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Income Tax Dept to conduct new e-campaign for taxpayers

data analysis has identified certain taxpayers with high value transactions who have not filed returns for AY 2019-20. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/MintPremium
data analysis has identified certain taxpayers with high value transactions who have not filed returns for AY 2019-20. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

  • The new campaign will begin from 20 July and will continue for 11 days ending on 31 July
  • The objective of the e-campaign is to facilitate taxpayers to validate their tax/financial transaction information available with the I-T Department

The Central Board of Direct Taxation will be conducting a new e-campaign for current as well as potential taxpayers. The new campaign will be targeted on the voluntary compliance of Income Tax for the convenience of taxpayers. The new campaign will begin from 20 July and will continue for 11 days ending on 31 July.

According to statement released by the Minstry of Finance, this new campaign focuses on the assessees/taxpayers who are either non-filers or have discrepancies/deficiency in their returns for the FY 2018-19.

The objective of the e-campaign is to facilitate taxpayers to validate their tax/financial transaction information available with the I-T Department, especially for the assessees for FY 2018-19 and promote voluntary compliance, so that they do not get into notice and scrutiny process etc.

Under this e-campaign the Income Tax Department will send email/sms to identified taxpayers to verify their financial transactions related information received by the I-T Department from various sources such as Statement of Financial Transactions (SFT), Tax Deduction at Source (TDS), Tax Collection at Source (TCS), Foreign Remittances (Form 15CC) etc. The Department, has also collected information related to GST, exports, imports and transactions in securities, derivatives, commodities, mutual funds, etc., under information triangulation set up and data analytics.

The statement from Ministry of Finance claims that data analysis has identified certain taxpayers with high value transactions who have not filed returns for AY 2019-20 (relevant to FY 2018-19). In addition to the non-filers, another set of return filers have also been identified where the transactions made by these tax tilers do not appear to be in line with their Income Tax Return.

With the new e-campaign, the taxpayers will be able to access details of their high value transactions on the designated portal. They will also be able to submit online response by selecting among any of these options: (i) Information is correct, (ii) Information is not fully correct, (iii) Information related to other person/year, (iv) Information is duplicate/included in other displayed information, and (v) Information is denied. There would be no need to visit any Income Tax office, as the response has to be submitted online.

The last date for filing as well as revising the Income Tax Return for Assessment Year 2019-20 (relevant to FY 2018-19) is 31st July 2020. Taxpayers are requested to avail the opportunity to participate in the e-campaign for their own ease and benefit.

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