The Income Tax department has disposed of 7,116 cases without raising any demand for additional tax as it started the first phase of faceless assessment this year. In 291 cases, additional tax demand has been made and submitted to the risk management unit.
The faceless tax assessment was launched on October 7, 2019, in order to protect taxpayers from harassment. Under this assessment system, taxpayers need not see face-to-face any tax officer or visit an IT office and need not run from pillar to post on receiving income tax scrutiny assessment notice or rush to a tax professional or accountant, said IT officials.
Taxpayers have been advised to check their registered e-filing accounts/email ids for notices or updates.
From now on, all communications with taxpayers will be made electronically by a central cell in Delhi and the identity of all assessing officers will remain unknown to taxpayers at all times. The Income Tax Department has created digital technology for risk management for this purpose. On an average, more than 6 crore returns are filed annually.