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IT Department to map digital behaviour of taxpayers to create profiles

IT Department to map digital behaviour of taxpayers to create profiles

The income tax department will map the digital behaviour of taxpayers to create their profiles under faceless scrutiny assessment in electronic mode, a senior official said, as all interactions of a taxpayer with the tax authority will be logged.

Faceless assessment will be a complete shift from the earlier practice where taxpayers could sit with the assessing officer and resolve issues at one go, following a single notice of demand, and even seek adjournment for hearings over telephone calls.

“If I give you a requisition for five things, you (taxpayer) respond to one, and take adjournment to respond to the other, that’s assessee behavior that is being mapped, which in the manual days was not being mapped,” Smita Jhingran, chief commissioner of income tax at Regional e-Assessment Centre, Delhi, said on Friday at a webinar organised by industry body FICCI and Dhruva Advisors.

“A lot has changed. Now you're leaving a digital footprint of everything …,” she said in response to a question.

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