No Proposal for Faceless Assessments under the GST Act Presently: Union Minister Shri Anurag Thakur

Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, stated in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha that no proposal for scrutiny of GST assessment in a faceless mode is under consideration of the Government presently as the GST laws and rules made thereunder already provide for electronic filing and assessment of returns on the common portal. With regard to Serious Fraud Investigation Office the information is also nil.

With regard to Faceless Assessments under the Income Tax Act, he said that faceless assessments have been initiated for the purposes of making assessment of total income or loss of the assessee under section 143(3) or 144 of the Income tax Act, 1961 to impart greater efficiency, transparency and accountability by eliminating the interface between the Assessing Officer and the assessee in the course of proceedings to the extent technologically feasible, optimising utilisation of the resources through economies of scale and functional specialisation and introducing a team-based assessment with dynamic jurisdiction.

He further said that till 10th March, 2021, total of 82,072 assessment cases have been completed in faceless manner under the Income Tax Act.