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Income Tax Circular regarding use of functionality under Section 206AB and 206CCA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 21 June , 2021

Finance Act, 2021 inserted two new sections 206AB and 206CCA in the Income-tax Act 1961 (hereinafter referred to as "the Act") which takes effect from I Sl day of July, 2021. These sections mandate tax deduction (section 206AB) or tax collection (section 206CCA) at higher rate in case of certain non-filers (specified persons) with respect to tax deductions (other than under sections 192, 192A, 194B, 194BB, I 94LBC and I 94N) and tax collections. Higher rate is twice the prescribed rate or 5%, whichever is higher.

It can be seen that the tax deductor or the tax collector is required to do a due diligence of satisfying himself if the deductee or the collectee is a specified person. This can lead to extra compliance burden on such tax deductor or tax collector. To ease this compliance burden the Central Board of Direct Taxes is issuing a new functionality "Compliance Check for Sections 206AB & 206CCA". This functionality is made available through reporting portal of the Income-tax Department. The tax deductor or the collector can feed the single PAN (PAN search) or multiple PANs (bulk search) of the deductee or coIIectee and can get a response from the functionality if such deductee or collectee is a specified person. For PAN Search, response will be visible on the screen which can be downloaded in the PDF fonnant. For Bulk Search, response would be in the Conn of downloadable file which can be kept for record.

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