CA. Tejas K. Andharia
We all know that the Govt. has launched a new website of Income Tax E-filing.
Have you seen Form 26AS of well-known persons like Ambanis, Tatas, Deols etc?
Earlier it was not possible for all to see this, but now on new I T E-filing website it is possible for all CAs.
You might think that I am talking about RTI Act. But that answer is not totally correct, as that is the another (lengthy) way. I am talking about the fastest way which is given below:-
1. Register on https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in as a “CA”
2. Then make login
3. Click on “View 26AS” Option on the left side panel.
4. Now enter the PAN and DOB of person of whom you want to see Form 26AS and the task is over.
Now, you might think that how can we get PAN and DOB of Ambani, Tata etc?
The answer is – use the option know you PAN from the same website.
To know the PAN you need Name and DOB. And DOBs of well-known persons are always available on search engines like google etc.
In this way, you will get PAN of these persons. and now you can have Form 26AS.
But, this power is limited to CAs only. Actually, we should use this facility to view Form 26AS of “Temporary Registrants” regarding which there is not any facility to view Form 26AS until they become “Permanent Registrants”.
Editors View :- The Tip provided by the author hints to the loophole in the new website which Income Tax Department needs to look into.
FURTHER UPDATE ON 23.11.2012 :-
Impact of the Article :- May be impact of our article, Department has disabled that option suddenly for CAs regarding 26AS (it may be likely for short period of time, until some solution is found tp plug the looplhole).
Solution to the problem :– Department has given option to “ADD CA”, so one can Add CA and thereafter CA should be allowed to view that particular client’s Form 26AS. But, the Temporary Registrant has not the facility to add CA, so he must be given that facility or alternatively, “View 26AS” option should be enabled for temporary registrants also. No option is given to “Remove CA” which is very necessary.
(CA. Tejas K. Andharia -B. COM, F.C.A., D.I.S.A.(ICAI), D.I.R.M.(