With the moto to support ‘Digital India’ campaign of Indian Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi, Central Board of Direct Taxes ( CBDT ) vide its instruction no. F. No. 225/267/2015-ITA-II Dated 19-10-2015 initiate the concept of using email for corresponding with taxpayers and sending through emails the questionnaires, notice etc. at the time of scrutiny proceedings and getting responses from them using the same medium on a pilot basis. This would eliminate the necessity of visiting the Income-tax Offices by the taxpayers, particularly in smaller cases, involving limited issues and where taxpayer is able to provide details required by the AO without necessitating his physical presence.
To start with, it has been decided to launch a pilot project in this regard in five non-corporate charges at Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad & Chennai stations. Initially, 100 cases for e-hearing could be identified in each of these charges and major part of assessment processing should be conducted in electronic mode. Also, the cases covered under the aforesaid pilot project should be those which have been selected for scrutiny on the basis of AIR/CIB information or non-matching with 26AS-data.
Download CBDT Instruction no. F. No. 225/267/2015-ITA-II Dated 19-10-2015 (http://irsofficersonline.gov.in)
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