Worried about that income tax notice? You’re not alone. There are many reasons why you get an income tax notice. This could be not filing ITR in time, errors in calculation, you have not reported all income or you have claimed excessive losses.
You could get an income tax notice under Section 139(9), Section 143(1), Section 143(2), Section 143(3), Section 245, 144, 147 or 148 of the Income Tax Act. However, most income tax notices are routine. If you have no hidden income and filed ITR in time, there are absolutely no worries.
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1. Routine Notices:
You have finished filing income tax returns. You get a notice-cum-intimation under Section 143(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. This is a routine notice which says the ITR has been processed successfully.
However, some routine notices are not routine. The Tax Department might ask for a clarification on arithmetical errors, mismatch of income declared in ITR (Discrepancies vis-à-vis Form 26AS). This happens when there’s a mismatch between tax paid or tax refund claimed vis-a-vis TDS. (Tax Deducted at Source). You get a notice even if the PAN details are incorrect.
2. Scrutiny Notices:
Scrutiny notices are for regular assessment and reassessment, verification or limited scrutiny. You could get notices under Section 142(1) and Section 143(2) asking for details or information on the tax return.
What if the notice is for assessment and reassessment? Then there’s a detailed scrutiny. These notices come with a questionnaire seeking information on a particular asset, income or transaction. You must give details of the assets mentioned in the income tax notice like when it was purchased, cost of the asset, source of funds and so on.
3. Show cause notice:
You get a show cause notice under Section 148 of the IT Department, if you don’t reveal all sources of income with the intention to escape tax. You could get this notice within 4 years from the end of the assessment year, if the escaped amounts are up to Rs 1 Lakh. The notice would be sent by the tax department within 6 years if the escaped amounts are more than Rs 1 Lakh. You get this notice if any asset is located outside India, and is chargeable to tax, but you have concealed it.
4. Prosecution Notices:
The tax department could send you a notice under Section 143(2), if you don’t file returns even after getting a notice under Section 142(1). This could also be for some other offences. The tax department has also issued prosecution notices to taxpayers who have not filed ITR within the prescribed deadline.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that taxmen who harass honest taxpayers will be punished. Tax notices will soon carry a document identification number or DIN. DIN is not just for new cases but also for pending cases.
5. Notices for income and assets outside India:
The IT Department is chasing benami property and black money. The tax department would send you a notice regarding any foreign assets. These are the notices which are issued by the Intelligence and Criminal Investigation Division of Income Tax Department seeking documentary evidence on sources of income and assets located outside India.
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