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Governance Bytes: National e-Assessment Centre

Govt. unveils faceless I-T assessment, opens National e-Assessment Centre

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In News:

  • Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance has launched the faceless assessment system in the Income Tax department and has inaugurated the National e-Assessment Centre.
  • The nodal National e-Assessment Centre (NeAC) will be located in Delhi and headed by the Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax.
National e-Assessment Centre

News Summary:

  1. Need for NeAC:
    • The e-assessment process is aimed at minimizing the level of interaction between taxpayers and the Income-Tax Department, which leads to certain undesirable practices on the part of tax officials.
  2. Automated processes:
    • Cases for the specified work shall be assigned by the NeAC to different units by way of automated allocation systems.
    • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had also recently launched a system wherein all notices and communication sent by the I-T department would come with a computer-generated documentation identification number (DIN).
    • Notices without this DIN will be considered non est or non-existent under the law.
  3. How the e-assessment system works?
    • Under the new system, tax assesses will receive notices on their registered emails as well as on registered accounts on the income tax web portal.
    • All such communication will have a document identification number (DIN), using which one can search it on the income tax e-filing portal.
    • To reply to any income tax notice, the assessee is not supposed to visit any income tax office or send letters by post.
    • All taxpayers have to reply to any notice or letter from the tax department electronically through their account on the income tax department’s e-filing portal.
    • After the reply is received, the NeAC will allocate the case to an assessing officer using an automated system.
    • And there would be no physical interface between the tax payers and the tax officers.

Benefits of NeAC:

  • Online submissions will save time and effort involved in visiting tax offices for face-to-face proceedings.
  • Faceless assessments will make the process objective and hassle-free and would lead to better quality of assessments.
  • It would help in bringing about transparency, efficiency, accountability and standardization of procedures by eliminating human interface between the taxpayer and the Income Tax department.

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