Check the authenticity of the notice at Income Tax Portal

Check the authenticity of the notice at Income Tax Portal

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Check the authenticity of the notice at Income Tax Portal

The Income Tax Act has been amended and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has also issued a circular stating that every computerized document shall carry document identification number (DIN). It will be all the income tax notices issued by the department.
Now, the facility has been provided at the income tax portal, to check whether the income tax notice received is authentic or not. Even notices of earlier assessment years can also be checked on the new portal. This facility can be availed by entering the document identification number (DIN) and mobile number (for all assessment years) or PAN, document type, year of assessment, date of issue, mobile number (for notices/letters issued for the assessment year 2011-12.
Here is a step wise guide to check and verify the veracity of the notices issued by the income tax department:
Step 1: Login at www.incometax.gov.in (Old income tax portal www.incometaxindia.gov.in is now substituted by www.incometax.gov.in)
Step 2: On the Home page, one need to click ‘Our Services’ option
Step 3: Select ‘Authenticate’.in “Our Service” Option
Step 4: This will take you to a new webpage wherein you can have two options to authenticate the documents you received.
Step 5: Now, you can certify the document either by PAN, year of assessment, notification section, month and year of issue or by DIN. In both cases, you will need to enter your mobile number.
If the first option is selected, i.e., PAN, by assessment year, then select that option and enter the required details along with the mobile number.
In the second option, you need to enter the DIN mentioned on the notice and mobile number.
Step 6: One-time password (OTP) will be sent to your mobile number. The OTP received will only be valid for 15 minutes.
Step 7: After entering OTP, click on ‘Continue’.
Once OTP is validated and if the notice or communication done to you is authentic, it will be displayed on the website.
The message that will be displayed is:
“Yes, the notice is valid and issued by the Income Tax Authority”.
However, if the notice issued to you is not authentic, the message that will be displayed on the screen will be as under:
“No such record was found for the document number / given criteria”.
This concept of DIN & the facility of its verification has been provided so as to control the fake notices issued by the fraudster and manipulator.

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