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866. Summary assessment scheme – Steps for accelerating pace of assessment without appearing before Income-tax Officers

1. The Board attaches very great importance to the successful implementation of the “summary assessment scheme” so that the genuine small taxpayers, who form nearly 70 per cent of the number of taxpayers borne on our registers, are not put to the avoidable inconvenience of appearing before the Income-tax Offi­cers to prove the correctness of the income returned by them. During the current year, the Board has fixed a target of 70 per cent of all assessments to be completed under the “summary as­sessment scheme” and only a small percentage of cases are select­ed on an objective and rational basis for scrutiny. The remaining cases will be completed summarily without calling the taxpayer to appear before the Income-tax Officer with his books of account, etc. With a view to bring home the advantages of this scheme to the taxpayer, a massive campaign of taxpayer education was re­cently undertaken by the Department explaining the various provi­sions of the tax laws with particular emphasis on the details and advantages of the “summary assessment scheme”. This programme of taxpayer education will be a continuing process.

2. However, the success of this scheme depends, to a large ex­tent, on the cooperation of the taxpayers and their advisers. In order to enable the Income-tax Officer to complete the assessment in a summary manner and in accordance with law, the returns of income should be correct and complete in all respects, and be accompanied by copies of trading, profits and loss accounts, balance-sheets, etc., that are required under the rules. It is also necessary that evidence in support of rebates, reliefs and tax credit, etc., claimed should accompany the returns. To remove any misgivings regarding the safety of these documents steps have been taken to streamline the procedure for receipt and registra­tion of returns in the income-tax officers and to ensure that documents accompanying the returns are properly docketed.

3. The above steps taken to accelerate the pace of assessments in a summary manner in all suitable cases may be brought to the notice of the general public.

Circular : No. 201 [F. No. 237/16/76-A & PAC-II], dated 5-7-1976


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