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Notice u/s 143(1) – Intimation

Notice u/s 143(1) Intimation from Income Tax Department is a computer – generated notice which contains the final amount of tax payable or refund to be granted, along with interest is issued to you. The intimation u/s 143(1) shows side by side comparison of:
(a) Tax Calculation as provided by the you in the Return of Income.
(b) Tax as Computed under section 143(1) {i.e. As per Department}

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Notice u/s 139(9) – Defective Income Tax Return

A tax return is termed defective if it has not been filed with all the necessary information or documents as required under law. If your return is found defective, then I-T department will send you a defective return notice under section 139(9) of the Income Tax Act. You will get 15 days of time from the date of receiving the notice to rectify the defect in your return.
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Notice u/s 142(1) – Inquiry Notice Before Assessment

Section 142(1) tax notice is the notice that is usually served, in a case where the return has been filed, to call for further details and documents from the assessee and to take a particular case under assessment. This notice can also be sent to require him to file his return where he has not yet furnished it. This notice is issued when information is missing from the taxpayer’s end.
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Notice u/s 143(2) for Scrutiny u/s 143(3)

To initiate a scrutiny assessment, the concerned Income Tax officer must first issue an income tax notice u/s 143(2). In the income tax notice u/s 143(2), the tax officer would request the taxpayer to appear in person and/or produce information and documents which the tax officer ascertains to be important for determining the taxable income and tax payable.
Scrutiny assessment under section 143(3) is a detailed assessment of an income tax return filed by a taxpayer. In a scrutiny assessment, a tax officer would perform various tests and processes to confirm the correctness and genuineness of various claims, deductions, etc., made by the taxpayer in the income tax return. The objective of a scrutiny assessment is to ensure that the taxpayer has not understated the income or has not computed excessive loss or has not underpaid the tax in any manner.
Income tax notice under section 143(2) should be served within a period of six months from the end of the financial year in which the return is filed. The taxpayer or his/her authorised representative can appear before the Assessing Officer and will place his arguments, supporting evidence, etc., on various matters/issues as required by the Assessing Officer.

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Notice u/s 156 – Demand Notice

You receive Notice for Demand u/s 156 when the Assessing Officer (A.O.) raises demand for any tax, interest, penalty, fine or other sum to be payable by you as a result of any order passed under the Income Tax Act.
Notice for sum payable u/s 143(1), 200A (1), 206CB (1) shall be deemed to be Notice of Demand u/s 156.
The amount payable by you under this notice shall be paid within 30 days of receipt of the notice. However, the A.O. in some cases, with prior approval from Joint Commissioner of Income Tax (JCIT) can ask you to deposit amount in less than 30 days.
Section 156 tax notice is the notice of demand issued by the Income Tax Department when any tax, interest, penalty, fine or any other sum is payable in consequence of any order passed. The section 156 tax notice of demand will specify the sum which is payable.
This demand notice is generally accompanied by an intimation notice under section 143(1) or along with the assessment order that is issued on completion of the scrutiny proceedings. Notice of Demand u/s 156 is issued in respect of every assessment order for addition to income.
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Notice u/s 245 – Intimation to set off Demand and Refunds

This intimation is received when you have a tax demand pending from the IT Department and when you have claimed a refund from them in some other Assessment Year. Notice u/s 245 of the Income Tax Act empowers the Assessing Officer to adjust refund (or a part of refund) against any tax demand, which is outstanding from the taxpayer. In simple words, the IT Department wants to adjust your refund due to you against a demand due from you. This demand may pertain to an earlier assessment year.
Your return has been processed at CPC and the same has resulted in refund. The refund so determined is liable to be adjusted against the outstanding demand.
Notice u/s 245 informs you of such demands against which your refund would be adjusted within 30 days from date of the Notice u/s 245.
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Income Tax Notice Frequently Asked Question

