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F.No: DGIT(S)-3/AST/Processing of CASS Cases/101/2016-17/2
Subject: Pendency of processing u/s 143(1) for ITR paper and E-filed Returns-regarding
Reference may be made to the letter on the subject above in F.No: DGIT(S)-3/AST/Processing of CASS Cases/101/2016-17/2 Date: 07.02.2018, wherein it was requested that Assessing Officers may be directed to complete processing u/s 143(1) for all Time barring Paper and E-filed returns expeditiously, wherever applicable.
2. As on 22nd Feb 2018, 2.03 Lakh paper ITRs and 0.49 Lakh E-filed ITRs are still pending for data entry/data validation. The details of processing completed and pending are given in annexure.
3. Assessing officers can check the pendency of AY 2016-17 ITR processing (paper as well as e-filed) by log in into ITBA Portal at the following path:
ITR-> Return Receipt Register –> View RRR Entries –> Enter AY, click Advanced Search and select Processing status as “Pending for Data entry” and click Search.
4. It is clarified that processing u/s 143(1) of cases under scrutiny is the discretion of the Assessing Officer. It is also seen that Assessing Officers are submitting paper ITRs with refund claims even in non-Super Senior citizen cases. They may be directed to strictly adhere to Rule 12 and treat such cases as defective/invalid.
5. In order to provide sufficient time for the entire process, Assessing Officers may be instructed to initiate processing in all pending cases, if applicable, through ITBA on or before rd March 2018 and complete expeditiously without waiting till the last moment.
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