NO PROPOSAL FOR SCRUTINY OF GST ASSESSMENT IN FACELESS MODE
Anurag Singh Thakur, The Minister of State for Finance added that till date no proposal has been made for “faceless scrutiny assessment of GST returns” by the Government. The reason being, the clause of the Goods and Services tax rule already contains a provision for electronic filing and assessment. He further added that except for certain facts and circumstances, a total of 82,072 income tax assessment cases (till March 10) have been completed in a faceless manner.
To a query in the Rajya Sabha on whether the government is considering scrutiny of GST assessments and some stages of investigations by SFIO in a faceless mode, he said, "No such proposal for scrutiny of GST assessment in a faceless mode is under consideration of the Government presently as the GST laws and rules made thereunder already provide for electronic filing and assessment of returns on the common portal. With regard to the Serious Fraud Investigation Office, the information is also nil.
The minister said faceless assessments have been initiated to impart greater efficiency, transparency and accountability by eliminating the interface between the Assessing Officer and assessee in the course of proceedings to the extent technologically feasible, optimising utilisation of the resources through economies of scale and functional specialisation and introducing a team-based assessment with dynamic jurisdiction.
An independent study to ascertain assessees’ experiences in a faceless manner is being conducted by National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER). Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) have a tripartite arrangement with NCAER for conducting this independent assessment of Faceless Assessment Scheme of the CBDT.
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