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 Notification No.17/2021 CENTRAL BOARD OF INDIRECT TAXES AND CUSTOMS
 
 
 

Faceless Assessment (1st Amendment) Scheme, 2021
February, 19th 2021

MINISTRY OF FINANCE

(Department of Revenue)

(CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 17th February, 2021

S.O. 741(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3A) of section 143 of the
Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Government hereby makes the following further
amendments in the Faceless Assessment Scheme, 2019, namely: —

1. Short title and commencement.––(1) The Scheme may be called the Faceless Assessment
(1stAmendment) Scheme, 2021.

(2) It shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Faceless Assessment Scheme, 2019 (hereinafter referred to as the said Scheme), in sub-
paragraph (1) of paragraph 2, —

(i) in clause (x) for the words ―e-mail account‖, the words ―registered e-mail account‖ shall be
substituted;

(ii) afterclause (xii), the following clause shall be inserted, namely:—

‗(xiia) ―Dispute Resolution Panel‖ shall have the same meaning as assigned to in clause (a) of
sub-section (15) of section 144C of the Act;‘

(iii) after clause (xv), the following clause shall be inserted, namely: —

‗(xva) ―eligible assessee‖ shall have the same meaning as assigned to in clause (b) of sub-
section (15) of section 144C of the Act;‘

(iv) in clause (xxiv), for the words ―video telephony‖, the words ―video conferencing or video
telephony‖ shall be substituted.

(2) In the said Scheme,forsub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 5, the following sub-paragraph shall be
substituted, namely,—

―(1) The assessment under this Scheme shall be made as per the following procedure, namely:—

(i) theNational e-Assessment Centre shall serve a notice on the assessee under sub-section (2)
of section 143 of the Act;

(ii) the assessee may, within fifteen days from the date of receipt of notice referred to in
clause (i), file his response to the National e-Assessment Centre;

(iii) where the assessee –
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(a) has furnished his return of income under section 139 of the Actor in response to a
notice issued under sub-section (1) of 142 of the Actor sub-section (1) of section 148of
the Act, and a notice under sub-section (2) of section 143 of the Acthas been issued by
the Assessing Officer or the prescribed income-tax authority, as the case may be; or

(b) has not furnished his return of income in response to a notice issued under sub-
section (1) of section 142 of the Actby the Assessing Officer; or

(c) has not furnished his return of income under sub-section (1) of section 148 of the
Actand a notice under sub-section (1) of section 142 of the Acthas been issued by the
Assessing Officer,

The National e-Assessment Centre shall intimate the assessee that assessment in his case
shall be completed under this Scheme.

(iv) the National e-Assessment Centre shall assign the case selected for the purposes of e-
assessment under this Scheme to a specific assessment unit in any one Regional e-
Assessment Centre through an automated allocation system;

(v) where a case is assigned to the assessment unit, it may make a request to the National e-
Assessment Centre for –

(a) obtaining such further information, documents or evidence from the assessee or any
other person, as it may specify;

(b) conducting of certain enquiry or verification by verification unit; and

(c) seeking technical assistance from the technical unit;

(vi) where a request for obtaining further information, document or evidence from the
assessee or any other person has been made by the assessment unit, the National e-
Assessment Centre shall issue appropriate notice or requisition to such assessee or person,
specifying a time therein, for submittingsuch information, documents or evidence;

(vii) the assessee or any other person, as the case may be, shall file his response to the notice
referred to in clause (vi), within the time specified therein or such extended time as may be
allowed on the basis of an application in this regard, to the National e-Assessment Centre;

(viii) where a request for conducting of certain enquiry or verification by the verification unit
has been made by the assessment unit, the request shall be assigned by the National e-
Assessment Centre to a verification unit in any one Regional e-Assessment Centre through
an automated allocation system;

(ix) where a request for seeking technical assistance from the technical unit has been made
by the assessment unit, the request shall be assigned by the National e-Assessment Centre to
a technical unit in any one Regional e-Assessment Centre through an automated allocation
system;

(x) the National e-Assessment Centre shall send the report received from the verification unit
or the technical unit, based on the request referred to in clause (viii) or (ix) to the concerned
assessment unit;

