Emails to taxpayers not a harassment: CBDT

Emails to taxpayers not a harassment: CBDT

Income Tax Department on Tuesday said e-mails sent to assessees to seek clarification on refund should not be construed as harassment.

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex policy making body for personal income tax and corporate tax, has said that computer-generated emails have been sent to almost 1.72 lakh assessees. These include all classes of taxpayers – from individuals to HUF to firms, big or small companies including start-up. This means no one has been singled out, it said.

These emails are auto-generated under section 245 of the I-T Act in refund cases where there is any outstanding demand payable by the assessee. In case the outstanding demand has already been paid by the taxpayer or it has been stayed by the higher tax authorities, the taxpayers are requested through these mails to provide the status update so that while issuing the refund, these amounts are not held back and their refunds are released forthwith.