The Income Tax (IT) department has come up with an additional identification number i.e DIN for tax payers after PAN Card. DIN is Document Identification Number, it is an another identification number that income tax department has introduced for tax payers. The DIN has been introduced through the guidelines issues by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). Income tax officials will also be allotted the numbers to streamline the tax filing process. The DIN ID has been made mandatory without which no transaction would be considered as received. DIN will be required to quote on every communication for taxpayers as well as tax officials on every communication including notice, letter, filing of returns for 2010-11, order and other such correspondence.
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DIN will be generated by the IT department and the Aayakar Sampark Kendras will distribute the numbers to assessees soon. DIN is expected to bring more transparency in the filing returns and tax administration processes. DIN is expected to be useful for an error-free filing of returns and claiming refunds by the tax payers. A new Section 282B (in the Finance Act, 2010, ) was inserted for the allotment of DIN. The implementation of the new section was made effective from October 1, 2010. Any communication without the DIN would be treated as invalid and would be deemed never to have been issued. Any communication that does not include the Document identification number (DIN) will be considered invalid according to section 282b of the Income Tax Act.