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I-T officers can’t issue unaccounted notices

August 15, 2019 04:33 AM

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I-T officers can’t issue unaccounted notices
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

New Delhi:

The government has moved to clamp down on unaccounted notices and orders issued by income tax officers, often to put pressure on taxpayers.


From October 1, all orders, notices and summons will have to be generated via the Income Tax Business Application Platform with a unique document identification number, a circular issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes said on Wednesday, after PM Narendra Modi’s stern message that honest taxpayers should not be harassed.

Even now, notices and orders have to be generated electronically but the rule is not being adhered to. The directive will cover tax assessments, appeals, enquiry, investigation, orders, summons, exemptions, verification, penalty, prosecution and rectification cases.

“Any notice or order that does not carry a computergenerated DIN will not be valid,” said an official. Even orders and notices issued before the deadline will need to be validated and a DIN will have to be obtained by October 31.

The circular said in “exceptional circumstances” manual communication can be issued only after it is approved by an officer of the rank of chief commissioner.

Won’t tolerate graft, tax harassment: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government is firm in its commitment that “neither will we allow corruption nor will we tolerate any form of undue harassment. We took tough steps and compulsorily retired some tax officials in the last few weeks”. P 9

Manual communication can also be issued

The two-page circular said in “exceptional circumstances”, such as during searches or when PAN has not been issued or a communication link is unavailable, manual communication can be issued but only after it has been approved by an officer who is of the rank of chief commissioner. But even the manual communication will have to be uploaded online within 15 days. And information regarding such orders will have to be communicated within seven days.

Officials said the new system will also help taxpayers verify the communication via the income tax portal and officers can be tracked and the kind of notices they have issued can be analysed

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