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How ITR's Automated Reconciliation Works

By Manojit Saha
February 17, 2024 10:54 IST
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The income-tax department is set to launch a screen-based automated reconciliation system for plugging mismatches between returns filed by taxpayers and information processed by the department.

In some select cases, people who did not file I-T returns (ITR) can use the automated reconciliation facility.

In the first phase, information mismatches related to financial years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 will be considered.

Sources said no notice needed to be issued for this, and the I-T department would send alerts through SMS and e-mail to taxpayers where mismatches were identified.

Taxpayers can log in to their e-filing account and access the mismatch details in the compliance portal to furnish their response to reconcile the response.

"As the process is machine-driven, about 700,000 cases will be taken up initially," said a source.

"Gradually, coverage will be increased, leveraging technology, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing."

Only unreconciled mismatches or unresponsive cases will be selected for the issue of notices.

Sources said no documents needed to be given for reconciliation. Taxpayers unable to explain the mismatches can file an updated I-T return to make good any under-declaration.

The department has started displaying the Annual Information Statement (AIS) for all registered taxpayers from October 2021.

Officials said the AIS was the main contributor to the recent spike in the number of filing of ITR and increasing the I-T collection in recent years.

The department is already in possession of information about 380 million PAN holders.

The AIS is followed up with e-verification. The e-verification scheme 2021, notified in December 2021, aims to provide a quick mismatch reconciliation process.

Mismatches are identified using data analytics and rule engines. During this financial year, 63.5 million taxpayers viewed the AIS.

Under the new provision of the I-T Act, [Section 139 (8A)], if the mismatch detected is not explainable, the taxpayers can file an updated ITR for two years with additional tax -- 25 per cent for the first year and 50 per cent for the second year.

Sources said a pilot project with a limited number of cases started in September 2022, where about 68,000 notices were issued to explain the mismatch.

"The project resulted in updating about 4,300 ITRs. About 30,000 ITRs are identified as having serious mismatches, which may be taken up for detailed examination," a source said.

In the second cycle, issuing notices began in May 2023, and about 270,000 cases have been identified for e-verification. In the first batch of about 90,000 cases, 12,000 ITRs updated their ITR.

The third cycle of e-verification will be launched in March, when about 300,000 cases may be taken up.

Easier process

  • About 700,000 cases to be taken up initially
  • Only unreconciled mismatches or unresponsive cases will be selected for issue of notices
  • The I-T department has started displaying annual information statement of all registered taxpayers from October 2021
  • AIS is followed up with e-verification
  • Third cycle for e-verification in March 2024 may take up about 300,000 cases

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