NEW DELHI: In a bid to ease tax related work for citizens, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has notified the use of emails as a new mode of communication between the taxman and the taxpayers.
CBDT has launched this as part of the government’s e-initiative to reduce human interface and complaints of harassment and corruption in tax related issues.
An amendment in the Income Tax Act was required as the I-T department has launched a ‘pilot project’ of sending email queries, notices and summons to taxpayers while processing cases of scrutiny.
According to Notification 89 issued by the CBDT, the apex policy-making body of the tax department, an amendment has been made in Section 282 of the I-T Act (Service of notice) allowing for inclusion of taxpayers or tax paying entities’ email as the new mode of official communication along with the existing modes such as courier, postage or departmental dispatch.
Henceforth, the taxman can now send official communication to email address available in the income-tax return furnished by the addressee to which the communication relates or the email address available in the last income tax return furnished by the addressee.