(a) obtaining such further information, documents or evidence from the assesse or any other person,
as it may specify;
(b) conducting of certain enquiry or verification by verification unit;and
(c) seeking technical assistance from the technical unit;
(v) where a request for obtaining further information, documents or evidence from the assessee or any other person has been made by the assessment unit, the National e-assessment Centre shall issue appropriate notice or requisition to the assessee or any other person for obtaining the information, documents or evidence requisitioned by the assessment unit;
(vi) where a request for conducting of certain enquiry or verification by the verification unit has been made by the assessment unit, the request shall be assigned by the National e-assessment Centre to a verification unit through an automated allocation system;
(vii) where a request for seeking technical assistance from the technical unit has been made by the assessment unit, the request shall be assigned by the National e-assessment Centre to a technical unit in any one Regional eassessment Centres through an automated allocation system;
(viii) the assessment unit shall, after taking into account all the relevant material available on the record, make in writing, a draft assessment order either accepting the returned income of the assessee or modifying the returned income of the assesse, as the case may be, and send a copy of such order to the National eassessment Centre;
(ix) the assessment unit shall, while making draft assessment order, provide details of the penalty proceedings to be initiated therein, if any;
(x) the National e-assessment Centre shall examine the draft assessment order in accordance with the risk management strategy specified by the Board, including by way of an automated examination tool, whereupon it may decide to –
(a) finalise the assessment as per the draft assessment order and serve a copy of such order and notice
for initiating penalty proceedings, if any, to the assessee, alongwith the demand notice, specifying
the sum payable by, or refund of any amount due to, the assessee on the basis of such assessment;
or
(b) provide an opportunity to the assessee, in case a modification is proposed, by serving a notice
calling upon him to show cause as to why the assessment should not be completed as per the draft
assessment order;or
(c) assign the draft assessment order to a review unit in any one Regional e-assessment Centre, through an automated allocation system, for conducting review of such order;
(xi) the review unit shall conduct review of the draft assessment order, referred to it by the National e-assessment Centre whereupon it may decide to__
(a) concur with the draft assessment order and intimate the National e-assessment Centre about such
concurrence;or
(b) suggest such modification, as it may deem fit, to the draft assessment order and send its
suggestions to the National e-assessment Centre;
(xii) the National e-assessment Centre shall, upon receiving concurrence of the review unit, follow the procedure laid down in sub-paragraph (a) or sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph (x), as the case may be;
(xiii) the National e-assessment Centre shall, upon receiving suggestions for modifications from the review unit,
communicate the same to the Assessment unit;
(xiv) the assessment unit shall, after considering the modifications suggested by the Review unit, send the final
draft assessment order to the National e-assessment Centre;
(xv) The National e-assessment Centre shall, upon receiving final draft assessment order, follow the procedure laid
down in sub-paragraph (a) or sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph (x),as the case may be;
(xvi) The assessee may, in a case where show-cause notice under sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph (x) has been
served upon him, furnish his response to the National e-assessment Centre on or before the date and time
specified in the notice;
(xvii) The National e-assessment Centre shall,-
(a) in a case where no response to the show-cause notice is received, finalise the assessment as per the
draft assessment order,as per the procedure laid down in sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph (x);or
(b) in any other case, send the response received from the assessee to the assessment unit;
(xviii) The assessment unit shall, after taking into account the response furnished by the assessee, make a revised
draft assessment order and send it to the National e-assessment Centre;
(xix) The National e-assessment Centre shall, upon receiving the revised draft assessment order,-
(a) in case no modification prejudicial to the interest of the assessee is proposed with reference to the draft
assessment order, finalise the assessment as per the procedure laid down in sub-paragraph (a) of
paragraph (x);or
(b) in case a modification prejudicial to the interest of the assessee is proposed with reference to the draft
assessment order,provide an opportunity to the assessee, as per the procedure laid down in subparagraph
(b) of paragraph (x);
(c) the response furnished by the assessee shall be dealt with as per the procedure laid down in paragraphs
(xvi),(xvii), and (xviii);
(xx) The National e-assessment Centre shall, after completion of assessment, transfer all the electronic records of
the case to the Assessing Officer having jurisdiction over such case., for –
(a) imposition of penalty;
(b) collection and recovery of demand;
(c) rectification of mistake;
(d) giving effect to appellate orders;
(e) submission of remand report, or any other report to be furnished, or any representation to be made, or
any record to be produced before the Commissioner (Appeals), Appellate Tribunal or Courts, as the
case may be;
(f) proposal seeking sanction for launch of prosecution and filing of complaint before the Court;
(xxi) Notwithstanding anything contained in paragraph (xx), the National e-assessment Centre may at any stage
of the assessment, if considered necessary, transfer the case to the Assessing Officer having jurisdiction
over such case.
6. Penalty proceedings for non-compliance.– (1) Any unit may, in the course of assessment proceedings, for noncompliance
of any notice, direction or order issued under this Scheme on the part of the assessee or any other person,
send recommendation for initiation of any penalty proceedings under Chapter XXI of the Act, against such assesse or any
other person, as the case may be, to the National e-assessment Centre, if it considers necessary or expedient to do so.
