No.402/92/2006-MC (07 of 2011)
Government of India / Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
New Delhi dated the 14th March 2011
Streamlining procedure for scrutiny of income-tax returns
Scrutiny of income tax returns is an important mechanism for ensuring taxpayer
compliance and to counter tax-evasion. However, it has evoked some concern from small
taxpayers and senior citizens about prolonged enquiries. Concerns have also been raised about
selection of the same cases in scrutiny year after year.
Appreciating the concern of these taxpayers and with a view to mitigate their hardships,
Central Board of Direct Taxes has reviewed its scrutiny selection procedure. In order to redress
the grievance, it has been decided that during the financial year 2011-12, cases of senior citizens
and small taxpayers, filing income-tax returns in ITR-1 and ITR-2 will be subjected to scrutiny
only where the Income Tax department is in possession of credible information.
Senior citizens for this purpose would be individual taxpayers who are 60 years of age or
more. Small taxpayers would be individual and HUF taxpayers whose gross total income, before
availing deductions under Chapter VIA, does not exceed Rupees ten lakh.
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