Requirement of using DSC removed for efiling of submissions in e-proceedings

CBDT amends Income-tax Rules, 1962 to ease authentication of electronic records submitted in faceless assessment proceedings

CBDT notifies Income Tax 14C related to Prescribed manner of authentication of an electronic record under electronic verification code under sub-clause (b) of clause (i) of sub-section (7) of section 144B (Faceless Assessment). Notification No. 101/2021-Income Tax | Dated: 6th September, 2021.

For easing the process of authentication of electronic records in faceless assessment proceedings, the Government has amended Income-tax Rules, 1962 (‘the Rules’) vide notification no G.S.R. 616(E) dated 6th September, 2021. The amended Rules provides that electronic records submitted through registered account of the taxpayers in the Income-tax Department’s portal shall be deemed to have been authenticated by the taxpayer by electronic verification code (EVC). Therefore, where a person submits an electronic record by logging into his registered account in designated portal of the Income-tax Department, it shall be deemed that the electronic record has been authenticated by EVC for the purposes of section 144B(7)(i)(b) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘the Act’).

However, under the existing provisions of section 144B(7)(i)(b) of the Act, this simplified process of authentication by EVC is not available to certain persons (such as companies, tax audit cases, etc.) and they are mandatorily required to authenticate the electronic records by digital signature. In order to provide the benefit of the simplified process of authentication by EVC to these persons, it has been decided to extend the simplified process of authentication by EVC to these persons also.  Hence, the persons who are mandatorily required to authenticate electronic records by digital signature shall be deemed to have authenticated the electronic records when they submit the record through their registered account in the Income-tax Department’s portal. Legislative amendments in this regard shall be proposed in due course.

Also Read: CORRIGENDUM to Notification No. 101/2021-Income Tax

MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Revenue)
(CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES)
New Delhi

Notification No. 101/2021-Income Tax | Dated: 6th September, 2021

G.S.R. 616(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (b) of clause (i) of sub-section (7) of section 144B read with section 295 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Board of Direct Taxes hereby makes the following rules further to amend Income-tax Rules, 1962, namely:‑

1. Short title and commencement. (1) These rules may be called the Income-tax (26th Amendment) Rules, 2021.

(2) They shall come into force from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Income-tax Rules, 1962, after rule 14B, the following rule shall be inserted, namely:-

’14C. Prescribed manner of authentication of an electronic record under electronic verification code under sub-clause (b) of clause (i) of sub-section (7) of section 144B.- .- For the purposes of sub-clause (b) of clause (i) of sub-section (7) of section 144B, where an assessee or any other person submits an electronic record by logging into his registered account in designated portal of the Income-tax Department, it shall be deemed that the electronic record has been authenticated under electronic verification code.

Explanation.- For the purposes of this rule, ―designated portal‖shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in in clause (i) of the Explanation below to section 144B‘.

[Notification No. 101/2021/F.No. 370142/35/2021-TPL (Part-I)]

SHEFALI SINGH, Under Secy., Tax Policy and Legislation

Note : The principal rules were published vide notification S.O. 969(E), dated the 26th March, 1962 and last amended vide notification GSR 612(E), dated the 02nd September, 2021.

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