Section 135A of Income Tax Act for AY 2023-24

Section 135A of Income Tax Act 1961 as amended by the Finance Act 2022 and Income-tax Rules, 1962. Faceless collection of information.

Amended and updated notes on section 135A of Income Tax Act 1961 as amended by the Finance Act 2022 and Income-tax Rules, 1962. Detail discussion on provisions and rules related to Faceless collection of information.

Chapter XIII (Sections 116 to 138) of the Income Tax Act 1961 deals with the provisions related to Income-tax Authorities. Section 135A of IT Act 1961-2020 provides for Faceless collection of information.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 135 (Power of Principal Director General or Director General or Principal Director or Director, Principal Chief Commissioner or Chief Commissioner or Principal Commissioner or Commissioner and Joint Commissioner) of IT Act 1961. Today, we learn the provisions of section 135A of Income-tax Act 1961. The amended provision of section 135A is effective for financial year 2022-23 relevant to the assessment year 2023-24.

In this article, you will learn detail of the provisions of section 135A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 Bare Act read with the Income-tax Rules, 1962, regulations, notifications, circulars, orders and Press Release by CBDT, Income Tax Department and the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India.

Section-135A: Faceless collection of information

Section 135A(1) of Income Tax Act

The Central Government may make a scheme, by notification in the Official Gazette, for the purposes of calling for information under section 133, collecting certain information under section 133B, or calling for information by prescribed income-tax authority under section 133C, or exercise of power to inspect register of companies under section 134, or exercise of power of Assessing Officer under section 135 so as to impart greater efficiency, transparency and accountability by—

  • (a) eliminating the interface between the income-tax authority and the assessee or any other person to the extent technologically feasible;
  • (b) optimising utilisation of the resources through economies of scale and functional specialisation;
  • (c) introducing a team-based exercise of powers, including to call for, or collect, or process, or utilise, the information, with dynamic jurisdiction.

Section 135A(2) of Income Tax Act

The Central Government may, for the purpose of giving effect to the scheme made under sub-section (1), by notification in the Official Gazette, direct that any of the provisions of this Act shall not apply or shall apply with such exceptions, modifications and adaptations as may be specified in the notification:

Provided that no direction shall be issued after the 31st day of March, 2022.

Section 135A(3) of Income Tax Act

Every notification issued under sub-section (1) and sub-section (2) shall, as soon as may be after the notification is issued, be laid before each House of Parliament.

[Section 135A was inserted w.e.f. 01.11.2020 by the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Act, 2020]


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