Scrutiny on the basis of AIR should be limited to AIR transactions only

F.No.225/26/2006-ITA.II (Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
New Delhi, dated the 8th September, 2010
All Chief Commissioners of Income Tax
All Directors General of Income Tax


Subject: Selection of cases for scrutiny on the basis of data in AIR returns and subsequent assessment proceedings-regarding.

Reference is invited to Board’s letter of even number dated 23rd May, 2007 regarding scope of enquiry in the scrutiny cases selected only on the basis of information received through the AIR returns.

2. The above mentioned guidelines have been reconsidered by the Board and it has been decided that the scrutiny of such cases would be limited only to the aspects of information received through AIR. However, a case may be taken up for wider scrutiny with the approval of the administrative Commissioner, where it is felt that apart from the AIR information there is a potential escapement of income more than Rs. 10 Lacs.

3. It has also been decided that in all the cases which are picked for scrutiny only on the basis of AIR information, the notice u/s 143(2) of Income Tax Act 1961 should clearly be stamped with “AIR Case”.
This should be immediately brought to the notice of all the officers working in your region.

Yours faithfully,
(Ajay Goyal)
Director (ITA.II)
Download copy of official press release duly stamped and signed

also see here article on the above issue


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