Vide Instruction No. 01/2022 Dated 11th May 2022, the CBDT has issued instructions to implement Supreme Court judgement in the case of Union of India vs Ashish Agarwal.
Procedure required to be followed by the Jurisdictional Assessing Officer/ Assessing Officer, in compliance with the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, is as under:
- The extended reassessment notices are deemed to be show cause notices under clause (b) of section 148A of the Act in accordance with the judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court. Therefore, all requirement of new law prior to that show cause notice shall be deemed to have been complied with.
- The Assessing Officer shall exclude cases as per clarification in paragraph 7.1 above.
- Within 30 days i.e. by 2nd June 2022, the Assessing Officer shall provide to the assessees, in remaining cases, the information and material relied upon for issuance of extended reassessment notices.
- The assessee has two weeks to reply as to why a notice under section 148 of the Act should not be issued, on the basis of information which suggests that income chargeable to tax has escaped assessment in his case for the relevant assessment year. The time period of two weeks shall be counted from the date of last communication of information and material by the Assessing Officer to the assessee.
- In view of the observation of Hon’ble Supreme Court that all the defences of the new law are available to the assessee, if assessee makes a request by making an application that more time be given to him to file reply to the show cause notice, then such a request shall be considered by the Assessing Officer on merit and time may be extended by the Assessing Officer as provided in clause (b) of new section 148A of the Act.
- After receiving the reply, the Assessing Officer shall decide on the basis of material available on record including reply of the assessee. whether or not it is a fit case to issue a notice under section 148 of the Act. The Assessing Officer is required to pass an order under clause (d) of section 148A of the Act to that effect, with the prior approval of the specified authority of the new law. This order is required to be passed within one month from the end of the month in which the reply is received by him from the assessee. In case no such reply is furnished by the assessee, then the order is required to be passed within one month from the end of the month in which time or extended time allowed to furnish a reply expires. .
- If it is a fit case to issue a notice under section 148 of the Act, the Assessing Officer shall serve on the assessee a notice under section 148 after obtaining the approval of the specified authority under section 151 of the new law. The copy of the order passed under clause (d) of section 148A of the Act shall also be served with the notice u/s 148.
- If it is not a fit case to issue a notice under section 148 of the Act, the order passed under clause (d) of section 148A to that effect shall be served on the assessee.
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