Soon, I-T dept inquiries to be held via video conferencing
Mumbai: The “anonymised” interaction with income tax (I-T) department, which was announced in the recent Interim Budget, is being designed to allow the taxpayers to present their case through video conferencing, in case of an inquiry. This will not only help in saving precious time of the taxpayers, but also eliminate the contact between the taxpayer and the I-T officials, thereby reducing chances of corruption.
Speaking in a post-budget interaction, Ramesh Krishnamurthi, IT commissioner (systems), said the interaction via video conferencing will be followed by a quality review of the case, before coming to a conclusion. Moreover, there will be verification prior to the scrutiny of an assessee, in any case.
According to Krishnamurthi, in the new process, the verification, inquiry, review and all other functions are planned to be done by a different set of teams. Also, a centralised review of an appellate order will take place so that the department does not unnecessarily waste time on cases that are not required to be taken further.
Finance minister Piyush Goyal had announced in the Interim Budget that almost all verification and assessment of returns selected for scrutiny will be done electronically through “anonymised” back office, which will be manned by tax experts and officials without any personal interface between the taxpayers and tax officers. The full-fledged system is expected to start within a couple of years and trials are already on, the officials said.
The government, for the past couple of years, has been working on putting across a system in the I-T department, which will leave a visible trail of what work is pending, with whom, where, and for how long. Turn to p2