Faceless Penalty Scheme, 2021 : Gazette Notification

Faceless Penalty Scheme, 2021 : Gazette Notification

 MINISTRY OF FINANCE

(Department of Revenue)

(CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 12th January, 2021

(INCOME-TAX)

Faceless Penalty Scheme
S.O. 117(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2A) of section 274 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Government hereby makes the following Scheme, namely:

1. Short title and commencement.––

(1) This Scheme may be called the Faceless Penalty Scheme, 2021.

(2) It shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

2. Definitions .–– (1) In this Scheme, unless the context otherwise requires, ––

(i) “Act” means the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961);

(ii) “addressee” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);

(iii) “assessment unit” means the assessment unit set up under the scheme notified under sub-section (3A) of section 143 of the Act or referred to in section 144B of the Act, as the case may be;

(iv) “authorised representative” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in sub-section (2) of section 288 of the Act;

(v) “automated allocation system” means an algorithm for randomised allocation of cases, by using suitable technological tools, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, with a view to optimise the use of resources;

(vi) “Board” means the Central Board of Direct Taxes constituted under the Central Board of Revenues Act, 1963 (54 of 1963);

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    (vii) “computer resource” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (k) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);

    (viii) “computer system” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (l) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);

    (ix) “computer resource of assessee” shall include assessee’s registered account in designated portal of the Income-tax Department, the Mobile App linked to the registered mobile number of the assessee, or the registered email address of the assessee with his email service provider;

    (x) “digital signature” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (p) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);

    (xi) “designated portal” means the web portal designated as such by the Principal Chief Commissioner or Principal Director General, in charge of the National Faceless Penalty Centre;

    (xii) “faceless penalty” means the penalty proceedings conducted electronically in 'e-proceeding' facility through assessee’s registered account in designated portal;

    (xiii) “electronic record” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (t) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);

    (xiv) “email” or “electronic mail” and “electronic mail message” means a message or information created or transmitted or received on a computer, computer system, computer resource or communication device including attachments in text, image, audio, video and any other electronic record, which may be transmitted with the message.;

    (xv) “hash function” and “hash result” shall have the same meaning as assigned to them in the Explanation to sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);

    (xvi) “Mobile app” shall mean the application software of the Income-tax Department developed for mobile devices which is downloaded and installed on the registered mobile number of the assessee;

    (xvii) “National Faceless Assessment Centre” shall mean the National e-Assessment Centre set up under the scheme notified under sub-section (3A) of section 143 of the Act or the National Faceless Assessment Centre referred to in section 144B of the Act, as the case may be;

    (xviii) “originator” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (za) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);

    (xix) “penalty” means the penalty imposable under the Act;

    (xx) “real time alert” means any communication sent to the assessee, by way of Short Messaging Service on his registered mobile number, or by way of update on his Mobile App, or by way of an email at his registered email address, so as to alert him regarding delivery of an electronic communication;

    (xxi) “Regional Faceless Assessment Centre” shall mean the Regional e-Assessment Centre set up under the scheme notified under sub-section (3A) of section 143 of the Act or the Regional Faceless Assessment Centre referred to in section 144B of the Act, as the case may be;

    (xxii) “registered account” of the assessee means the electronic filing account registered by the assessee in the designated portal;

    (xxiii) “registered e-mail address” means the e-mail address at which an electronic communication may be delivered or transmitted to the addressee, including-

    • (a) the email address available in the electronic filing account of the addressee registered in the designated portal; or
    • (b) the e-mail address available in the last income-tax return furnished by the addressee; or
    • (c) the e-mail address available in the Permanent Account Number database relating to the addressee; or
    • (d) in the case of addressee being an individual who possesses the Aadhaar number, the e-mail address of addressee available in the database of Unique Identification Authority of India ;or
    • (e) in the case of addressee being a company, the e-mail address of the company as available on the official website of Ministry of Corporate Affairs; or
    • (f) any e-mail address made available by the addressee to the income-tax authority or any person authorised by such authority;

    (xxiv) “registered mobile number” of the assessee means the mobile number of the assessee, or his authorised representative, appearing in the user profile of the electronic filing account registered by the assessee in the designated portal;

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      (xxv) “review unit” means the review unit set up under the scheme notified under sub-section (3A) of section 143 of the Act or referred to in section 144B of the Act, as the case may be;

      (xxvi) “Rules” means the Income-tax Rules, 1962;

      (xxvii) “technical unit” means the technical unit set up under the scheme notified under sub-section (3A) of section 143 of the Act or referred to in section 144B of the Act, as the case may be;

      (xxviii) “verification unit” means the verification unit set up under the scheme notified under sub-section (3A) of section 143 of the Act or referred to in section 144B of the Act, as the case may be;

      (xxix) “video conferencing or video telephony” means the technological solutions for the reception and transmission of audio-video signals by users at different locations, for communication between people in real-time.

