Income Tax appeals to be finalised in a faceless manner: Know the online process for taxpayers

Income Tax appeals to be finalised in a faceless manner: Know the online process for taxpayers

The Income Tax Department has launched the mechanism of Faceless Income Tax Appeals. Under Faceless Appeals, all Income Tax appeals will be finalised in a faceless manner under the faceless ecosystem with the exception of appeals relating to serious frauds, major tax evasion, sensitive & search matters, International tax and Black Money Act.
The PM on 13th August 2020 while launching the Faceless Assessment and Taxpayers’ Charter as part of “Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest” platform, had announced the launching of Faceless Appeals on 25th September 2020.

Under the Faceless Appeals, from now on, in income tax appeals, everything from e-allocation of appeal, e-communication of notice/ questionnaire, e-verification/e-enquiry to e-hearing and finally e-communication of the appellate order, the entire process of appeals will be online, dispensing with the need for any physical interface between the appellant and the Department. There will be no physical interface between the taxpayers or their counsel/s and the Income Tax Department.

The taxpayers can make submissions from the comfort of their home and save their time and resources.
“This scheme is another significant step by the Income Tax department to almost end the personal interaction between Taxpayers and tax authorities. The scheme is intended to eliminate personal bias and decide the appeals on objective evaluation and merits of the case. While the intent of the Government is undoubtedly very good in this entire initiative, implementation alongwith necessary training of the officers handling these matters will be the most important factor for success of the scheme. A lot will also depend on quality and clarity of written submissions/ details filed by taxpayers and if those are badly prepared, then chances of success in these faceless proceedings reduce substantially for the taxpayers,” says Rakesh Nangia, Chairman, Nangia Andersen India.