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CBDT issues Order on Power to Survey with Investigation Wing and TDS directorate

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CBDT issues Order on Power to Survey with Investigation Wing and TDS directorate: CBDT vide its Order dated 13.08.2020 issued under section 119 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 has directed officers in Directorates of Investigation (Investigation Wing) & Commissionerates of TDS, only & exclusively shall act as (Income Tax Authority) for the purposes of power of survey u/s 133A of the Income Tax Act, 1961. 


The competent authority for approval of such survey action u/s 133A of the Act shall henceforth be DGIT (Inv) for investigation wing and Pr. CCIT/CCIT (TDS) for TDS charges, as the case may be.


After this Order, the power to survey u/s 133A has been shifted to Directorates of Investigation (Investigation Wing) & Commissionerates of TDS. Prior to this Order, the jurisdictional Assessing Officers were exercising the survey u/s 133A with the prior approval of the Joint Commissioner of the Range.


This is one more step towards rationalising the income tax provisions after the introduction of the Faceless Assessment Scheme. This Order is issued on the day when Prime Minister launches platform for Transparent Taxation - Honouring the Honest.


In another Order, CBDT has stated that any assessment order which is not in conformity of this Order shall be treated as non-est and shall be deemed to have never been passed.


Read the full text of the Order dated 13.08.2020 by the CBDT issued u/s 119



F No. 187/3/2020-ITA-I

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

(Central Board of Direct Taxes)

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North Block, New Delhi — 110001.

Dated the 13th August, 2020


ORDER


Subject: Order under section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961


With the launch of the Faceless Assessment Scheme, 2019, the Income-tax Department is moving towards minimal interface with the taxpayers, aiming at significant improvement in delivery of services and greater transparency in the working of the department.


The survey action u/s 133A of the Act being an intrusive action, it is expected that the same should be carried out with utmost responsibility and accountability. 


2. In furtherance of the above, the Central Board of Direct Taxes, in exercise of powers under section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 {hereinafter referred to as the Act) hereby directs that the officers posted in Directorates of Investigation (Investigation Wing) and Commissionerates of TDS, only and exclusively shall act as “Income- tax Authority” for the purposes of power of survey under section 133A of the Income-tax Act.


3. The competent authority for approval of such survey action u/s133A of the Act shall henceforth be DGIT (Inv) for investigation wing and Pr.CCIT/CCIT (TDS) for TDS charges, as the case may be.


4. This order shall come into force with effect from the 13th day of August, 2020.


5. The Hindi version of this order shall follow. 


(Prajna Paramita)

Director to the Government of India


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