Faceless assessment: CBDT gives fresh SOPs; directs officers to give ample time to assessees

Updated: Aug 18 2022 7:58PM

New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) The CBDT has recently issued a set of internal guidelines or SOPs for income tax department assessing officers in order to reduce "procedural errors" and streamline the faceless assessment system for taxpayers, official sources said on Thursday.

According to the latest directions, a show cause notice will be mandatorily issued by the assessing officer (AO) to a taxpayer in whose case "any variation prejudicial to the interest of the assessee is proposed" or to say where an action against the assessee is proposed.

The latest standard operating procedure (SOP) issued to the department officers this month comes in the backdrop of another order for creation of 'local committees' under respective chief commissioners to look into grievances relating to "high pitched" assessments.  "A monitoring committee of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has also been put in place to monitor the work done by the local committees," a senior officer told PTI.