The Income Tax Department, in a bid to streamline its processes and reduce human interaction at various levels is all set to utilise the ‘E-proceeding’ facility for individuals who are under scrutiny of the department.
The E-proceeding facility will ensure that individuals need not physically be present during scrutiny, with the entire process done electronically.
The introduction of this ‘faceless’ process follows finance minister Arun Jaitley’s statement during the budget where he proposed an amendment to the Income Tax Act to facilitate the same. This is not only expected to increase efficiency but will also improve transparency of the system.
The new system will be not be applicable in instances which are search-related.
The Income Tax department typically sends out notices for scrutiny for a number of cases. These might include instances wherein an individual has miscalculated the income in his/her IT filing, in cases where the department suspects an individual of evading tax, etc.
An individual under scrutiny will now have to submit the relevant responses with proofs on the e-filing website. He/she can use the ‘E-proceeding’ tab on the website for the same.
The Assessing Officer will digitally sign all communication regarding e-proceeding, thereby reducing graft.
The department has made this function voluntary, with it upto the concerned individual to opt for the service. People who choose not to utilise the initiative can choose to answer questions and submit proofs manually.
The facility will be available 24/7 and at no extra cost.