Paperless Income Tax Assessment Increases By 78%

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Income Tax assessment of taxpayers through the online route has seen a rise of 78% over the last few years. The ambitious move has prompted the department to take the paperless assessment procedure to pan-India basis by the fiscal end.

Paperless Income Tax Assessment Increases By 78%

As an attempt to curb chances of corruption, the government came up with the paperless initiative in October 2015 in select metro cities. The pilot project is currently being implemented in 7 cities that include Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

The blue print documented by the department in respect of e-assessment reveals that assessment through the online route has increased substantially. . "During the financial year 2015-16, a total of 1,014 cases were completed under the pilot project (e-assessment). The blue print which PTI had access to said, "The same was completed in approximately 14,000 cases during the 2016-17 fiscal. In this fiscal (2017-18), till July 31, assessment orders in around 4,100 such cases has been passed in the seven metro cities and e-assessments are pending in around 74,000 cases".

The blueprint further underlines that for cases which are selected for scrutiny for the FY 2017-18 and onwards, the department shall adopt the e-assessment facility on pan India basis. "Introduction of e-proceedings in time barring scrutiny cases is also contemplated," the blue print said.

"A lot of awareness has to be made so that the taxpayer knows that there is a new system in place", said a senior official who is part of the e-assessment project. The recent meet of top tax officials said that IT assessing officers "be encouraged to maximise e-assessment in a phased manner and to ensure that work be completed online so that there is complete transparency."

A lot of documents are to be submitted with the tax authorities before the case is finally processed by the department. For the online facility, a new link e-proceeding has been introduced in the personal login of the taxpayer on the government's e-filing website. But the proceeding is optional as of now, as the taxpayer on his discretion can decide on the assessment procedure.

With PTI Inputs

Story first published: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 14:03 [IST]
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