prpri Form 35 | Income Tax Appeal with CIT (A) | FAQ & Manual Form 35 | Income Tax Appeal with CIT (A) | FAQ & Manual

Q.1 What is Form 35?

If you are aggrieved by an order of an Assessing Officer (AO), you can file an appeal against the same before the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) by submitting duly filled  Form 35 online on the e-Filing portal.

Q.2 Who can use Form 35?

Any assessee / deductor  who wants to prefer an appeal against the Order of an AO can use Form 35.

Q.3 Is there a fee for filing Form 35?

Every appeal is accompanied by payment of an appeal fee which is required to be paid before filing of Form 35. The quantum of appeal fees is dependent on the total income as computed or assessed by the AO.

Q.4 What is the time period within which Appeal can be filed before CIT (A)?

The assessee has to file Appeal within 30 days from the date of service of order or demand as the case may be.

Q.5 Can an Appeal be filed after 30 days?

Income Tax Law has provided a period of 30 days for filing Appeal before CIT (A). However, in exceptional cases where assessee has reasonable cause, due to which he is not able to file Appeal within prescribed time, then CIT (A) has power to condone the delay.

Q.6 What is the fee payable at the time of filing an Appeal with CIT(A)?

Fees to be paid before filing an Appeal to the CIT (A) depends upon total income determined by the Assessing Officer. Fees as under are to be paid and proof of payment of fee is to be attached with Form:

Total Income Determined by the AO Appeal Fee
Assessed total income ₹1 Lakh or less ₹250
Assessed total income more than ₹1 Lakh but not more than ₹2 Lakhs ₹500
Appeals involving total assessed income more than ₹2 Lakhs ₹1000
Appeals involving any other matter ₹250

Q.7 Against which orders can appeals to CIT (A) be made?

Appeal can be filed before CIT(A), when an assessee is adversely affected by Orders passed by various Income tax authorities. Section 246A of the Income Tax Act lists the appealable orders. Some of the orders against which appeal can be preferred are listed below:

  • Intimation issued u/s 143(1) making adjustments to the returned income
  • Scrutiny Assessment Order u/s 143(3) or an ex-parte Assessment Order u/s 144, to object to income determined or loss assessed or tax determined or status under which assessed
  • Re-assessment Order passed after reopening the assessment u/s 147/150
  • Search Assessment Order u/s 153A or 158BC
  • Rectification Order u/s 154 /155
  • Order u/s 163 treating the taxpayer as agent of a Non-Resident etc.

1. Overview

Form 35 is available for use to any assessee / deductor aggrieved by an order of the Assessing Officer (AO). In such a case, the appeal can be filed against the order of the AO before the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) using Form 35. e-filing of Form 35 has been made mandatory for persons for whom e-Filing of return of income is mandatory. For persons for whom e-Filing of Return of Income is not mandatory, Form 35 can be filed either in electronic form or paper form. An appeal is required to be filed along with Memorandum of Appeal, statement of facts and the grounds of appeal and should be accompanied by a copy of the order appealed against and the notice of demand

2. Prerequisites for availing this service

  • Registered user on the e-Filing portal with valid user ID and password
  • Valid Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) registered on the e-Filing portal, which is not expired if the Return of Income is required by verified using DSC. In any other case, EVC

3. About the Form

3.1 Purpose

If you are not satisfied with the order passed by your AO and aggrieved with respect to any additions, disallowances, reduction of benefits, exemptions, benefit of losses, you may file an appeal with the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) using Form 35.

3.2 Who can use it?

Any assessee / deductor can use Form 35. Every appeal is accompanied by payment of an appeal fee which is required to be paid before filing of Form 35. The quantum of appeal fees is dependent on the total income as computed or assessed by the AO.

4. Form at a Glance

Form 35 has nine sections that you need to fill before submitting the form. These are:

  • Basic Information
  • Order against which Appeal is filed
  • Pending Appeal
  • Appeal details
  • Details of taxes paid
  • Statement of facts, Grounds of Appeal and additional evidence
  • Appeal filing details
  • Attachments
  • Form of Verification

Form 35 User Manual 1

4.1 Basic Information

The Basic Information page is where you can review your personal information, including PAN and contact details. Contact details are prefilled in the Form.

Form 35 User Manual 2

4.2 Order against which Appeal is filed

In the Order against which Appeal is filed page, you provide details of the Section and sub-section of the Income Tax Act and the order number.

Form 35 User Manual 3

4.3 Pending Appeal

The Pending Appeal section provides details of your pending appeal, if any, from a previous Assessment Year (AY). You have the opportunity to review the information and edit as needed.

Form 35 User Manual 4

4.4 Appeal Details

In the Appeal Details page, you can state if the appeal is relevant to assessment or penalty levied by the Income Tax Department.

Form 35 User Manual 5

4.5 Details of Taxes

The Details of Taxes paid page is where you provide details of tax you have paid for the AY.

