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Manual Income Tax Scrutiny Criteria for FY 2019-20

Manual Income Tax Scrutiny Criteria for FY 2019-20



Manual Income Tax Scrutiny Criteria for FY 2019-20


Manual selection and complete scrutiny will cover cases of taxpayers (both individual and corporate) where I-T officials have, in the course of an earlier assessment, made additions in excess of Rs 10 lakh to the income declared by a taxpayer for a ‘recurring issue of law or fact’. For the four metros and Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune, this threshold is higher at Rs 25 lakh. For transfer pricing cases, the threshold is addition of Rs 10 crore in earlier assessment.

I-T returns (ITRs) filed by such charitable trusts (including several schools and hospitals)  will be manually selected and will be subject to a complete scrutiny, states an instruction note for the current financial year 2019-20, issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)


While the I-T Act does not define what is ‘recurring question of law or fact’, illustrations include additions to income owing to denial of certain recurring expenses or exemption claims. Other cases that will fall within the ambit of manual selection and complete scrutiny are those where an I-T survey, search or seizure was carried out.


Read the complete CBDT Guidelines for manual selection of returns for Complete Scrutiny during the financial-year 2019-20-regarding.-

  1. The parameters for manual selection of returns for Complete Scrutiny during financial year 2019- 20 are as under.-
  • Cases involving addition in an earlier assessment year(s) on a recurring issue of law or fact:-
  1. exceeding Rs. 25 lakhs in eight metro charges at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune while at other charges, quantum of addition should exceed Rs. 10 lakhs;
  2. exceeding Rs. 10 crore in transfer pricing cases.

and where such an addition:-

  1. has become final as no further appeal has been filed against the assessment order; or
  2. has been confirmed at any stage of appellate process in favor of revenue and assessee has not filed further appeal; or
  3. has been confirmed at the 1* stage of appeal in favor of revenue or subsequently; even if further appeal of assessee is pending, against such order.
  • Cases pertaining to Survey under section 133A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘Act’) excluding those cases where books of accounts, documents, etc. were not impounded and returned income (excluding any disclosure made during the Survey) is not less than returned income of preceding assessment year. However, where assessee has retracted from disclosure made during the Survey, such cases will be considered for scrutiny.


  • Assessments in search and seizure cases to be made under section(s) 153A, 153C, 158BA, 158BC & 158BD read with section 143(3) of the Act and also for return filed for assessment year relevant to previous year in which authorization for search and seizure was executed under section 132 or 132A of the Act.


(iv) Cases where registration/approval under various sections ofthe Act such as12A, 35(1)(ii)/(iia)/(iii), 10(23C), etc. have not been granted or have been cancelled/withdrawn by the Competent Authority, yet the assessee has been found to be claiming tax-exemption/deduction in the return. However, where such orders of withdrawal of registration/approval have been reversed/set-aside in appellate proceedings, those cases will not be selected under this clause.


  • Cases in respect of which specific information pointing out tax-evasion for the relevant year is given by any law-enforcement/intelligence/regulatory authority or agency. However, before selecting a return for scrutiny under this criterion, Assessing Officer shall take prior administrative approval from jurisdictional Pr. CIT/Pr.DIT/CIT/DIT concerned.



  1. Through Computer Aided Scrutiny Selection (CASS), cases are being selected in two categories viz. Limited Scrutiny & Complete Scrutiny in a centralized manner under CASS-2019. CASS is a system-based method for scrutiny selection which identifies the cases through data-analytics and three-hundred sixty- degree data profiling of taxpayers and in a non-discretionary manner. The list of these cases is being/has been separately intimated by the Principal DGIT(Systems) to the Jurisdictional authorities concerned for further necessary action. In respect of cases selected under CASS cycle 2019, the following guidelines are specified.


  • Cases where returns are selected for scrutiny through CASS but are not verified by the assessee within the specified period of e-filing and such returns remain unverified before the due date for issue of notice u/s 143(2), should be reopened by issue of notice under section 148 of the Act.


  • Cases selected for ‘Limited Scrutiny’ but credible specific information has been/is received from any law-enforcement/intelligence/regulatory authority or agency regarding tax-evasion in such cases, then only issue(s) arising from such information can be examined during the course of conduct of assessment proceedings in such ‘Limited Scrutiny’ cases, with prior administrative approval of the Pr. CIT/CIT concerned as per the procedure laid down in Board’s letter dated 28.11.2018 issued vide F.No.225/402/2018/ITA-II. In such ‘limited Scrutiny’ cases, Assessing Officer shall not expand the scope of enquiry/investigation beyond the issue(s) on which the case was flagged for ‘Limited Scrutiny’ and the issue(s) arising from the information received from the above referred agency or authority.


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