8 CBDT guidelines for Manual selection of Return for complete Scrutiny

Written by Sravan

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CBDT Issued certain parameters for manual selection of returns for Complete Scrutiny during financial year 2019-20 are as under.-

  1. Cases involving addition in an earlier assessment year(s) on a recurring issue of law or fact:-

    . Exceeding Rs. 25 lakhs in 8 metro charges at

    – Ahmedabad,
    – Bengaluru,
    – Chennai,
    – Delhi,
    – Hyderabad,
    – Kolkata,
    – Mumbai and
    – Pune
    while at other charges, quantum of addition should exceed Rs. 10 lakhs;

    . Exceeding Rs. 10 crore in transfer pricing cases.

    and where such an addition:-
    1. has become final as no further appeal has been filed against the assessment order; or
    2. has been confirmed at any stage of appellate process in favor of revenue and assessee has not filed further appeal; or
    3. has been confirmed at the 1st stage of appeal in favor of revenue or subsequently; even if further appeal of assessee is pending, against such order.

  2. Cases pertaining to Survey under section 133A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘Act’) excluding those cases
    – Where books of accounts, documents, etc. were not impounded and returned income (excluding
    any disclosure made during the Survey) is not less than returned income of preceding assessment year.
    However, where assessee has retracted from disclosure made during the Survey, such cases will be
    considered for scrutiny.

  3. Assessments in search and seizure cases to be made under section(s) 153A, 153C, 158BA, 158BC & 158BD read with section 143(3) of the Act and also for return filed for assessment year relevant to
    previous year in which authorization for search and seizure was executed under section 132 or 132A of
    the Act.

  4. Cases where registration/approval under various sections of the Act such as 12A, 35(1)(ii)/(iia)/(iii), 10(23C), etc. have not been granted or have been cancelled/withdrawn by the Competent Authority, yet the assessee has been found to be claiming tax-exemption/deduction in the return.
    However, where such orders of withdrawal of registration/approval have been reversed/set-aside
    in appellate proceedings, those cases will not be selected under this clause.

  5. Cases in respect of which specific information pointing out tax-evasion for the relevant year is given by any law enforcement/intelligence/regulatory authority or agency.

    However, before selecting a
    return for scrutiny under this criterion, Assessing Officer shall take prior administrative approval from
    jurisdictional Pro CIT/Pr.DIT/CIT/DIT concerned .

    Read: Penalty for Late filing of return – Sec 234F

  6. Through Computer Aided Scrutiny Selection (CASS), cases are being selected in two categories viz.
    Limited Scrutiny & Complete Scrutiny in a centralized manner under CASS-2019. CASS is a system-based method for scrutiny selection which identifies the cases through data-analytics and three-hundred sixty degree data profiling of taxpayers and in a non-discretionary manner.
    The list of these cases is being/has
    been separately intimated by the PrinCipal DGIT(Systems) to the Jurisdictional authorities concerned for
    further necessary action . In respect of cases selected under CASS cycle 2019, the following guidelines are
    specified .

  7. Cases where returns are selected for scrutiny through CASS but are not verified by the assessee within the specified period of e-filing and such returns remain unverified before the due date for issue of
    notice u/s 143(2), should be reopened by issue of notice under section 148 of the Act.

  8. Cases selected for ‘Limited Scrutiny‘ but credible specific information has been/is received from any law-enforcement/intelligence/regulatory authority or agency regarding tax-evasion in such cases, then only issue(s) arising from such information can be examined during the course of conduct of
    assessment proceedings in such ‘Limited Scrutiny’ cases, with prior administrative approval of the Pr.CIT/CIT concerned as per the procedure laid down in Board’s letter dated 28.11.2018 issued vide

    In such ‘ limited Scrutiny’ cases, Assessing Officer shall not expand the scope of
    enquiry/investigation beyond the issue(s) on which the case was flagged for ‘Limited Scrutiny’ and the
    issue(s) arising from the information received from the above referred agency or authority

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Author is a Qualified CMA with rich industry experience for more than 6 years. He is an All India Ranker (AIR-101) in CMA and also a Semi-Qualified Chartered Accountant having a quite good experience in teaching the subjects of Accounting and Costing to the commerce aspirants.

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