(xi) where the assessee fails to comply with the notice referred to in clause (vi) or notice
issued under sub-section (1), or with a direction issued under sub-section (2A), of section 142
of the Act, the National e-Assessment Centre shall serve upon such assessee a notice under
section 144 of the Act giving him an opportunity to show-cause, on a date and time to be
specified in the notice, why the assessment in his case should not be completed to the best of
its judgment;

(xii) the assessee shall, within the time specified in the notice referred to in clause (xi) or
such time as may be extended on the basis of an application in this behalf, file his response to
the National e-Assessment Centre;

(xiii) where the assessee fails to file response to the notice referred to in clause (xi) within the
time specified therein or within the extended time, if any, the National e-Assessment Centre
shall intimate such failure to the assessment unit;
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(xiv) the assessment unit shall, after taking into account all the relevant material available on
the record make in writing, a draft assessment order or, in a case where intimation referred to
in clause (xiii) is received from the National e-Assessment Centre, make in writing, a draft
assessment order to the best of its judgment, either accepting the income or sum payable by,
or sum refundable to, the assessee as per his return or making variation to such income or
sum, and send a copy of such order to the National e-Assessment Centre;

(xv) the assessment unit shall, while making draft assessment order, provide details of the
penalty proceedings to be initiated therein, if any;

(xvi) the National e-Assessment Centre shall examine the draft assessment order in
accordance with the risk management strategy specified by the Board, including by way of
an automated examination tool, whereupon it may decide to –

(a) finalise the assessment, in case no variation prejudicial to the interest of assessee is
proposed, as per the draft assessment order and serve a copy of such order and notice
for initiating penalty proceedings, if any, to the assessee, alongwith the demand notice,
specifying the sum payable by, or refund of any amount due to, the assessee on the basis
of such assessment; or

(b) provide an opportunity to the assessee, in case any variation prejudicial to the
interest of assessee is proposed, by serving a notice calling upon him to show cause as
to why the proposed variation should not be made; or

(c) assign the draft assessment order to a review unit in any one Regional e-Assessment
Centre, through an automated allocation system, for conducting review of such order;

(xvii) the review unit shall conduct review of the draft assessment order, referred to it by the
National e-Assessment Centre, whereupon it may decide to–

(a) concur with the draft assessment order and intimate the National e-Assessment
Centre about such concurrence; or

(b) suggest such variation, as it may deem fit, in the draft assessment order and send its
suggestions to the National e-Assessment Centre;

(xviii) the National e-Assessment Centre shall, upon receiving concurrence of the review
unit, follow the procedure laid down in sub-clause (a) or sub-clause (b) of clause (xvi), as the
case may be;

(xix) the National e-Assessment Centre shall, upon receiving suggestions for variation from
the review unit, assign the case to an assessment unit, other than the assessment unit which
has prepared the draft assessment order, through an automated allocation system;

(xx) the assessment unit shall, after considering the variations suggested by the review unit,
send the final draft assessment order to the National e-Assessment Centre;

(xxi) the National e-Assessment Centre shall, upon receiving final draft assessment order
follow the procedure laid down in sub-clause (a) or sub-clause (b) of clause (xvi), as the case
may be;

(xxii) the assessee may, in a case where show-cause notice has been served upon him as per
the procedure laid down in sub-clause (b) of clause (xvi), furnish his response to the National
e-Assessment Centre on or before the date and time specified in the notice or within such
time as may be extended on the basis of an application in this behalf;

(xxiii) theNational e-Assessment Centre shall, -

(a) where no response to the show-cause noticeas per clause (xxii) is received,—

(A) in a case where the draft assessment order or the final draft assessment
order is in respect of an eligible assessee and proposes to make any variation
which is prejudicial to the interest of such assessee, forward the draft
assessment order or final draft assessment order to such assessee; or

(B) in any other case, finalise the assessment as per the draft assessment order
or the final draft assessment order and serve a copy of such order and notice for
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initiating penalty proceedings, if any, upon the assessee, alongwith the demand
notice, specifying the sum payable by, or refund of any amount due to, the
assessee on the basis of such assessment;

