Prime Minister launches “Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest” platform

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News: Prime Minister has launched the platform called “Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest”.

Facts:

  • Aim: To bring transparency in income tax systems and empower taxpayers.
  • Features: The main features of the platform are faceless assessment, faceless appeal and taxpayer charter.
  • Faceless Assessment: It aims to eliminate the interface between the taxpayer and the income tax department.
    • There will be no need for the taxpayer to visit the income tax office or the officer.
    • The selection of a taxpayer is possible through systems using analytics and Artificial Intelligence.
    • The system abolishes territorial jurisdiction.A taxpayer may belong to a particular city but the assessment order, review and the finalisation will take place in different cities.
  • Faceless Appeal: Under the system, appeals will be randomly allotted to any officer in the country.The identity of the officer deciding the appeal will remain unknown.
    • The taxpayer will also not be required to visit the income tax office or the officer and the appellate decision will be team-based and reviewed.
  • Taxpayer Charter: This outlines the rights and responsibilities of both tax officers and taxpayers.