Section 151A of Income Tax Act for AY 2023-24

Faceless assessment of income escaping assessment. Section 151A of Income Tax Act 1961 amended by Finance Act 2022 and Income-tax Rules.

Amended and updated notes on section 151A 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 assessment of income escaping assessment.

Chapter XIV (Sections 139 to 158) of the Income Tax Act 1961 deals with the provisions related to procedure for assessment. Section 151A of IT Act 1961 provides for faceless assessment of income escaping assessment.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 151 (Sanction for issue of notice) of IT Act 1961. Today, we learn the provisions of section 151A of Income-tax Act 1961. The amended provision of section 151A 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 151A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 Bare Act read with the Income-tax Rules, 1962 as provided by Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India.

Section 151A was inserted w.e.f. 01.11.2020 by the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Act, 2020. Recommended:

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Section-151A: Faceless assessment of income escaping assessment

Section 151A(1) of Income Tax Act

The Central Government may make a scheme, by notification in the Official Gazette, for the purposes of assessment, reassessment or re-computation under section 147 or issuance of notice under section 148 or sanction for issue of such notice under section 151, 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 assessment, reassessment, re-computation or issuance or sanction of notice with dynamic jurisdiction.

Section 151A(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 151A(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.


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