Income-tax dept. has directed all the Assessing Officers (AOs) to use revised format for issue of notice under section 142(1)(ii) & (iii) for the cases in e-assessment proceedings.
The concept of electronic assessment proceeding was introduced last year and its scope was gradually enlarged. The e-assessment proceeding is now facilitated through e-filing portal. The CBDT Instruction No. 01/2018, dated 12-02-2018 has mandated that except for search related assessments and exceptional circumstance mentioned therein all other pending scrutiny assessment cases shall be conducted only through the ‘E-Proceedings’ functionality in ITBA/E-filing.
To facilitate conduct of e-assessment proceedings, the CBDT vide F.No. 225/157/2017/ITA-II dated 23-06-2017 had issued revised format of notices under section 143(2) of the Act so that the language of notices are in accordance with requirement of electronic proceedings and the same have already been provided in the system. It may be mentioned that specifically the need to produce documents and to be present in person has been done away with except as provided in the aforementioned Instruction.
However, notice u/s 142(1) was not amended in conformity with e-assessment procedures and old format has been continued. To correct this inconsistency, the format of notice u/s 142(1)(ii)&(iii) has been revised and the same is enclosed in the notification.