CBDT Launches Faceless Appeals

  • The Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT) launched the faceless income tax appeals under which all appeals will be finalised in a faceless manner barring cases of major tax evasion, serious frauds, international tax and black money act.
  • The new process will help in quick resolution of about 4.6 lakh appeals pending at various levels in the I-T department.
  • Of the total pending appeals, about 85% cases will be handled under the faceless appeal mechanism.
  • CBDT announced that all income tax appeals ranging from “e-allocation of appeal, e-communication of notice/ questionnaire, e-verification/e-enquiry to e-hearing and finally e-communication of the appellate order” including the entire appeals section will be online beginning.
  • The Faceless Appeal system includes allocation of cases through Data Analytics and AI and will remain under the dynamic jurisdiction with central issuance of notices with Document Identification Number (DIN).
  • Under this dynamic jurisdiction, the draft appellate will be prepared in one city and the reviewing of the order will be done in another city.
  • CBDT said this will result in an ‘objective, fair and just order.’
  • The announcement regarding the launch of faceless appeals on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay (25th September) was made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 13 during the launch of Faceless Assessment and Taxpayers’ Charter as part of “Transparent Taxation – Honouring the Honest” platform.