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Jul, 13th 2006
Procedure for selection of cases for Scrutiny for Non-Corporate Assessees



As per the information available the CBDT has laid down the following procedure for selection of returns/cases of Non-Corporate Assessee’s for Scrutiny during the current financial year  i.e. 2006-07.


a)                 All assessments pertaining to Search and Seizure cases.

b)                 All assessments pertaining to Surveys conducted U/s 133A of the Income Tax Act.

c)                  All returns where deduction claimed under Chapter VIA of the I.Tax Act is Rs.5 lakh or above in stations other than 60 cities on computer network.

d)                 (i)   All returns where refund claimed is Rs.5 lakh  or above in stations other than 60 cities on computer network.

(ii)  In cases of non-residents, the refund limit for selecting a case for scrutiny shall be decided by the DGIT (International Taxation)

e)                 (i)   All cases in which the CIT(Appeals) or ITAT has confirmed an addition/disallowance of Rs. 5 lakh  or above in any preceding Assessment Year and identical issue is arising in the current year.  But if the issue involves a substantial question of law, the case may be picked up for scrutiny irrespective of the quantum of tax involved.  However, if the addition has been deleted by a superior appellate authority and the Department has accepted that decision, the case need not be taken up for scrutiny.

(ii)  All cases in which an appeal is pending before the CIT(Appeal) against an addition/disallowance of Rs.5 lakh or above, or the Department has filed an appeal before the ITAT against the order of the CIT(Appeal) deleting such addition/disallowance and an identical issue is arising in the current year.  However, as in (i) above, the quantum ceiling may not be taken into account if a substantial  question of law is involved.


f)                    All returns filed by local authorities assessable to income tax.

g)                 All cases of banks and Non-banking financial institutions with deposits of Rs.5 crores and above.

h)                  Cases of universities, educational institutions, hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions for rehabilitation of patients (other than those, which are substantially financed by the Government, aggregate annual receipts (including  donations credited to the corpus/ any other fund) of which exceed Rs.10 crore in Delh, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad and Rs.5  crore in other places.  9Ref. S.10 (23C)  & Rule 2BC).

i)                    All cases where exemption is claimed under Section 11 of Income Tax Act and gross receipts (including donations credited to the corpus/any other fund) exceed Rs.10 crore in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad and Rs. 1 crore in other places.

j)                    (i)   All cases where total value of International Transactions (as defined U/s 92B of the Income Tax Act) exceed Rs.15 crore.

(ii)  In all other cases where the Transfer Pricing Audit carried out in the earlier year had led to an adjustment/addition to the total income as a result of the order passed by the TPO.


k)                  All cases of stockbrokers (including sub-brokers) were brokerage received is  disclosed at Rs.50 lakh or above and total income declared is less than 10% of such brokerage.

l)                    All cases of stock brokers (including sub-brokers) where there are claims of bad debts of Rs. 5 lakh or more.

m)               All cases of professionals with gross receipt of Rs.10 lakh or more in places other than 60 cities on computer network if total income declared is less than 20% of gross professional receipts.

n)                  All cases of deduction under Section 10A and/or  10B of the Income Tax Act with export turnover exceeding Rs. 5 crore.

o)                 All cases of  contractors whose gross contractual receipts exceed Rs. 1 crore in places other than 60  cities on computer network if total income declared is less than 5% of gross contractual receipts.

p)                 All cases of builders following Project Completion Method.

q)                 All cases in which fresh capital introduced during the year exceeds Rs. 1 crore in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and  Ahmedabad and Rs.10 lakh in other cities.

r)                   All cases in which new loans introduced during the year exceed Rs. 1 crore in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad and Rs. 10 lakh in other cities.

(s)               All cases is in which deduciton under sectin 80IA(4) , 80IAB, 80IC, 80JJA, 80JJAA, SOLA, 10(21), 10(22B), 10(23A), 10(23B) 10(23C), 10(23D), 10(23EA), 10(23FB), 10(23G),  10(37) 10A, 10AA, 10B or 10BA of the income tax act is claimed for the first time.


NOTE : if a case has been assessed earlier under scrutiny for at least two assessment years but in each of the immediately preceding two years assessed u/s 143(3) of the income tax act, total additions or disallowances made or sustained in appeal are less than Rs. 5Lach in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad and less than Rs. 1 lakh in other places, then such a case should be excluded from compulsory scrutiny under clauses (f),(g),(h), (i), (k), (l) and (m).


Provided that the above exclusion clause shall not apply in cases involving substantial question of law.


  1. In addition to above, where the CCIT/DGIT (International Taxation)/ DGIT (Exemptions), on a matter having been brought to this notice by an authority below, is satisfied that the case needs to be taken up for scrutiny, the CCIT/ DGIT(International Taxation)/ DGIT (Exemptions) for reasons to be recorded in writing, may approve the selection of the case for scrutiny.


However, selection of cases under this provision should be made keeping in view the following :-

(i)                 Total number of cases selected for scrutiny during the year does not ordinarily exceed 2% of total number of returns filed/pending during the year and

(ii)               At least 80% of all the cases picked up for scrutiny are assessed by 28.02.2007.    

  1. The CCIT/DGIT(International Taxation)/ DGIT (Exemptions) may issue suitable guidelines for reducing/increasing the number of cases selected under specific clauses of para 2, for proper management of the workload as well as to avoid large scale transfer of cases from one jurisdiction to another.
  2. All  returns filled in response to notice issued u/s 148 of income tax act shall be selected for scrutiny.
  3. In addition to above, selection of cases out of returns processed on AST will be made through a Computer Assisted Scrutiny System (CASS), Separate instructions in this regard will be issued by the DIT(Systems).
  4. Lists of cases picked up for scrutiny during each month shall be submitted by the Assessing Officer to the CIT and  Addl CIT, Range by 15th of the following month and shall also be displayed on the Notice Board and the office.

*selection of cases under these criteria {Para2(c),(d),(f),(m), &(o)} shall not be done manually in 60 cities on the computer network but through Computer Assisted Scrutiny System(CASS), for which, necessary provisions have been made in the CASS software being issued by Directorate of income tax (system).

#Selection of case under these criteria { Para 2(q) and (r) in 60 cities on the computer network would be made through Computer Assisted Scrutiny System (CASS) in respect of case where audit report u/s 44AB has been filed.  In all other cases in these cities and in all cities not on the computer network, the selection would be made manually.

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