In this article, we will discuss everything about the defective income tax returns.
Defective return is the return of income which is rejected by the Income Tax Department due to certain defects. After the defects being identified by the department, a notice under section 139(9) is issued to assessee.
First of all, there is nothing to worry if any assessee receives notice issued under this section. But yes, there are various other notices under Assessment procedures of Income Tax Act, 1961 which contains the matter of serious concerns.
Reasons for Defect:
The IT dept. can issue notice under this section for the following reasons:
Who can issue the notice?
Usually, this notice is issued directly by CPC, Bengaluru as this is a system generated list of defects which are identified during processing of returns but in certain cases the notice is also issued by Assessing Officer (AO).
What to do next?
The assessee is required to rectify the defects within 15 days of notice and in case he fails to do so, the return is treated as invalid.
In case assessee is unable to rectify the mistake within 15 days, then he can file an application in writing to AO for extension and if AO finds the reasons stated to be reasonable, then he may condone the delay.
How to respond to these notices? (Updated with respect to new e-filing portal)
It is as simple as filing the original return. Just follow the following steps:
Step 1: Log in to www.incometax.gov.in
Step 2: Navigate to “Pending Actions” tab and Click on “E-Proceedings”.
Step 3: Click on “View Notice” and then on the next page you can view/download the notice and can also submit the response by selecting the “Submit Response” button.
Step 4: After clicking on “Submit Response” button you will be taken to next page where you have to either “Agree” or “Disagree” with the defect.
If there is only one defect, then you can reply on the same page, otherwise click on “Provide Response” button in case of multiple defects.
Step 5: If you select “Agree”, then you have to select the “Mode of Response” that is whether you will file “Online ITR form” or will use “Offline Utility”.
But remember, the online ITR option is currently” available only for ITR 1 and 4.
Step 6: If you select the online option, then the ITR already filed with defects will get open where you can rectify the errors.
Kindly note: You cannot change the deductions claimed under chapter VI-A earlier while filing rectification. For changing the deduction details, you have to file the revised return under section 139(5).
If you select the offline utility mode option, then you have to upload the offline rectified ITR file in the given option.
Kindly Note: now the new portal accepts .json format files instead of .xml files
Step 7: Click the declaration and then Proceed to e-verify.
After following these steps, the rectification process will be completed.
Further, You can also refer to your submitted responses in future by selecting “For Your Information” tab under “e-proceedings”.
So, this is how an assessee can act on the notices issued under Section 139(9).
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