Faceless Penalty (Amendment) Scheme, 2022 – Notified by CBDT

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Faceless Penalty (Amendment) Scheme, 2022
Faceless Penalty (Amendment) Scheme, 2022

Faceless Penalty (Amendment) Scheme, 2022

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has notified the Faceless Penalty (Amendment) Scheme, 2022 dated 27.05.2022 via Notification No. 54/2022 .

MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Revenue)
(CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES)
NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 27th May, 2022
(INCOME-TAX)

Faceless Penalty (Amendment) Scheme, 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

(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 non-imposition 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.

(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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