National I-T electronic evaluation center based in Delhi; CBDT order issues

New Delhi, September 22 () A national electronic assessment center (NeAC) will be established in the national capital as part of the government's ambitious plan to launch an anonymous and unnamed assessment for taxpayers starting next month.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), which frames the policy of the Department of Income Tax, has issued an order for the creation of the Center.

The Center will have 16 staff members and will be headed by a Chief Income Tax Commissioner (PCCIT) as its head.

The NeAC will be an independent office that will handle exclusive electronic evaluation work, a senior official said.

While the 1984 Indigenous Tax Service (IRS) officer, KM Prasad, was appointed chief or PCCIT of the new Center, the 1993 IRS officer, Ashish Abrol, was appointed Commissioner or second in command of the new unit, they they said

The strength of the staff in the junior ranks will be reinforced in the future, authorities said.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the electronic evaluation scheme will be implemented from October 8, when 'Vijayadashami' will be held.

The NeAC will send notices to the evaluators specifying the problems for the selection of their case for the evaluation and after receiving a response from them within 15 days, the center will assign the case to an evaluating officer using an automated system, a Government notification had received before said.

A person will not be required to appear personally or through an authorized representative in connection with any procedure under this scheme (electronic evaluation) before the income tax authority at the National Electronic Evaluation Center or the Regional Electronic Evaluation Center or any unit established under this scheme, said the notification.

In the event that the evaluators or their authorized representatives want a personal hearing to present their presentations or present their case to the income tax authority, they will be allowed to do so in any unit and said hearings will be carried out exclusively through links video or any other such facility, he said.

In his speech on the budget, Sitharaman had said that the existing system of I-T scrutiny assessments involves a high-level personal interaction between the taxpayer and the department, which leads to certain undesirable practices by tax officials.

To eliminate such instances and shape the vision of the prime minister, this year a faceless evaluation scheme will be launched electronically that does not gradually involve a human interface.

To begin with, such electronic evaluations will be carried out in cases that require the verification of certain specific transactions or discrepancies, he said. NES Rhl

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