Hi I am Preetham. May I know, What is Income Tax Authority in India?
(i) Administrative [ Income Tax Authorities ][ Sec. 116 ]
(a) the Central Board of Direct Taxes constituted under the Central Boards of Revenue Act, 1963 (54 of 1963),
(b) Directors-General of Income-tax or Chief Commissioners of Income-tax,
(c) Directors of Income-tax or Commissioners of Income-tax or Commissioners of Income-tax (Appeals),
(cc) Additional Directors of Income-tax or Additional Commissioners of Income-tax or Additional Commissioners of Income-tax (Appeals),
(cca) Joint Directors of Income-tax or Joint Commissioners of Income-tax.
(d) Deputy Directors of Income-tax or Deputy Commissioners of Income-tax or Deputy Commissioners of Income-tax (Appeals),
(e) Assistant Directors of Income-tax or Assistant Commissioners of Income-tax,
(f) Income-tax Officers,
(g) Tax Recovery Officers,
(h) Inspectors of Income-tax.
"Assessing Officer" means the Assistant Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner or Assistant Director or Deputy Director or the Income-tax Officer who is vested with the relevant jurisdiction by virtue of directions or orders issued under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) of section 120 or any other provision of this Act, and the Joint Commissioner or Joint Director who is directed under clause (b) of sub-section (4) of that section to exercise or perform all or any of the powers and functions conferred on, or assigned to, an Assessing Officer under this Act;
Importance of Assessing Officer :
In the organizational setup of the income tax department Assessing Officer plays a very vital role. He is the primary authority who initiates he proceedings and is directly connected with the public. Form the time of filing of return till the assessement is completed he plays a pivotal role . He can start proceedings for non filing of return, imposition of penalties etc. Orders passed by him can be challenged only on approval. The department can revise his orders only if it is proved that there are prejudicial to the revenue and that too only by the Commissioner of Income Tax.
(1) Power of Central Government : The Central Government may appoint such persons as it thinks fit to be income-tax authorities. It kept with itself the powers to appoint authorities upto and above rank of an Assistant Commissioner of Income-Tax [ Sec. 117 (1) ]
(2) Power of the Board and Other Higher Authorities : Subject to the rules and orders of the Central Government regulating the conditions of service of persons in public services and posts, the Central Government may authorize the Board, or a Director-General, a Chief Commissioner or a Director or a Commissioner to appoint income-tax authorities below the rank of an Assistant Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner. [ Sec. 117 (2) ]