CBDT orders tax officials to not issue scrutiny notices to taxpayers

After rejecting “ill-conceived” suggestions by a group of Indian Revenue Services (IRS) officers, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) directed officials not to keep any communication with assessees or issue scrutiny notices to them without the board’s approval.

According to it, any such notice would have an “adverse effect” on the assessees amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

These directives are part of the interim action plan for the first quarter (April-June) prepared by the direct tax board. It highlights certain areas which need immediate attention and preparedness until normalcy returns.

The move comes at a time when the tax department faced widespread criticism on a report prepared by a group of IRS officers. It had created panic and tax policy uncertainty at a time when India is already going through a difficult economic situation.

“Identification and preparedness regarding the issuance of notice under Section 148, which deals with income escaping and return filing in all eligible cases, should be done by June 30. However, these notices are to be issued only after getting fresh communication from the board in this regard,” said the CBDT note. added that due to the unprecedented situation arising out of Covid-19-induced social distancing and lockdown this year, a relatively short interim action plan has been issued.

Considering the current situation, we have been putting a slew of tax relief measures to mitigate the impact on business and even on household.

Any such communication may put pressure on the taxpayers and create unnecessary panic. A new system had already been put in place to make officials accountable for their communication with assessees.

Souces : (Business Standard)

link : https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/cbdt-orders-tax-officials-to-not-issue-scrutiny-notices-to-taxpayers-120050801477_1.html

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