      (2)  Words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Act shall have the meaning respectively assigned to them in the Act.

      3. Scope of the Scheme.–– The penalty under this Scheme shall be imposed in respect of such territorial area, or persons or class of persons, or income or class of income or cases or class of cases, or penalties or class of penalties as may be specified by the Board.

      4. Faceless Penalty Centres.–(1) For the purposes of this Scheme, the Board may set up —

      (i) a National Faceless Penalty Centre to facilitate the conduct of faceless penalty proceedings in a centralised manner and vest it with the jurisdiction to impose penalty in accordance with the provisions of this Scheme;

      (ii) Regional Faceless Penalty Centres, as it may deem necessary, to facilitate the conduct of faceless penalty proceedings, which shall be vested with the jurisdiction to impose penalty in accordance with the provisions of this Scheme;

      (iii) penalty units, as it may deem necessary, to facilitate the conduct of faceless penalty proceedings, to perform the function of drafting penalty orders, which includes identification of points or issues for imposition of penalty under the Act, seeking information or clarification on points or issues so identified, providing opportunity of being heard to the assessee or any other person, analysis of the material furnished by the assessee or any other person, and such other functions as may be required for the purposes of imposing penalty;

      (iv) penalty review units, as it may deem necessary, to facilitate the conduct of faceless penalty proceedings, to perform the functions of review of draft penalty order, which includes checking whether the relevant material evidence has been brought on record, whether the relevant points of fact and law have been duly incorporated in the draft order, whether the issues on which penalty is to be imposed have been discussed in the draft order, whether the applicable judicial decisions have been considered and dealt with in the draft order, checking arithmetical correctness of computation of penalty, if any, and such other functions as may be required for the purposes of review, and specify their respective jurisdiction.

      (2) All communication among the penalty unit and penalty review unit or with the assessee or any other person, as the case may be, or any income-tax authority or the National Faceless Assessment Centre, with respect to the information or documents or evidence or any other details as may be necessary for the purposes of imposing penalty under this Scheme, shall be through the National Faceless Penalty Centre.

      (3) The penalty unit and the penalty review unit shall have the following authorities, namely:–

      • (a) Additional Commissioner or Additional Director or Joint Commissioner or Joint Director, as the case may be;
      • (b) Deputy Commissioner or Deputy Director or Assistant Commissioner or Assistant Director, or Income- tax Officer, as the case may be;
      • (c) such  other  income-tax  authority,  ministerial  staff,  executive  or  consultant,  as  may  be  considered necessary by the Board.

      (4) The Board for the purposes of this Scheme shall, until the date on which the National Faceless Penalty Centre or the Regional Faceless Penalty Centres, the penalty units or the penalty review units are set up, direct the National Faceless Assessment Centre, Regional Faceless Assessment Centre, assessment unit and review unit to also act as the National Faceless Penalty Centre, Regional Faceless Penalty Centre, the penalty unit and the penalty review unit, respectively.

      5. Procedure in penalty.–– (1) The penalty in a case referred to in paragraph 3 shall be levied under this Scheme as per the following procedure, namely:

      (i) where any income-tax authority or the National Faceless Assessment Centre has, in a case,—

      (a) initiated penalty proceedings and issued a show-cause notice for imposition of penalty; or

      (b) recommended initiation of penalty proceedings, it shall refer such case, in the form specified in clause (viii) of paragraph 12, to the National Faceless Penalty Centre;

      (ii) the National Faceless Penalty Centre shall in a case, where reference has been received as per clause (i), assign such case to a specific penalty unit in any one of the Regional Faceless Penalty Centres through an automated allocation system;  ....................... Click here read more.

      Source: http://egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2021/224356.pdf

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