  • What is income tax notice 148?
  • Notice under section 148 can be issued if income in relation to any asset (including financial interest in any entity) located outside India, is chargeable to tax in India but has escaped assessment. For AY ending 2017 -18 notice under section 148 can be issued until 31st March 2034.
  • What is demand notice in income tax?
  • There are multiple reason why income tax notice are issues, some are Income tax return not filed., Mistakes / Discrepancies in the Income tax return filed by you, Mismatch in TDS figures in the Income tax return filed by you and what is available in Form 26AS records of Income tax department, Any financial transaction done by Assessee which is in the knowledge of Income Tax Department but is missing in the Income tax return filed by the assessee.
  • What is a tax notice?
  • A tax notice is a letter from the Income Tax Department that alerts a taxpayer about an issue with their account or tax return. A tax notice can be sent to you for many reasons. The tax department may be informing you about a correction on a return, a balance due, or an overpaid tax.
  • What happens if I don’t respond to the notice within 30 days?
  • Time limit to respond: If tax is due, you will have to pay it within 30 days. If there is no discrepancy in the returns, you don’t have to do anything. If a refund is due, it will be transferred to the bank account mentioned in the return. If tax is due, you will have to pay it within 30 days.
  • Can I check your filed income tax returns online?
  • Go the ‘View Returns / Forms‘ option, select income tax returns and assessment year from the drop down menu and submit. On submitting status will be displayed on the screen showing if the ITR is only verified or if it has been processed.
  • How many types of Income Tax Notice we may get?
  • Below are the 9 types of Income tax notices: Income Tax Intimation under section 143(1), 143(1)(a), 139(9), Section 154, Section 245, Section 142(1), Section 148, Section 156, Section 143(2)
  • How to do income tax notice reply?
  • If you received the Income Tax notice on mail, then you can reply to it online. Log in to the Income Tax e-Filing website and go to the Compliance section and locate the notice. You can respond with one of the following replies available: Return is filed.
  • What is notice u/s 143(2) of Income Tax act?
  • Notice u/s 143(2) is issued to you by the Income Tax Department when your Income Tax Return is selected for scrutiny assessment or detailed assessment u/s 143(3). The income tax department wants the taxpayer who has received this notice to furnish evidence regarding their transactions in the derivatives market. When you get a notice under Section 143(2), it means that your income tax return has been selected for detailed scrutiny by your assessing officer.
  • What is income tax notice 143 (1)?
  • Intimation under section 143(1) is sent to a taxpayer only in case any tax or interest is found payable or refundable or there is any increase / reduction in loss. The intimation would contain the details of return filed by you and the computation as done by the income tax department.
  • What is income tax notice 142 (1)?
  • Income tax notice u/s 142(1) is sent to people to understand the reason why you have not filed the return or if you have filed and need to explain or furnish additional details.
  • What is income tax notice 139 (9)?
  • Common cases where defective return notice is received under section 139(9), A defective return notice is generally sent to the assessee, if he fails to furnish some necessary information or documents with the tax return due to which an Assessing Officer cannot verify tax filers income and deduction claims.
  • How do I respond to income tax notice us 143 (1)?
  • To respond to an income tax notice under Section 143(1), follow the steps below: Step 1: Login to your account on the Income Tax Department E-Filing website. Step 2: Click on the E-Proceedings tab and select E-Assessment / Proceedings. Step 3: Select Prima Facie Adjustment u/s 143(1)(a).
  • How do I respond to an online tax notice?
  • If you received the I-T notice on mail, then you can reply to it online. Log in to the Income Tax e-Filing website and go to the Compliance section and locate the notice. You can respond with one of the following replies available.
  • What should you do if you receive an Income Tax Notice?
  • A notice from the Income Tax department can be stressful, especially because many of us do not understand what it entails or what needs to be done in response. You can consult a CA for this help in drafting the proper income tax notice reply letter. 3 important points to remember. Reply on time – Always reply on time
  • How do I check my pending TDS?
  • To check the status of TDS using the PAN card, one needs to follow the steps mentioned below:
    • Visit
    • Key-in the verification code
    • Click on ‘Proceed’
    • Enter the PAN and TAN
    • Select the financial year as well as the quarter and the type of return
    • Click on ‘Go’
    • The details will be displayed on the corresponding screen
  • How can I check my tax demand status?
  • To view Refund/ Demand Status, please follow the below steps:
    1. Login to e-Filing website with User ID, Password, Date of Birth / Date of Incorporation and Captcha.
    2. Go to My Account and click on “Refund/Demand Status“.
    3. Below details would be displayed. Assessment Year. Status. Reason (For Refund Failure if any)

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