Union Budget 2018- New scheme for scrutiny assessment

Section 143 of the Act provides for the procedure for assessment. Sub-section (3) of the said section empowers the Assessing Officer to make, by an order in writing, an assessment of total income or loss of the assessee, and determine the sum payable by him or refund of any amount due to him on the basis of such assessment.

It is proposed to prescribe a new scheme for the purpose of making assessments so as to impart greater transparency and accountability, by eliminating the interface between the Assessing Officer and the assessee, optimal utilization of the resources, and introduction of team-based assessment.

Therefore, it is proposed to amend the section 143, by inserting a new sub-section (3A), after sub-section (3), enabling the Central Government to prescribe the aforementioned new scheme for scrutiny assessments, by way of notification in the Official Gazette.

It is further proposed to insert sub-section (3B) in the said section, enabling the Central Government to direct, by notification in the Official Gazette, that any of the provisions of this Act relating to assessment shall not apply, or shall apply with such exceptions, modifications and adaptations as may be specified therein. However, no such direction shall be issued after the 31st March 2020.

It is also proposed to insert sub-section (3C) in the said section, to provide that every notification issued under the sub-section (3A) and sub-section (3B), shall be laid before each House of Parliament, as soon as may be.

These amendments will take effect from 1st April, 2018.

Extract of Clause 44 of Finance Bill 2018

Clause 44 of the Bill seeks to amend section 143 of the Income-tax Act relating to assessment.

Clause (a) of sub-section (1) of the said section provides that at the time of processing of return of income made under section 139, or in response to a notice under sub-section (1) of section 142, the total income or loss shall be computed after making the adjustments specified in clauses (i) to (vi) therein.

Sub-clause (vi) of the said clause provides for adjustment in respect of addition of income appearing in Form 26AS or Form 16A or Form 16 which has not been included in computing the total income in the return.

It is proposed to insert a new proviso to the said clause so as to provide that no adjustment under sub-clause (vi) of the said clause shall be made in respect of any return furnished for the assessment year commencing on or after the 1st day of April, 2018.

It is further proposed to insert sub-sections (3A), (3B) and (3C) in the said section so as to, inter alia, provide for a scheme, by notification in the Official Gazette, for the purpose of making assessment of total income or loss of the assessee under sub-section (3).

These amendments will take effect from 1st April, 2018.

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