You may no longer need to interact with your quintessential assessment officer in person. Taking a big leap towards transparent tax administration, the income tax department on Monday rolled out faceless e-assessment scheme that eliminates physical interface between an assessing officer and an assessee.

“This is aimed at moving to faceless scrutiny and elimination of human interface,” revenue secretary AB Pandey said while inaugurating the National e-Assessment Centre (NeAC).
 
The launch of this facility also ends the relevance of geographyfree assessments on the lines of processing of returns.

“Anyone whose case is selected for scrutiny will be able to file all the documents online. Officer assessing a case will also be selected randomly,” Pandey told reporters.

The number of cases that are selected for scrutiny is based on certain criteria, including cases where there are serious discrepancies, he said. To begin with, 58,322 income tax cases will be taken up by the National e-Assessment Centre.
Pandey said the initiative, aimed at improving taxpayer’s ease and convenience, has been achieved in record time.