The Income Tax department has increased the timeline for responding to income tax notices under the E-assessment Scheme, 2019. The deadline has been extended to January 10 for notices issued under Section 142(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 for individuals that have received notice up to December 24, 2019. Generally, taxpayers are mandated to respond within 15 days of receiving income tax notices.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes issued a statement that read, “With a view to provide relief to the taxpayers and tax professionals and to facilitate the compliance with respect to e-Assessment proceedings under E-assessment Scheme, 2019, the time limit for filing of response to notices under section 142(1) of the Income-tax Act issued up to 24.12.2019 by the National e-Assessment Centre is extended up to 10.01.2020 or time given in such notices, whichever is later”.
The Income Tax department has launched an e-assessment scheme in 2019 for the faceless assessment of income tax returns (ITR) which means that all income tax notices that were delivered, were issued online. Taxpayers have been asked to keep tabs on their e-filing account and e-mails to be aware of receipt of such notices.
According to the CBDT statement, taxpayers who have received a notice till December 24, 2019 can now file their response by January 10, 2020 giving them an extension from the usual 15-day timeline. However, this extension only applies to individuals that received a notice under Section 142(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 requesting for additional documents or information to file the income tax return in case it hasn’t been filed. Taxpayers are obliged to comply.
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