The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) put into action a computer-generated Document Identification Number (DIN). This system will ensure greater transparency and accountability in tax administration and will apply to all kind of communications from the IT department, whether it is related to assessment, appeals, investigation, penalty, rectification, etc. DIN will aid taxpayers spot fake notices and letters since the notice would be verifiable on the department's e-filing portal.
According to a CBDT circular, about 17,500 communications have already been generated with DIN. "This is in pursuance of the directions by the Prime Minister in which he has asked the Department of Revenue to come up with specific measures to ensure that the honest taxpayers are not harassed and served better," it said.
Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey said, "From today, any communication from Income Tax Department without a computer-generated DIN, be it a notice, letter, order and summon or any other correspondence, would be treated as invalid and shall be non est in law or deemed to be as if it has never been issued. The DIN system would ensure greater accountability and transparency in tax administration."
"Now from today onwards, all such communications with DIN would be verifiable on the e-filing portal and no communication would be issued manually without DIN except only if it is in the specified exceptional circumstances", the Secretary added.