CBDT Launches E-Verification Scheme,2021

Last Updated On: Dec. 17, 2021, 10:35 p.m.
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CBDT LAUNCHES E-VERIFICATION SCHEME,2021

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 135A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Government hereby makes the following Scheme, namely

It shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

What is E-verification Scheme?

In this Scheme, unless the context otherwise requires,―

(i) “Act” means the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961);

(ii) “addressee” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);

(iii) “authorised representative” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in sub-section (2) of section 288 of the Act;

(iv) “automated allocation system” means an algorithm for randomised allocation of cases, by using suitable technological tools, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, with a view to optimise the use of resources;”

(v) “Commissioner of Income –tax (e-Verification)” means the prescribed income – tax authority under section 133

(vi) “e-mail” or “electronic mail” and “electronic mail message” means a message or information created or transmitted or received on a computer, computer system, computer resource or communication device including attachments in text, image, audio, video and any other electronic record, which may be transmitted with the message;

(vii) “Prescribed Authority” shall mean any income-tax authority working in the Directorate of Income-tax (Intelligence and Criminal Investigation), who is authorised by the Board to act as such authority for the purposes of this Scheme;

(viii) “registered account” of the assessee means the electronic filing account registered by the assessee in designated portal;

I. “registered e-mail address” means the e-mail address at which an electronic communication may be delivered or transmitted to the addressee, including-

(a) the e -mail address available in the electronic filing account of the addressee registered in the designated portal; or

(b) the e-mail address available in the last income-tax return furnished by the addressee; or

(c) the e-mail address available in the permanent account number database relating to the addressee; or

(d) in the case of addressee being an individual who possesses the Aadhaar number, the e-mail address of addressee available in the database of Unique Identification Authority of India; or

(e) in the case of addressee being a company, the e-mail address of the company as available on the official website of Ministry of Corporate Affairs; or

(f) any e-mail address made available by the addressee to the income-tax authority or any person authorised by such authority;

II “registered mobile number” of the addressee means either or both of―

(i) the mobile number of the assessee, or his authorised representative, appearing in the user profile of the electronic filing account registered by the assessee in designated portal;

(ii) in the case of addressee, being an individual who possesses the Aadhaar number, the mobile number available with the database of Unique Identification Authority of India.

(iii) “risk management strategy” means an algorithm for standardised examination of information, by using suitable technological tools, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, with a view to reduce the scope of risk, as decided by the Board from time to time;

(iv) “rules” means Income-tax Rules, 1962;

(v) “scrutiny assessment” means assessment under section 143 or section 144 or section 147 or section 153A or section 153C of the Act;

(vi) “video telephony” means the technological solutions for the reception and transmission of audio-video signals by users at different locations, for communication between people in real-time.

 

 

What is the Scope of the Scheme?

The scope of the Scheme shall be in respect of:

  • calling for information under section 133 of the Act;
  • collecting certain information under section 133B of the Act;
  • calling for information by the prescribed income-tax authority under section 133C of the Act;
  • exercise of power to inspect registers of companies under section 134 of the Act; and
  • exercise of power of Assessing Officer under section 135 of the Act.

 

 

What is the Applicability of the Scheme?

The Scheme shall be applicable to exercise the functions referred to in sub-paragraph (1) for processing or utilisation of the information which is,―

(i) in possession of the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) or Director General of Income-tax (Systems), as the case may be; or

(ii) made available to the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems)or Director General of Income-tax (Systems), as the case may be, by-

(a) the Director General of Income-tax (Intelligence and Criminal Investigation);

(b) the Commissioner of Income-tax in charge of the Centralised Processing Centre for processing of returns;

(c) the Commissioner of Income-tax in charge of the Centralised Processing Centre (TDS) for processing of statement of tax deducted at source; or

(d) any other authority, body or person.

 

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