CA Abhijit Sawarkar
Income tax assessment is estimation for an amount assessed while paying Income Tax by assessee himself or by income tax officer. Following types of assessment are carried out under Income tax act. We will discuss each type of assessment in detailed in this article.
For making assessment under these various provisions of the act, some compliance is mandatory to assessing officer:
|Self assessment u/s 140A.||–|
|Scrutiny assessment u/s 143(3).||Section 143(2) Notice|
|Best judgment assessment u/s 144.||Show cause notice u/s 144|
|Income escaping assessment u/s 147.||Section 148 Notice|
|Assessment in case of search u/s 153A||Section 153A|
Before submitting returns assessee is supposed to find whether he is liable for any tax or interest. For this purpose this section has been introduced in Income tax act.
Where any tax is payable on the basis of any return required to be furnished under section 139 or section 142 or section 148 or section 153A, after deducting:
Then assessee shall pay tax & interest before furnishing return and proof of such payment will be accompanied with return of income.
Self assessment calculation Summary:
|Income tax + Edu. Cess +Surcharge if any||Xxx|
|Add||Interest u/s 234A, 234B, 234C||Xxx|
|Less||Advance tax Paid, if any||Xxx|
|Less||Relief under section 90, 91 & 90A||Xxx|
|Less||MAT credit under 115JAA or 115JD||Xxx|
|Amount Payable by way of Self Assessment u/s 140A||xxx|
If any amount is payable under section 140A then amount so paid shall be adjusted against interest payable first and then balance amount to be adjusted toward tax payable.
“Summary Assessment”, it is not an actual assessment. Under this section, the Return of Income filed by assessee will not be scrutinized, however whatever, is claimed by assessee in his ROI will be accepted by assessing officer after only confirming arithmetical accuracy.
1. the total income or loss shall be computed after making the following adjustments, namely:—
(i) any arithmetical error in the return; or
(ii) an incorrect claim, if such incorrect claim is apparent from any information in the return;
2 .the tax and interest, if any, shall be computed on the basis of the total income computed under clause (a);
3. the sum payable by, or the amount of refund due to, the assessee shall be determined after adjustment of the tax and interest, if any, computed under clause (b) by any tax deducted at source, any tax collected at source, any advance tax paid, any relief allowable under an agreement under section 90 or section 90A, or any relief allowable under section 91, any rebate allowable under Part A of Chapter VIII, any tax paid on self-assessment and any amount paid otherwise by way of tax or interest;
4. an intimation shall be prepared or generated and sent to the assessee specifying the sum determined to be payable by, or the amount of refund due to, the assessee under clause (c); and
5. the amount of refund due to the assessee in pursuance of the determination under clause (c) shall be granted to the assessee:
Scrutiny assessments are popularly known as regular assessment.
On the day specified in the notice of sub-section (2), or as soon afterwards as may be, after hearing such evidence and after taking into account such particulars as the assessee may produce, the Assessing Officer shall, by an order in writing, allow or reject the claim or claims specified in such notice and make an assessment determining the total income or loss accordingly, and determine the sum payable by the assessee on the basis of such assessment.
What if Analysis of Section 143(2) and 143(3)?
|What if –||Answer|
|What if assessee has not filed Return of Income?||Notice under section 143(2) can not issue therefore assessment under 143(3) not possible.|
|What if notice under section 143(2) not issued?||Assessment is Void|
|Assessment carried out after 6 month of servicing notice||Assessment is Void|
|What if, Assessing officer reduce income below returned income?||Yes AO can reduced below returned income, as per CBDT clarification|
|What if assessee claims certain deduction through letter to Assessing officer during assessment?||No request will be entertain unless return has been revised|
If any person—
(a) fails to make the return required under sub-section (1) of section 139 and has not made a return or a revised return under sub-section (4) or sub-section (5) of that section, or
(b) fails to comply with all the terms of a notice issued under sub-section (1) of section 142 or fails to comply with a direction issued under sub-section (2A) of that section], or
(c) having made a return, fails to comply with all the terms of a notice issued under sub-section (2) of section 143,
Then Assessing Officer, after taking into account all relevant material which the Assessing Officer has gathered, shall, after giving the assessee an opportunity of being heard, make the assessment of the total income or loss to the best of his judgment and determine the sum payable by the assessee on the basis of such assessment.
Provided that such opportunity shall be given by the Assessing Officer by serving a notice calling upon the assessee to show cause, on a date and time to be specified in the notice, why the assessment should not be completed to the best of his judgment :
it shall not be necessary to give such opportunity in a case where a notice under sub-section (1) of section 142 has been issued prior to the making of an assessment under this section 144.
What if Analysis of Section 144 –
|What if –||Answer|
|What if Assessing Officer has not provided opportunity of being heard by servicing notice?||Assessment is Void|
|What if Assessing Officer has not provided opportunity of being heard by servicing notice but notice under 142(1) (i) is already issued?||Assessment is Valid|
|What if, Assessing officer (AO) reduces income below returned income?||AO can not reduce income.|
|What if, assessment is done in an arbitrary manner?||Assessment is Void. Assessment should be based on material which AO collects.|
|What if, assessment carried out after 2 years of completion of assessment year||Assessment is Void|
There appears to be no provision in the Act providing for the manner in which a protective assessment has to be done. But traditionally wherever the department has been in doubt on account of a pending litigation as to how exactly an assessment had been framed against the assessee, the Assessing Officer has been making an assessment in a manner in which he thought the assessment should be done and apprehending that such assessment may be set aside in the pending litigation, he would make another assessment as per the stand of the assessee for the purpose of protecting the interest of the revenue. There is no provision anywhere in the Act stipulating that such protective assessment has also to be made along with the original assessment – Bhatia Motor Stores v. CIT  152 Taxman 89 (MP). Certain case laws based on protective assessments are Supreme Court in Lalji Haridas v. ITO, (43 ITR 387) also G. Topi Saheb vs Commissioner of Income-Tax (170 ITR 181 AP).
We will discuss Income escaping assessment u/s 147 & Assessment in case of search u/s 153A in details in second part of this article. You can send any queries on this article in comment column or mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.