In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi envisaged a faceless taxation system for ease of life and the duty to revamp the system got here on to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). In a dialog with Rajeev Jayaswal, CBDT chairman Pramod Chandra Mody stated the system is now up and working. Edited excerpts:
What was the concept of faceless evaluation?
Faceless evaluation brings in larger transparency with randomised and automatic system, dynamic jurisdiction, and team-based method, eliminating particular person discretion in evaluation course of and thus enhances belief between earnings tax division and taxpayers.
This faceless mechanism is launched to make taxpayers’ life straightforward and promote voluntary self-compliance. Earlier additionally, we used to have territorial jurisdiction loaded with subjective description and source-based monetary transaction information which was not shared with the taxpayers. Any mismatch in a taxpayer’s return vis-a-vis the information would have invited a discover. Now, taxpayers have entry to her/his information, therefore possibilities of error within the returns are minimal. Due to this fact, the trigger for issuing the discover or scrutiny has been eradicated.
Is it about sharing monetary transaction information with taxpayers?
The reform isn’t just restricted to entry to at least one’s personal information. It is usually linked with a dynamic, faceless and non-territorial primarily based system, the place any discrepancy in a return shall be flagged by a computerised system. Any tax discover shall be despatched solely electronically and the taxpayer shall be in a position reply electronically with the consolation of her/his house. Solely instances with discrepancies shall be randomly allotted to a staff of tax officers anyplace throughout the nation. A staff will do faceless evaluation of the case and resolve on the deserves whether or not the taxpayer has to pay any further quantity. Based mostly on the taxpayer’s reply, once more faceless evaluation of the case shall be performed.
What are the advantages?
This might eradicate subjective discretions in evaluation. Anonymity is maintained in each assessments and critiques. No vested curiosity and no probability of any malpractice.
What about such instances or companies these are extremely technical and taxmen usually are not adequately educated to evaluate nuances?
Even faceless randomise assessments have two levels — technical evaluation and verification. A staff of sector specialists will assess technical points related to private or company tax. Say for delivery business, an skilled staff will assess the matter. Later, its evaluation shall be verified by one other staff earlier than sending a discover to the taxpayer. On this means, we’re implementing a clear and goal system the place officers haven’t any hyperlink with assesses, which can save taxpayers from any alleged harassment by tax officers.
What’s the new ‘Kind 26AS’?
The income-tax division, which anyway has the main points of key monetary transactions undertaken by people, company or trusts, will now share the identical information with the taxpayers in order that the assesses may file their annual tax return appropriately and keep away from scrutiny and litigations. A brand new ‘Kind 26AS’ has been launched to make system extra clear. This faceless system will present particulars of transactions prematurely to taxpayers that they’ll entry on-line through the use of their PAN [permanent account number] and OTP [one-time password]. Thus possibilities of any default in submitting returns can be minimal.