CBDT Issues Guidelines For Manual Selection Of Returns For Complete Scrutiny In FY 2018-19


Goverment of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Direct Taxes (ITA-II division)

North-Block, New Delhi the 20th of August, 2018


All Pr. Chief-Commissioners of Income-tax/Chief-Commissioners of Income-tax All Pr.Directors-General of Income-tax/Directors-General of Income-tax


Subject:- Guidelines for manual selection of returns for complete scrutiny during financial year 2018-19 –regd-

  1. The parameters for manual selection of return for Complete Scrutiny during the financial year 2018-19 are as under :-
  • Cases involving addition in an earlier assessment year(s) on a reccuring issue of law or facts –
  • exceeding Rs. 25 lakhs in eight metro charges at Ahmedabad,Bengaluru, Chennai,Delhi,Hyderabad,Kolkata,Mumbai and Pune, while at other charges, quantum of addition should exceed Rs.10 lakhs;
  • exceeding Rs. 10 crore in transfer pricing cases

and where such an addition-

  1. has become final as no further appeal was/has been filed; or
  2. has been confirmed at any stage of appellate process in favour of revenue and assesse has not filed further appeal; or
  3. has been confirmed at the 1st stage of appeal in favour of revenue or subsequently and further appeal of assesse is pending.
  • Cases pertaining to Survey under section 133A of the Income-tax Act, 1961

excluding those cases where books of accounts, documents etc. were not impounded and returned income (excluding any disclosure made during the survey) is not less than returned income of preceding assessment year.However,where assess has retracted from disclosure made during the survey. Such cases will not be covered by this exclusion.

  • Assessment in search and seizure cases to be made under section(s) 153A, 153C, 158B, 158BC & 158BD read with section 143(3) of the Act and also for return filed for assessment year relevant to previous year in which authourization for search and seizure was executed under section 132 or 132A of the Act.
  • Returned filed in response to notice under section148 of the Act.
  • Cases where registration/approval under various sections of the Act such at 12A,35(1)(II)(III), 10(23C) etc. have not been granted or have been cancelled/withdrawn by the Competent Authority, yet the assessee has been found to be claiming,tax-exemption/deduction in the return. However, where such orders of withdrawal of registration/approval have been reversed/set-aside in appellate proceedings,those case will not be selected under this clause.
  • Cases in respect of which information pointing out specific tax-evasion for relevant year is given by any Government Department/Authority/Agency/Regulatory body. However, before selecting a return for scrutiny under this criterion, Assessing Officer shall take priot administrative approval from concerned jurisdictional Pr.CIT/Pr.DIT/CIT/DIT.


  1. Through Computer Aided Scrutiny Selection (CASS), cases are being selected in two categories viz. Limited Scrutiny & Complete Scrutiny in a centralized manner under CASS-2018. CASS is a system based method for scrutiny selection which identifies the cases through data-analytics and three-hundred sixty degree data profiling of taxpayers and in a non-discretionery manner. The list of this cases is being/has been separately intimated by the Principal DGIT (system) to the concerned jurisdictional authorities for further necessary action.
  2. This may be brought to the notice of all concerned for necessary compliance.
  3. Hindi version to follow.

(Rohit Garg)


F.NO. 225/282/2018/ITA-II

Copy to:

  1. PS to FM/OSD to FM/PS to MaS(R)/OSD to Mas(R).
  2. PS To Secretary (Finance / Revenue).
  3. Chairman, CBDT & All Members,CBDT.
  4. All Joint Secretaries/CsIT,CBDT.
  5. ADG (PR,PP,&,DL) with request to place on Departmental Twitter Handle.
  6. D/o Pr.DGIT (Systems) with request in upload the Instruction on departmental website.
  7. Data-Base Cell for uploading on irs officers website .
  8. ITCC Dividion ,CBDT (3 copies).

(Rohit Garg)


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