(2) The National e-assessment Centre shall, on receipt of such recommendation, serve a notice on the assessee or any
other person, as the case may be, calling upon him to show cause as to why penalty should not be imposed on him under
the relevant provisions of the Act.
(3) The response to show –cause notice furnished by the assessee or any other person, if any, shall be sent by the
National e-assessment Centre to the concerned unit which has made the recommendation for penalty.
(4) The said unit shall, after taking into consideration the response furnished by the assesse or any other person, as the
case may be, –
(a) make a draft order of penalty and send a copy of such draft to National e-assessment Centre;or
(b) drop the penalty after recording reasons, under intimation to the National e-assessment Centre.
(5) The National e-assessment Centre shall levy the penalty as per the said draft order of penalty and serve a copy of the
same on the assessee or any other person, as the case may be.
7. Appellate Proceedings.– An appeal against an assessment made by the National e-assessment Centre under this
Scheme shall lie before the Commissioner (Appeals) having jurisdiction over the jurisdictional Assessing Officer and any
reference to the Commissioner (Appeals) in any communication from the National e-assessment Centre shall mean such
jurisdictional Commissioner (Appeals).
8. Exchange of communication exclusively by electronic mode.–– For the purposes of this Scheme,-
(a) all communications between the National e-assessment Centre and the assessee, or his authorised
representative, shall be exchanged exclusively by electronic mode;and
(b) all internal communications between the National e-assessment Centre, Regional e-assessment Centres
and various units shall be exchanged exclusively by electronic mode.
9. Authentication of electronic record.–– For the purposes of this Scheme, an electronic record shall be authenticated
by the originator by affixing his digital signature in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 3 of the
Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000):
Provided that in case of the originator, being the assesse or any other person, such authentication may also be done by
electronic signature or electronic authentication technique in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2) of section
3A of the said Act:
10. Delivery of electronic record.––(1) Every notice or order or any other electronic communication under this Scheme
shall be delivered to the addressee, being the assessee, by way of-
(a) placing an authenticated copy thereof in the assessee’s registered account;or
(b) sending an authenticated copy thereof to the registered email address of the assessee or his authorised
representative;or
(c) uploading an authenticated copy on the assessee’s Mobile App;and
followed by a real time alert.
(2) Every notice or order or any other electronic communication under this Scheme shall be delivered to the addressee,
being any other person, by sending an authenticated copy thereof to the registered email address of such person, followed
by a real time alert.
(3) The Assessee shall file his response to any notice or order or any other electronic communication, under this Scheme,
through his registered account, and once an acknowledgement is sent by the National e-assessment Centre containing the
hash result generated upon successful submission of response, the response shall be deemed to be authenticated.
(4) The time and place of dispatch and receipt of electronic record shall be determined in accordance with the provisions
of section 13 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000).
11. No personal appearance in the Centres or Units.––(1) A person shall not be required to appear either personally or
through authorised representative in connection with any proceedings under this Scheme before the income-tax authority
at the National e-assessment Centre or Regional e-assessment Centre or any unit set up under this Scheme.
(2) In a case where a modification is proposed in the draft assessment order, and an opportunity is provided to the
assessee by serving a notice calling upon him to show-cause as to why the assessment should not be completed as per the
such draft assessment order, the assessee or his authorised representative, as the case may be, shall be entitled to seek
personal hearing so as to make his oral submissions or present his case before the income-tax authority in any unit under
this Scheme, and such hearing shall be conducted exclusively through video conferencing, including use of any
telecommunication application software which supports video telephony, in accordance with the procedure laid down by
the Board.
(3) Any examination or recording of the statement of the assessee or any other person (other than statement recorded in
the course of survey under section 133A of the Act) shall be conducted by an income-tax authority in any unit under this
Scheme, exclusively through video conferencing, including use of any telecommunication application software which
supports video telephony in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Board.
(4) The Board shall establish suitable facilities for video conferencing including telecommunication application software
which supports video telephony at such locations as may be necessary, so as to ensure that the assessee, or his authorised
representative, or any other person referred to in sub-paragraph (2) or sub-paragraph (3) is not denied the benefit of this
Scheme merely on the consideration that such assessee or his authorised representative, or any other person does not
have access to video conferencing at his end.
12. Power to specify format, mode, procedure and processes.––(1) The Principal Chief Commissioner or the Principal
Director General, in charge of the National e-assessment Centre shall lay down the standards, procedures and processes
for effective functioning of the National e-assessment Centre , Regional e-assessment Centres and the unit set-up under
this Scheme, in an automated and mechanised environment, including format, mode, procedure and processes in respect
of the following, namely:__
(i) service of the notice, order or any other communication;
(ii) receipt of any information or documents from the person in response to the notice, order or any other
communication;
(iii) issue of acknowledgment of the response furnished by the person;
(iv) provision of “e-proceeding” facility including login account facility, tracking status of assessment,
display of relevant details, and facility of download;
(v) accessing, verification and authentication of information and response including documents submitted
during the assessment proceedings;
(vi) receipt, storage and retrieval of information or documents in a centralised manner;
(vii) general administration and grievance redressal mechanism in the respective Centres and units.
[Notification No. 61/2019/F.No. 370149/154/2019-TPL]
ANKUR GOYAL, Under Secy.
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