Procedure for sharing information under Compliance Check Functionality for Section 206AB & 206CCA of the IT Act

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The CBDT vide Notification No. 1/2021, dated June 22, 2021, issued compliance check functionality for Section 206AB and 206CCA of the Income-Tax Act, 1961(“IT Act”) to facilitate tax deductors/collectors to verify if a person is a “Specified Person” as per Section 206AB and 206CCA of the IT Act in following manner:

a. Registration: Tax Deductors and Collectors can register on the Reporting Portal by logging in to e-filling portal (http:/Iwww.incometax.gov.inI) using e-filling login credential of TAN and clicking on the link “Reporting Portal” which is available under “Pending Actions” Tab of the e-filling Portal. After being redirected to the Reporting Portal, the tax deductor/collector needs to select Compliance Check (Tax Deductor & Collector) under Form Type. The details of the principal officer also need to be provided by clicking on “Add Principal Officer” button. The principal officer is the authorized person of the tax deductor/collector to use the Compliance Check functionality on reporting portal. After submission of registration request, email notification will be shared with the Principal Officer along with ITDREIN details and login credentials.

b. Accessing the Compliance Check functionality: Principal Officers of the entities (Tax Deductors & Collectors) which are registered with the Reporting Portal through TAN shall be able to use the functionality after login into the Reporting Portal using their credentials. After successfully logging in, link to the functionality “Compliance Check for Section 206AB & 206CCA” will appear on the home page of the Reporting Portal.

c. Using “PAN Search”mode: Under the “Compliance Check for Section 206AB & 206CCA” page, “PAN Search” tab may be selected to access the functionality in PAN Search mode. In this mode single valid PAN along with captcha can be entered at a time and output will be available with following fields:

Financial Year: Current Financial Year

PAN: As provided in the input.

Name: Masked name of the Person (as per PAN).

PAN Allotment date: Date of allotment of PAN.

PAN-Aadhaar Link Status: Status of PAN-Aadhaar linking for individual PAN holders as on date. The response options are:

Linked (PAN and Aadhaar are linked),

Not Linked (PAN & Aadhaar are not linked),

Exempt (PAN is exempted from PAN-Aadhaar linking requirements as per Department of Revenue Notification No. 37/2017 dated 11th May 2017) or

Not-Applicable (PAN belongs to non-individual person).

Specified Person u/s 206AB & 206CCA: The response options are:

Yes (PAN is a specified person as per section 206AB/206CCA as on date) or

No (PAN is not a specified person as per section 206AB/206CCA as on date).

Output will also provide the date on which the “Specified Person” status as per section 206AB and 206CCA of the Income-Tax Act is determined.

d. Using “Bulk Search” mode: Under the “Compliance Check for Section 206AB & 206CCA” functionality page, “Bulk Search” tab may be selected to access the functionality in Bulk Search mode. This mode involves following steps:

i. Preparing request (Input) file containing PANs: Under the “Bulk Search” page, CSV Template to enter PANs details may be downloaded by clicking on “Download CSV template” button. PAN8 for which “Specified Person” status is required may be entered in the downloaded CSV template. The current limit in the number of PANs in a single file is 10,000.

ii. Uploading the input CSV file: Input CSV file may be uploaded by clicking on Upload CSV button. Uploaded file will start reflecting with Uploaded status.

iii. Downloading the output CSV file: After processing, CSV file containing “Specified Person” status as per section 206AB & 206CCA of the entered PANs will be available for download and “Status” will change to Available. Output CSV file will contain PAN, Masked Name, Specified Person Status as per section 206AB & 206CCA, PAN-Aadhar Link status and other details as mentioned in paragraph C) above. After downloading of the file, the status will change to Downloaded. The download link will expire, and status will change to Expired after specified time (presently 24 hours of availability of the file).

For any further assistance, Tax Deductors & Collectors can refer to Quick Reference Guide on Compliance Check for Section 206AB & 206CCA of the IT Act and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) available under “Resources” section of Reporting Portal. They can also navigate to the “Help” section of Reporting Portal for submitting query or to get a call back from Customer Care Team of Income-tax Department. Customer Care Team of Income-tax Department can also be reached by calling on its Toll Free number 1800 103 4215 for any assistance.

The Notification can be accessed at: https://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/communications/notification/notification01_2021-compliance-check-functionality.pdf

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