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Income tax / computerized notices will be sent from October 1, default in CSR is no longer a crime

new Delhi. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday that from October 1, the tax authorities will send summons, notices, orders etc. through the centralized computer system. The government took this decision following complaints that it was said that some officers harassed through notice, summons.

Sitharaman said - One October i.e. Vijayadashami will be faceless scrutiny. That is, it will not happen now that an officer will go to some person and sit there and talk about notices or summons etc. Sometimes these things turn into harassment. 

Any communication will not be valid without UDIN.
Finance Minister said- the notice sent by the centralized computer system, the summon order will have a Computer Generated Unique Document Identification Number (UDIN). Any communication done without this UDIN will not be considered valid. All the old notices will be decided before 1 October. If this is not done then they will be uploaded again under the new system. Now all notices will be disposed of within three months of the reply.

Ministry will review the provisions of CSR
Finance Minister said- Keeping in view the problems of the industry, the government said on the decision that violation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rules will not be seen as a criminal offense. It will be seen only as a social responsibility. The Corporate Affairs Ministry will review the provisions of CSR under the Companies Act.

Sitharaman said that by issuing the revised order, the government will give more time to complete the projects run by the companies under CSR. The industry had expressed concern over the punitive provisions of CSR under the amended Companies Act 2013. Under the Act, companies with a fixed portfolio have to spend at least 2% of their 3-year annual profit in CSR activities.

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