Form 35 User Manual 6

4.6 Statement of facts, Grounds of Appeal and additional evidence

On the Statement of facts, Grounds of Appeal and additional evidence page you can provide the facts of your case in a short paragraph and on what grounds you are filing an appeal.

Statement of facts, Grounds of Appeal and additional evidence

4.7 Appeal filing details

The details of petition condonation (if there was a delay in filing the petition) and appeal fees is provided on the Appeal filing details page.

Appeal filing details

4.8 Attachments

In this section,  attach a copy of the order appealed against and the notice of demand.

In this section, attach a copy of the order appealed against and the notice of demand

4.9 Form of Verification

Form of Verification page is a declaration from the assessee filing Form 35.

Form of Verification page is a declaration from the assessee filing Form 35

5. How to Access and Submit

You can fill and submit Form 35 through the following methods:

  • Online Mode – through the e-Filing portal
  • Offline Mode – through the Offline Utility

Note: Refer to the Offline Utility (Statutory Forms) user manual to learn more.

Follow the below steps to fill and submit Form 35 through online mode.

Step 1: Log in to the e-Filing portal using your user ID and password.

Step 1 Log in to the e-Filing portal using your user ID and password

Step 2: On your Dashboard page, click e-file > Income tax forms > File Income Tax Forms.

Step 2 On your Dashboard page, click e-file Income tax forms File Income Tax Forms

Step 3: On the File Income Tax Forms page, select the Form 35. Alternatively, enter Form 35 in the search box to file the form

Step 3 On the File Income Tax Forms page, select the Form 35. Alternatively, enter Form 35 in the search box to file the form

Step 4: On the Instructions page, click Let’s Get Started.

Step 4 On the Instructions page, click Let's Get Started

Step 5:  On click of Let’s Get Started, Form 35 is displayed. Fill all the required details and click Preview.

Step 5  On click of Let's Get Started, Form 35 is displayed. Fill all the required details and click Preview

Step 6: On the Preview page, verify the details and click Proceed to e-Verify.

Step 6 On the Preview page, verify the details and click Proceed to e-Verify

Step 7: Click Yes to submit.

Step 7 Click Yes to submit

Step 8: On clicking Yes, you will be taken to the e-Verify page.

Note: Refer to the How to e-Verify to learn more.

After successful e-Verification, a success message is displayed along with a Transaction ID and Acknowledgement Receipt Number. Please keep note of the Transaction ID and Acknowledgement Receipt Number for future reference. An email confirming successful submission of your form is sent to the email ID and mobile number registered with the e-Filing portal.

Step 8 On clicking Yes, you will be taken to the e-Verify page

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11 Comments

  1. ALOSHY K ABRAHAM says:

    warning
    Error : Please enter DIN as Section selected by you at Field 2(a) is other than ‘195’ and Date of Order is on or after 01st October, 2019

    How to fix this error??

  2. PRAKASHLAL BHATIA says:

    when i am filling details in Order against which Appeal is filed, DIN required to fill and in your screens order number showing, when i am putting DIN from assessment order, they are showing error that :
    warning
    Error : Please enter DIN as Section selected by you at Field 2(a) is other than ‘195’ and Date of Order is on or after 01st October, 2019

    there is also no full space to fill entire DIN, AND BSR CODE NOT captured 0 please help.

  3. Viji says:

    I am also facing the same issue… and also some other issues
    1. BSR code – starting with Zero eg. 0035625 – zero not accepted then error showing – 7 digits required
    2. Copy and paste grounds from word to website not saved… so many times i tried and finally saved.
    3. I want to know how to give documentary evidences details in website – that page not explained in your articles – please help to solve this issue – you can can send mail personally…
    Thank you in advance

  4. Manisha says:

    When i am filling details in Order against which Appeal is filed, DIN required to fill and in your screens order number showing, when i am putting DIN from assessment order, they are showing error that :
    warning
    Error : Please enter DIN as Section selected by you at Field 2(a) is other than ‘195’ and Date of Order is on or after 01st October, 2019

    there is also no full space to fill entire DIN, please help.

  5. Rajiv Kumar says:

    when i am filling details in Order against which Appeal is filed, DIN required to fill and in your screens order number showing, when i am putting DIN from assessment order, they are showing error that :
    warning
    Error : Please enter DIN as Section selected by you at Field 2(a) is other than ‘195’ and Date of Order is on or after 01st October, 2019

    there is also no full space to fill entire DIN, AND BSR CODE NOT captured 0 please help.

  6. S.K.P says:

    Hi,
    While filing form 35 I’m facing the same DIN as raised in other request. Kindly provide an alternative or guide through the resolution for same.
    Thank You

  7. Heeralal Agarwal says:

    when i am filling details in Order against which Appeal is filed, DIN required to fill and in your screens order number showing, when i am putting DIN from assessment order, they are showing error that :
    warning
    Error : Please enter DIN as Section selected by you at Field 2(a) is other than ‘195’ and Date of Order is on or after 01st October, 2019

    there is also no full space to fill entire DIN, please help.

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