The CBDT has issued the parameters for manual selection of returns vide F.No.225/169/2019/ITA-11 dated 05th September, 2019 by which it has laid down the procedure and criteria for compulsory manual selection of returns/cases requiring scrutiny during the financial-year 2019-2020. It is also stated that cases are also being selected under CASS-2019 (Computer Aided Scrutiny Selection) on the basis of broad based selection filters and in a non-discretionary manner in two categories of Limited Scrutiny & Complete Scrutiny.

The details are as under:

(1) Guidelines for selection of cases for Income Tax scrutiny

1. Cases involving addition in an earlier assessment years(s) on a recurring issue of law or fact of following amounts:

  • in excess of Rs. 25 lakhs in eight metro charges at Ahmedabad, Bengalurti, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune, while at other charges, quantum of such addition should exceed Rs. 10 lakhs
  • for transfer pricing cases, quantum of such addition should exceed Rs. 10 crore and where:

a) such an addition in assessment has become final as no further appeal was/has been filed; or

b) such an addition has been confirmed at any stage of appellate process in favour of revenue and assessee has not filed further appeal; or

c) such an addition has been confirmed at 1st appeal stage in favour of revenue or subsequently and further appeal of assessee is pending.

2. All assessments pertaining to Survey under section 133A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘Act’) should exclude following cases:

  • where books of accounts, documents etc. were not impounded and returned income (excluding any disclosure made during the Survey) is not less than returned income of preceding assessment year.

Further, please note that, where the assessee retracts from disclosure made during the Survey, such cases will not be covered by this exclusion.

3. Assessments in search and seizure cases to be made under section (s) 158B, 158BC, 15881), 153A & 153C read with section 143(3) of the Act and also for the returns filed for the assessment year relevant to the previous year in which authorization for search and seizure was executed u/s 132 or 132A of the Act.

4. Return filed in response to notice u/s 148 of the Act.

5. Cases where registration/approval under various sections of the Act such as 12A, 35(1)(ii)/(iii), 10(23C) etc. of the Act have not been granted or have been cancelled/withdrawn by the competent authority, yet the assessee has been claiming tax-exemption/deduction in the return. However, where such order of withdrawal of registration/approval has been reversed/set-aside in appellate proceedings, those cases will not be selected under this clause.

6. Cases in respect of which specific and verifiable information pointing out tax-evasion is given by any Government Department/Authority. However, before selecting a case for scrutiny under this criterion, Assessing Officer shall take prior administrative approval from the concerned jurisdictional Pr. CIT/Pr.DIT/CIT/DIT.

(2)  CASS (Computer Assisted Scrutiny Selection)

Cases are also being selected under CASS 2019 on the basis of broad based selection filters and in a non-discretionary manner in two categories. Limited Scrutiny and complete Scrutiny in a centralized manner.

List of such cases is being separately intimated by Pr.DGJT (system) to the jurisdictional authorities for further action in these cases.

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  1. Phani Kumar says:

    Properly approach a right chartered accountant and pay him proper fees, take advise and close the litigation. You have already Lost 5L for your own reasons. No matter spending 10K on consultancy.

  2. Rakesh samnotra says:

    Respected sir/mam
    I have received notice from IT Dept under section 143(2) of the income tax act, 1961.
    Limited scrutiny (computer Aided scrutiny selection) for the Assessment year 2016-17.
    Following issue(s) have been identified for examination.
    I. Whether the investment and income relating to securities transactions are duly Disclosed.

    In the year 2015-16 I lost approximate 5 lakh+ in share market from my savings. I didn’t gain a single rupee.
    What is the remedy of my case.

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