Meaning : A belated return is a return which is not filed in prescribed time as mentioned u/s 139(1) or within the time allowed under a notice issued by the assessing officer u/s 142(1).
Time limit for filing a belated return : A belated return can be filed on or before the expiry of 1 year from the end of relevant assessment year (AY2) or before the completion of best judgement assessment whichever date is earlier.
Note 1: The date of completion of assessment is date on which assessment order was passed (signed) and not the date of service of notice of order upon the assessee (received). E.g. Date of signing of Best Judgment Assessment order is 31-12-2016 then last day of filing of belated return is 30-12-2016.
Note 2: If the return is filed after the above-mentioned period it shall be treated as invalid return.
Consequences of late filing of return