It is now well accepted that “tax administration is tax policy”. A tax administration designed to foster voluntarily compliance yields higher revenue than a sound tax policy administered by an inefficient tax administration. Therefore, it has always been the endeavour of the Income-tax Department to improve the standards of its service and transparency in its functioning. Therefore,
it is proposed to introduce a computer based system of allotment and quoting of Document Identification Number (DIN) in each correspondence sent or received by it so as to enable tracking of documents and minimize taxpayers grievances.
With a view to give effect to the aforesaid, it is proposed to insert a new section 282B so as to provide that every income tax authority shall allot a computer generated Document Identification Number in respect of every notice, order, letter or any correspondence issued by him to any other income-tax authority or assessee or any other person and such number shall be quoted thereon.
It is further proposed that where the notice, order, letter or any correspondence issued by any income-tax authority does not bear a Document Identification Number, such notice, order, letter or any correspondence shall be treated as invalid and shall be deemed never to have been issued.
It is also proposed to provide that every document, letter or any correspondence, received by an income-tax authority or on behalf of such authority, shall be accepted only after allotting and quoting of a computer generated Document Identification Number. It is also proposed to provide that where the document, letter or any correspondence received by any income-tax authority or on behalf of such authority does not bear Document Identification Number, such document, letter or any correspondence shall be treated as invalid and shall be deemed never to have been received.
This amendment will take effect from 1st October, 2010.
Under the existing provisions of section 282 a notice or requisition under the Act may be served on the person therein named either by post or as if it were a summons issued by a court.
It is proposed to amend the said provisions to provide that the service of notice or summon or requisition or order or any other communication may be made by delivering or transmitting a copy thereof by post or courier service or in such manner as provided in the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908) for the purposes of service of summons; or in the form of any electronic record as provided in Chapter IV of the Information Technology Act, 2000; or by any other means of transmissions as may be provided by rules made by the Board in this behalf.
It is also proposed that the Board may make rules providing for the addresses (including the address for electronic mail or electronic mail message) to which such communication may be delivered.
This amendment will take effect from 1st October, 2009.