Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey. (PTI)
Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey. (PTI)

Document validation compulsory for search authorisation, arrests: Revenue Secretary

  • The DIN system would ensure greater accountability and transparency in the indirect tax administration as well
  • The DIN system would be extended to other communications by the end of next month, the statement said quoting Pandey

NEW DELHI : A system of validating all important communication from indirect tax officials to assessees with a computer-generated number from Friday will cover enforcement action like searches, inspections and arrests.

A statement from the revenue department said Thursday quoting revenue secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey that the system of document identification number (DIN) being rolled out by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) would initially be used for search authorization, summons, arrest memo, inspection notices and letters issued in the course of any enquiry.

“From now onwards, any communication from GST or Custom or Central Excise department without a computer generated DIN, would be treated as invalid and shall be non est in law or deemed to be as if it has never been issued," the statement said quoting Pandey.

Earlier, the government had rolled out a similar system for all communication from the Income Tax department to assessees as part of efforts to make officials more accountable and to prevent possibility of any harassment of tax payers.

“The DIN system would ensure greater accountability and transparency in the indirect tax administration as well. It would provide the taxpayer a digital facility to verify any communication. The DIN system would be extended to other communications by the end of next month", the statement said quoting Pandey.

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