The Income Tax Department on Friday launched Faceless Income Tax Appeals. Under Faceless Appeals, all IT appeals will be finalised in a faceless manner under the faceless ecosystem with the exception of appeals relating to serious frauds, major tax evasion, sensitive and search matters, international tax and Black Money Act. The necessary Gazette notification has also been issued on Friday.
The Faceless Assessment and Taxpayers’ Charter as part of “Transparent Taxation was announced on August 13.
From now on, in IT appeals, everything from e-allocation of appeal, e-communication of notice/ questionnaire, e-verification/e-enquiry to e-hearing and finally e-communication of the appellate order, the entire process of appeals will be online, dispensing with the need for any physical interface between the appellant and the department.
There will be no physical interface between the taxpayers or their counsel/s and the Income Tax Department. The taxpayers can make submissions from the comfort of their home and save their time and resources.
The Faceless Appeal will provide not only great convenience to taxpayers but will also ensure just and fair appeal orders and minimise any further litigation. The new system will also be instrumental in imparting greater efficiency, transparency and accountability in the functioning of the Income Tax Department.
As per data with CBDT, there is a pendency of almost 4.6 lakh appeals at the level of the Commissioner (Appeals) in the department. Out of this, about 4.05 lakh appeals, i.e., about 88 per cent of the total appeals, will be handled under the Faceless Appeal mechanism and almost 85 per cent of the present strength of Commissioners (Appeals) shall be utilised for disposing of the cases under the Faceless Appeal mechanism.