The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has deployed two-third of its workforce to deal with the faceless assessment scheme. “Now, the National e-Assessment Centre (NeAC) which is headed by Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax has a team of 32 Commissioners, 96 Principal Commissioner, 261 Assistant and Deputy Commissioners and 1274 Income Tax Officers,” senior Income Tax officers told ANI.New ReAC centres have been set up after the Prime Minister launched the faceless assessment and taxpayer charter on August 13. ReACs have been established in Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, Ranchi, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bengaluru, Panaji, Indore, Panchkula, Shimla, Nashik, Thane, Jodhpur, Trichi, Bareily and Dehradoon after the approval of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on August 13.Faceless Assessment Scheme was inaugurated as Phase 1 on October 7, 2019, with 58,320 assigned cases. On August 13 this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the platform for transparent taxation.All cases other than those assigned to the Central charges (serious frauds, major tax evasion, sensitive and search matters, black money and benami cases) and international tax charges will be done through faceless assessment.Last year, the National e-Assessment Centre had 8 ReACs at New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune and Bengaluru. Now, Mumbai has 5 ReAC, Kolkata has 4 ReAC, Delhi has 3 and Chennai has ReAC.
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