Change of range
Under the given circumstances, it will be advisable for taxpayers to wait for the new assessment range and not rush into filing taxes. The department has assured that the range will be updated on the site before tax payers will start filing returns for the year.
The change in the assessment range came as the department migrated the existing PAN from one range to the other. While the range will change for most of the taxpayers, some assessee might fall in the same range as earlier. The assessee will find the information under an exclusive link, "Jurisdiction", which will help them understand the change in range. An assessee will have to input their Pan card number in order to find their assessment range. On the other hand, online taxpayers will automatically have their assessment range displayed on the system while filing the taxes.
Objective behind the move
The range came following the creation of more than 20,700 posts across the I-T department. This has resulted in a major change in the existing jurisdiction of assessing officers of the department. The objective behind the wide-scale restructuring is to ensure a strong hierarchal structure so that tax officers can promptly attend to taxpayers grievances and help improve better tax collection.
The move came after Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, showed his strong disappointment for the department's inability to take corrective actions that led to harassment of assessees by the tax officials.