Steps to clear the pendency of processing of Paper Returns or E-returns transferred by CPC-ITR due to verification of relief claimed u/s 90/90A or 91 of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

ITBA-ITR Processing Instruction No 10

DIRECTORATE OF INCOME TAX (SYSTEM)
ARA Center, Ground Floor, E-2, Jhandewalan Extension,
New Delhi – 110055

F.No. Pr. DGIT(S)/ITBA/ITR Processing/112/16-17/

Dated: 18.02.2020

To
All Principal Chief Commissioners of Income-tax/ CCsIT
All Principal Director Generals of Income Tax / DGsIT
All Principal Commissioners of Income-tax/CsIT/CsIT(Admin & TPS)
All Principal Directors of Income Tax/DsIT

Subject: Processing of Returns filed during Financial Year 2018-19 u/s 139, in response to notice u/s 142(1) or u/s 119(2)(b) of the I. T. Act, getting time barred for processing u/s 143(1) of the I. T. Act, on 31­-03-2020Regarding.

Sir/Madam,

This is in reference to the subject mentioned above. Assessing Officers shall take following steps to clear the pendency of processing of Paper Returns or E-returns transferred by CPC-ITR due to verification of relief claimed u/s 90/90A or 91 of the I. T. Act or otherwise:

1. Valid Paper Returns: Assessing Officers must complete the data entry of all paper returns filed by eligible taxpayers and push the data for processing by CPC-ITR. For paper returns filed by non-eligible taxpayers e.g., Non-Super Senior Citizen claiming refund, these are to be invalidated by AO instead of modifying the values in Data entry forms, as ultimately these returns will be marked as defective u/s 139(9) of the I. T. Act by CPC-ITR while processing the same. Therefore, AO must ensure accuracy in digitisation of paper ITRs in ITBA.

2. E-returns for AY 2017-18 or 2018-19 transferred by CPC: Assessing Officers need to verify the e-returns transferred by CPC-ITR for verification of relief u/s 90/90A or 91 of the I. T. Act upon transfer of rights by CPC-ITR. In such cases, after taking suitable action, AO needs to submit these returns to CPC-ITR for processing.

3. Return filed in response to Notice u/s 142(1) of the I.T.Act : It is seen that more than 2 lakhs of returns are filed by taxpayers in e-filing portal. These returns are transferred by CPC-ITR to AO for the purpose of validating the returns filed in response to notice u/s 142(1) of the I.T.Act. For the purpose of validating and to avoid mistake by AO due to overlooking of facts of returns, following field is added in Return Receipt Register -› Basic Return Details Screen:

Latest compliance date for filing return u/s 142(1) of the I.T.Act allowed by AO: This field will be mandatory in addition to Notice Date where return is filed u/s 142(1) of the I.T.Act.

    •  If filing date of return u/s 142(1) of the I.T.Act is greater than the Latest Compliance Date for filing return u/s 142(1) of the I.T.Act allowed by AO then such returns will be marked as invalid on saving the return data.
    • If filing date of return u/s 142(1) of the I.T.Act is less than or equal to the Latest Compliance Date for filing return u/s 142(1) of the I.T.Act allowed by AO then such returns will be treated as valid and can be submitted by AO for processing u/s 143(1) of the I.T.Act.

Note:- All returns filed u/s 142(1) of the I.T.Act, will be marked as invalid by the system, if AO does not take any action on or before 22-02-2020. However, AO may be able to validate such returns again after entering the mandatory details as mentioned above.

4. Returns filed u/s 119(2)(b) of the I.T.Act, during financial year 2018-19: The Assessing Officer should enter the condonation details for validating such returns prior to be submitting the same to the CPC-ITR for processing.

Note:- All returns filed u/s 119(2)(b) of the I T Act, will be marked as invalid by the system, if AO does not take any action on or before 22-02-2020. However, AO may be able to validate such returns again after entering the condonation order details.

5. All Assessing Officers must note that the returns pushed for processing u/s 143(1) of the I T Act, will be subject to the following:

-Prima Facie Adjustment for Paper Returns: AO needs to issue notice in this regard and also modify the data entered to enable processing by CPC-ITR.

-Defective Paper Returns: Paper returns marked as defective by CPC-ITR needs to be either corrected for any data entry mistake or are to be marked as The AO may issue notice u/s 139(9) for this purpose.

-For e-returns the PFA notices or defective notices will be issued by CPC-ITR and taxpayers are required to respond or file return u/s 139(9) within 15 days from the date of service of notice. Once new e-return is filed then same will be transferred back to AO and he needs to re-submit the same to CPC-ITR.

-The Assessing Officer will be required to approve the refund or Demand determined by CPC-ITR in order to complete the processing and release of refund (after arrear demand adjustment u/s 245) by CPC-ITR.

-Refunds cases will be subject to Range approval or subject to 241A compliance, therefore concerned authorities, AO, Range Head and PCIT must complete their approval pendency by 28-02-2020.

6. Users are advised to contact helpdesk in case of any issues in respect of ITBA.

a. URL of helpdesk – http://itbahelpdesk.incometax.net

b. Help desk number — 0120-2811200 (new)

c. Email ID — itba.helpdesk@incometax.gov.in

d. Help desk Timings — 8.30 A.M. — 7.30 P.M. (Monday to Friday).

7. This issues with prior approval of the Pr. DGIT(Systems), Delhi.

Yours faithfully,

(Ashim Kumar Modi)
Commissioner of Income Tax (ITBA)
Directorate of Income Tax (Systems), Delhi

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