What does an Assessing Officer do?
An Income Tax Assessing Officer computes and processes your tax liability. She is also the first point of contact between you and the tax authority for any disputes or grievances. She has the power to ask for bookkeeping records, accounts etc. in order to verify income tax returns of a taxpayer.
What determines an Income Tax Officer’s jurisdiction?
Tax offices in a state are divided into areas, ranges, circles and then wards. An Assessing Officer is attached to a particular ward.
For the purposes of jurisdiction, the tax payer’s registered address as recorded in her PAN, determines where and who her AO will be.
Why do I need to know the jurisdiction of my AO?
The jurisdiction of an Assessing Officer becomes important in case there is a dispute or grievance with your income tax return. Communicating with this tax official is far easier and more convenient when done online. All notices, intimations, orders and other correspondence have easy online methods for resolution when you have e-filed your income declarations instead of having done it manually.
However, you can make applications for a pertinent tax matter directly to your AO.
For the Financial Year 2017-18, e-filing is compulsory where your annual income exceeds Rupees 500,000 or where you are seeking a refund of income tax or you are below 80 years of age and you cross the minimum threshold of income tax rate exemption.
There is also a penalty of up to Rupees 10,000 for failing to file your ITR from this Assessment year.
How Do I find my Jurisdictional Assessing Officer?
- To begin, go to the official income tax login portal.
- Under the Quick Links Section to the left, click on “Know your PAN/ TAN/ AO”. Make sure you click on “AO” only.
- Enter your PAN and mobile number to receive a One-Time Password. Click on Submit.
- Enter the password and click on Submit again.
- You will now see your Area Code, AO Type, Range Code, AO number, jurisdiction and the name of the building in which the AO’s office is located.
Can I inform my AO about a change in address?
When you change your address of residence you should apply to the Income Tax Department for updating this information. You can either write to your AO or you can update your address as registered with your PAN card. This may require other proof, like an updated AADHAAR card or other identification.
You must submit this application to the currently applicable jurisdictional tax officer.
You can update your PAN address by visiting the tin-nsdl portal after paying the requisite fee. In this case, you choose the option that says, “Request for New PAN Card Or/ And Changes Or Correction in PAN Data (PAN Change Request Form)”. Remember to note down the 15 digit acknowledgment number at the end of the netbanking transaction. It usually takes 15 days to receive a response and have the address change request processed.
Changes automatically get reflected in the IT Department database.
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