New Delhi : To check corruption and harassment, the tax department will soon launch a pilot of “jurisdiction-free assessment” where a tax officer will not get to know identity of the assessee as allotment of cases will be done randomly by computers.

 The success of the pilot, to be first carried out in New Delhi and Mumbai, will determine if the plan has to be expanded all over the country, a senior revenue department official said. The country is divided into 18 tax zones. Taxpayers are assessed by the officers of the region they are based in. Under the new system, the assessment zones will be demolished and a special computer software will allocate a taxpayer to any officer anywhere in the country, he said.

 The identities of the taxpayer and his assessing officer will be hidden in a bid to check corruption and harassment assessees face at the hands of officers.

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