The Jurisdiction of the Assessing Officer i.e. his Income Tax Ward/ Income Tax Circle/ Income Tax Range No/AO Code is required to be stated while filing the Income Tax Return. Furnishing these details in the Income Tax Return is optional and not mandatory. These details are also required to be furnished while filing an application for a new PAN Card
In case you are not aware of your Income Tax Ward/ Income Tax Circle/Income Tax Range No. , you can easily check the same online through the following link on the Income tax efiling website:-
You would only be required to mention your PAN No. and based on your PAN No., the system will show you all details pertaining to the Area Code, AO Type, Range Code, AO Code, Building Name etc.
What is Income Tax Ward/Circle/Range/AO Code?
There are more than 3 Crore taxpayers in India. And to assess the returns of these taxpayers, there are many Income Tax Officers designated by the Income Tax Department. These Income Tax Officers sit in different offices across Indian and each Officer is designated a specified area and a specified category of taxpayers only. This specified category of taxpayers would fall in the jurisdiction of that specified officer only.
So the Income Tax Ward/ Circle/ Range No./AO Code is the number that has been assigned to the Income Tax Assessing Officer who would be monitoring your Income Tax Return and in case of any discrepancy, they also have the powers to scrutinise your tax returns and demand for extra payment of taxes. The income tax refund for a taxpayer is also approved by the income tax officer himself.
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