Amendment in Provisions on IT authorities for the purposes Section 133A

Amendment proposed in Section 133A on Income-tax authorities for the purposes of the section, vide Clause 37 of the Finance Bill 2022 (budget 2022-23), as under:

1. Section 133A enables an income-tax authority to enter any place of business or profession or charitable activity within his jurisdiction to verify the books of account or other documents, cash, stock or other valuable article or thing, which may be useful for or relevant to any proceeding under this Act. Explanation to section 133A provides the definition of an income tax authority for the purposes of this section.

2. Through Taxation and Other Laws (Amendment and Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Act, 2020, the Explanation was amended to provide that any income-tax authority who is subordinate to the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Investigation) or the Director General of Income-tax (Investigation) or the Principal Chief Commissioner of Income-tax (TDS) or the Chief Commissioner of Income-tax (TDS), as the case may be shall only be considered as Income-tax authorities for the purposes of section 133A.

3. It is proposed to amend the Explanation to section 133A of the Act to provided that income tax authority shall be sub-ordinate to Principal Director General or Director General or Principal Chief Commissioner or Chief Commissioner, as the case may be, specified by the Board.

5. This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2022.

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