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[Notification No. 49/2022/F.No.370142/6/2022-TPL] [Notification No. 85/2022/F. No. 300196/17/2022-ITA-I]

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MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Revenue)
(CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES)
NOTIFICATION
(INCOME-TAX)


New Delhi, the 27th May, 2022

S.O. 2425(E).— In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2A) of section 274 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Government hereby makes the following Scheme to amend the Faceless Penalty Scheme, 2021, namely:__

  1. Short title and commencement.––(1) This Scheme may be called the Faceless Penalty (Amendment)
    Scheme, 2022.
    (2) It shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.
  2. In the Faceless Penalty Scheme, 2021,––
    (i) in paragraph 4,––
    (A) in sub-paragraph (1),––
    (I) in clause (i), the words ―and vest it with the jurisdiction to impose penalty in accordance with
    the provisions of this Scheme‖ shall be omitted;
    (II) clause (ii) shall be omitted;
    (III) in clause (iii), for the words ―as may be required for the purposes of imposing penalty‖, the
    words ―as may be required for the purposes of imposing penalty and the term ―penalty unit‖,
    wherever used in this Scheme, shall refer to an Assessing Officer having powers so assigned by the
    Board‖ shall be substituted;
    (IV) in clause (iv), for the words ―and such other functions as may be required for the purposes of
    review, and specify their respective jurisdiction‖, the words ―and such other functions as may be
    required for the purposes of review and the term ―penalty review unit‖, wherever used in this
    Scheme, shall refer to an Assessing Officer having powers so assigned by the Board‖ shall be
    substituted;
    (B) in sub-paragraph (4), the words ―the Regional Faceless Penalty Centres,‖, ―Regional Faceless
    Assessment Centre,‖ and ―Regional Faceless Penalty Centre,‖ shall be omitted;
    (ii) in paragraph 5, in sub-paragraph (1),––
    (A) in clause (ii), the words ―in any one of the Regional Faceless Penalty Centres‖ shall be omitted;
    (B) for the clauses (xv) to (xxii), the following clauses shall be substituted, namely:––
    ―(xv) the penalty unit shall, after considering the material on record including response furnished, if
    any, as referred to in clauses (viii), (x) and (xii) or report, if any, as referred to in clause (xiv),
    propose for,––
    (a) imposition of the penalty and prepare a penalty imposition proposal for imposition of
    such penalty;
    (b) non-imposition of the penalty, for reasons to be recorded in writing,
    and send the penalty imposition proposal or reasons, as the case may be, to the National Faceless
    Penalty Centre;
    (xvi) the National Faceless Penalty Centre, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Board,
    may,––
    (a) in a case where imposition of penalty has been proposed, convey to the penalty unit to
    pass the penalty order as per penalty imposition proposal referred to in sub-clause (a)
    of clause (xv); or
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    (b) in a case where non-imposition of penalty has been proposed, convey to the penalty
    unit to drop the penalty proceedings under intimation to the assessee or any other
    person, as the case may be; or
    (c) assign the case to a penalty review unit through an automated allocation system, for
    conducting review of such proposal or reasons, as the case may be;
    (xvii) the penalty unit shall, in the case referred to in sub-clause (a) of clause (xvi), pass the order
    imposing penalty and serve the same on the assessee through the National Faceless Penalty Centre;
    (xviii) the penalty unit shall, in the case referred to in sub-clause (b) of clause (xvi), drop the
    penalty proceedings and send the intimation to the assessee through the National Faceless Penalty
    Centre;
    (xix) the penalty review unit shall review the penalty imposition proposal or reasons for nonimposition of penalty, as referred to in sub-clause (c) of clause (xvi), whereupon it may concur
    with, or suggest modification to, such proposal or reasons, as the case may be, and prepare a review
    report and send such report to the National Faceless Penalty Centre;
    (xx) the National Faceless Penalty Centre shall, upon receiving the review report under clause
    (xix), forward the same to the penalty unit which had proposed the penalty imposition proposal or
    reasons for non-imposition of penalty, as the case may be;
    (xxi) the penalty unit shall, after considering such review report, accept or reject some or all of the
    modifications proposed therein and after recording reasons in case of rejection of such
    modifications, pass the order imposing penalty or drop the penalty proceedings, as the case may be,
    and serve the order imposing penalty or intimation for dropping penalty proceedings, as the case
    may be, on the assessee through the National Faceless Penalty Centre;
    (xxii) where an order imposing penalty or intimation for dropping penalty, as the case may be, has
    been passed, the penalty unit shall send a copy of such order, or intimation for dropping penalty to
    the income-tax authority, referred to in clause (i), through the National Faceless Penalty Centre, for
    further action as may be required under the Act.‖;
    (iii) paragraph 6 shall be omitted;
    (iv) in paragraph 8,-
    (A) for the brackets, figures and words ―(i) For the purposes of the Scheme‖, the words ―For the
    purposes of the Scheme‖ shall be substituted;
    (B) in clause (b), the words ―Regional Faceless Penalty Centres,‖ shall be omitted;
    (v) for paragraph 9, the following paragraph shall be substituted, namely:––
    ―9. Authentication of electronic record.–– For the purposes of this Scheme, an electronic record
    shall be authenticated by,––
    (i) the National Faceless Penalty Centre by way of an electronic communication;
    (ii) the penalty unit or the penalty review unit or technical unit or verification unit, as the case may
    be, by affixing digital signature;
    (iii) assessee or any other person, by affixing his digital signature or under electronic verification
    code, or by logging into his registered account in the designated portal.
    Explanation. – For the purpose of this paragraph, ―electronic verification code‖ shall have the same
    meaning assigned to it in the Explanation to sub-rule (3) of rule 12 of the Rules.‖;
    (vi) in paragraph 11,––
    (A) in sub-paragraph (1), the words ―or Regional Faceless Penalty Centre‖ shall be omitted;
    (B) for sub-paragraphs (3) and (4), the following paragraphs shall be substituted, namely:––
    ―(3) Where the request for personal hearing has been received, the income-tax authority of relevant
    unit shall allow such hearing, through National Faceless Penalty Centre.
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    (4) Hearing referred to in sub-paragraph (3) shall be conducted exclusively through video
    conferencing or video telephony, including use of any telecommunication application software
    which supports video conferencing or video telephony, to the extent technologically feasible, in
    accordance with the procedure laid down by the Board.‖;
    (vii) in paragraph 12,––
    (A) the words ―the Regional Faceless Penalty Centre,‖ shall be omitted;
    (B) the clause (ix), shall be omitted.
    [Notification No. 54/2022/F. No. 370142/51/2020-TPL(Part III)]
    SHEFALI SINGH, Under Secy. Tax Policy and Legislation
    Note : Principal Scheme was published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Subsection (ii) vide number S.O. 117(E) dated the 12th January, 2021.

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