The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has constituted a special task force to chart the road map for its ambitious proposal of a jurisdiction-free income tax assessment system and e-scrutiny of taxpayers. The 13-member task force has been asked to submit its report on the new tax assessment process, which is aimed at reducing corruption and harassment of taxpayers, to the CBDT by July 31.
The 13-member task force is headed by a principal chief commissioner of income tax-rank officer. The other members have been drawn from various regions and streams of the I-T department set-up.
Under the proposed jurisdiction-free assessment, it is being mooted that a taxpayer could be assessed by an assessing officer (AO) of the department based in any part of the country. This proposal is aimed at reducing instances of corruption and harassment of taxpayers.
The CBDT is set to implement the system of conducting limited scrutiny cases via the 'e-proceeding' system that had been notified recently under the ambitious Internet-based paperless communication system of tax dealings. The new e-proceeding procedure, the CBDT has said, is a part of an e-governance initiative to facilitate a simple way of communication between the department and the taxpayer, through electronic means, without the taxpayer visiting the I-T office.