(b) in any other case, send the response furnished by the assessee to the assessment
unit;

(xxiv) the assessment unit shall, after taking into account the response furnished by the
assessee, as referred to in sub-clause (b) of clause (xxiii), make a revised draft assessment
order and send it to the National e-Assessment Centre;

(xxv) The National e-Assessment Centre shall, upon receiving the revised draft assessment
order, -

(a) in case the variations proposed in the revised draft assessment order are not
prejudicial to the interest of the assessee in comparison to the draft assessment order
or the final draft assessment order, and –

(A) in case the revised draft assessment order is in respect of an eligible
assessee and there is any variation prejudicial to the interest of such assessee
proposed in draft assessment order or the final draft assessment order, forward
such revised draft assessment order to such assessee;

(B) in any other case, finalise the assessment as per the revised draft assessment
order and serve a copy of such order and notice for initiating penalty
proceedings, if any, upon the assessee, alongwith the demand notice, specifying
the sum payable by, or refund of any amount due to, the assessee on the basis of
such assessment;

(b) in case the variations proposed in the revised draft assessment order are
prejudicial to the interest of the assessee in comparison to the draft assessment order
or the final draft assessment order, provide an opportunity to the assessee, by serving
a notice calling upon him to show-cause as to why the proposed variation should not
be made;

(xxvi) The procedure laid down in clauses (xxiii), (xxiv) and (xxv) shall apply mutatis
mutandis to the notice referred to in sub-clause (b) of clause (xxv);

(xxvii) where the draft assessment order or final draft assessment order or revised draft
assessment order is forwarded to the eligible assessee as per item A of sub-clause (a) of
clause (xxiii) or item A of sub-clause (a) of clause (xxv), such assessee shall, within the
period specified in sub-section (2) of section 144C of the Act, file his acceptance of the
variations to the National e-Assessment Centre;

(xxviii) theNational e-Assessment Centre shall, -

(a) uponreceipt of acceptance as per clause (xxvii); or

(b) if no objections are received from the eligible assessee within the period
specified in sub-section (2) of section 144C of the Act,

finalise the assessment within the time allowed under sub-section (4) of section 144C of the
Act and serve a copy of such order and notice for initiating penalty proceedings, if any, to the
assessee, alongwith the demand notice, specifying the sum payable by, or refund of any
amount due to, the assessee on the basis of such assessment;

(xxix) where the eligible assessee files his objections with the Dispute Resolution Panel, the
National e-Assessment Centre shall upon receipt of the directions issued by the Dispute
Resolution Panel under sub-section (5) of section 144C of the Act, forward such directions to
the concerned assessment unit;

(xxx) the assessment unit shall in conformity of the directions issued by the Dispute
Resolution panel under sub-section (5) of section 144C of the Act prepare a draft assessment
order in accordance with sub-section (13) of section 144C of the Act and send a copy of such
order to the National e-Assessment Centre;
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(xxxi) the National e-Assessment Centre shall, upon receipt of draft assessment order
referred to in clause (xxx), finalise the assessment within the time allowed under sub-section
(13) of section 144C of the Act and serve a copy of such order and notice for initiating
penalty proceedings, if any, upon the assessee, alongwith the demand notice, specifying the
sum payable by, or refund of any amount due to, the assessee on the basis of such
assessment;

(xxxii) The National e-Assessment Centre shall, after completion of assessment, transfer all
the electronic records of the case to the Assessing Officer having jurisdiction over the said
case for such action as may be required under the Act.‖

(3) In the said Scheme,in sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph (11),—

(i) in the first line, for the word ―modification‖, the word ―variation‖ shall be substituted;

(ii) in the first and third line, for the words ―draft assessment order‖, the words ― or final draft
assessment order or revised draft assessment order‖ shall be substituted.

[Notification No. 6/2021/F. No. 370149/154/2019-TPL]

ANKIT JAIN, Under Secy.

Note : The principal Scheme was published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section 3, Sub-
section (ii) vide notification number S.O. 3264(E), dated the 12th September, 2019.

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