September 25, 2017

Taxpayers may verify warrants of authorisation and IT officials’ identities

Income Tax

On September 23, the government repeated that taxpayers are within their rights to verify the warrants of authorisation and confirm the identities of authorised Income Tax officials in the event of a search, survey, or verification exercise.

“The Income Tax Department in the Delhi region regularly conducts search/survey/verification exercises in case of suspected tax evaders to uncover concealment of undisclosed income/assets as per the law,” the Ministry of Finance said in a release.

“However, instances have been brought to the notice of the department wherein, certain unscrupulous elements have conducted unauthorised/illegal searches through forged identity cards claiming to be from Income Tax Department, Delhi,” the release added.

“It is reiterated that the tax payer is well within his rights to seek and inspect the warrant of authorisation, confirm the identities of authorised Income Tax Authorities mentioned on the warrant,” the release said. “The assessee can seek the telephone numbers of immediate supervisory officers of the search/survey party for the purpose of verification of genuineness.”

To confirm the identities of officials working in the Delhi region, taxpayers can call on 9013850099, in case of any doubts.

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