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- Faceless appeal facility will start across the country from 25th September i.e. Deendayal Upadhyay's birthday
- Prior to India, the taxpayer charter is in force in the US, Europe and many Gulf countries as well.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday implemented the Faceless Assessment and Taxpayer Charter to encourage honest taxpayers and increase transparency in the tax system. With the birthday of Deendayal Upadhyaya on 25th September, the facility of faceless appeal will also be available all over the country. Also introduced special taxation platform.
First of all, what is a faceless assessment?
Last year, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed a faceless assessment. This means that the scrutiny of the tax returns will no longer be done by the Income Tax Officer, but this work will be done with the help of technology. It aims to eliminate the liaison between the taxpayer and the income tax officer. Assessment officer will not know whose returns he is assessing. This will prevent corruption. The problem of taxpayer will also be less.
How will there be a faceless appeal?
If the Assessment Officer has found any defect or mistake in the taxpayer's return, he can send a notice to it. But, even if the taxpayer has to appeal against him, he will not need to meet any officer. In the new system that will also be possible through electronic means.
What does the new system say about raids or surveys?
Till now, any income tax officer or authorized inspector could carry out survey or raid operations in his area. Now this will not happen. For this, he has to get the approval of Director General of Income Tax (Investigation) and Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (TDS). Actually, the survey is done under section 133A of the Income Tax Act. Under this, the investigation starts by suddenly entering someone's house. In such a situation, it can be done only with full accountability and responsibility.
Will the notices still come as before?
Notices will come, but the process has changed a bit. Along with that, immediate action will also be taken. All assessment orders will now pass through the National E-Assessment Center through Faceless Assessment Scheme 2019. Best Judgment Assessments have also been included in Faceless Assessments. If a taxpayer does not cooperate, the tax officer refers the tax assessment on the basis of his best judgment. Nagia & Co LLP partner Shailesh Kumar says this aspect is important in the new process. Taxpayers have to take care. If he does not pay attention, then his best judge can get adverse action done against him in the assessment.
What is this taxpayer charter nowThe
Taxpayer Charter is nothing new. Western countries like the US as well as Europe and Gulf countries have a taxpayer charter in force. In this, there is a mention of what facility the tax department will provide to the taxpayer. Also, what are the expectations of the department from the taxpayer, it has been told.
What if it is violatedThe
It is made on the basis of the provisions of the Income Tax Act. However, the charter is not a law in itself, but rather a resolution. If the officials of the Income Tax Department do not follow this, then there is no provision like imposing any penalty or penalty on them.
What promises the Income Tax Department has made in the Taxpayer CharterThe
By the way, there is nothing new in the promises made. Only, the Income Tax Department has told what it will do for the taxpayer:
Will there be some responsibility on taxpayer tooThe
Of course. The taxpayer charter also prescribes some accountability for taxpayers –
What is the benefit of such a big exercise?
The income tax department has had a lot of fear in India for many years. Not everyone understands the complexity and people get nervous when they notice. All this exercise is to simplify the tax system. So that people can come forward voluntarily and collect tax.
Apart from this, in the budget also the government kept stressing that there is no need for more documents and it has reduced the need for tax related documents to a great extent. However, it is different that if you deposit tax in the old system then you will save.
What do the experts say?
Experts have welcomed it in one voice. But some have raised doubts on its implementation. Archit Gupta, CEO of Clear Tax, says that is a good move at the policy level. But it should also be reflected in the conduct of tax administration and tax authorities. For this, the tax authorities will have to be trained. Taxpayer has to be made helpful.
Similarly, Ritesh Kumar, executive director of Indus Law, said that till now the results of faceless assessment have been satisfactory. In critical matters, there is a scope to meet the officials personally and make their point. Tax scrutiny should be given on an Expertise basis, not a Randomize. This will reduce unnecessary litigation.