Fee for delayed filing of Income Tax Return return under Section 234F of Income Tax Act, 1961 (Applicable w.e.f 01.04.2018 i.e for A.Y 2018-19)
In view of the non-intrusive information-driven approach for improving tax compliance and effective utilization of information in tax administration, it is important that the returns are filed within the due dates specified in section 139(1). Further, the reduced time limits proposed for making of assessment are also based on pre-requisite that returns are filed on time.
In order to ensure that return is filed within due date, section 234F is inserted in the Act to provide that a fee for delay in furnishing of return shall be levied for assessment year 2018-19 and onwards in a case where the return is not filed within the due dates specified for filing of return under sub-section (1) of section 139 i.e. 31st July in case of Individual/HUF/Firm (Not liable to audit) or 30th September in case of Company/Firms/Charitable Trusts (Liable to Audit).
The fee structure under section 234F is as follows:—
(i) a fee of five thousand rupees shall be payable, if the return is furnished after the due date but on or before the 31stday of December of the assessment year;
(ii) a fee of ten thousand rupees shall be payable in any other case.
However, in a case where the total income does not exceed five lakh rupees, the fee amount shall not exceed one thousand rupees.
Consequential amendment in section 140A to include that in case of delay in furnishing of return of income, alongwith the tax and interest payable, fee for delay in furnishing of return of income shall also be payable.
Consequential amendment in sub-section (1) of section 143, provided that in computation of amount payable or refund due, as the case may be, on account of processing of return under the said sub-section, the fee payable under section 234F shall also be taken into account.
Consequentially, provisions of section 271F in respect of penalty for failure to furnish return of income shall not apply in respect of assessment year 2018-19 and onwards.
These amendments will take effect from lst April, 2018 and will, accordingly apply in relation to assessment year 2018-19 and subsequent years.
It is advised to file Income Tax Return well in time i.e before 31st July or 30th September, as applicable, to avoid late fee as well as last time rush.
Republished with amendments