Introduction- The object of Tax audit under section 44AB is only to assist the Assessing Officer in computing the total income of an assessee in accordance with different provisions of the Act. Therefore,
Hence It must also be understood that the issue whether the turnover/gross receipt exceeds the prescribed limit is to be determined in each year independent of the results obtained in the preceding year or years. Section 44AB related to Tax Audit applies only if turnover/gross receipt exceeds the prescribed limit according to the accounts maintained by the assessee. It would be advisable to maintain basic records to support the turnover/gross receipt for declare audit required or not.
♠ Tax audit is applicable With Following Conditions:
♣ In the Following Conditions Tax Audit do not apply:
Audit of accounts of certain persons carrying on business or profession.
44AB. Every person,—
(a) carrying on business shall, if his total sales, turnover or gross receipts, as the case may be, in business exceed or exceeds one crore rupees in any previous year; or
(b) carrying on profession shall, if his gross receipts in profession exceed [fifty] lakh rupees in any previous year; or
(c) carrying on the business shall, if the profits and gains from the business are deemed to be the profits and gains of such person under section 44AE or section 44BB or section 44BBB, as the case may be, and he has claimed his income to be lower than the profits or gains so deemed to be the profits and gains of his business, as the case may be, in any previous year; or
(d) carrying on the [profession] shall, if the profits and gains from the [profession] are deemed to be the profits and gains of such person under section 44ADA and he has claimed such income to be lower than the profits and gains so deemed to be the profits and gains of his profession and his income exceeds the maximum amount which is not chargeable to income-tax in any previous year; or
(e) carrying on the business shall, if the provisions of sub-section (4) of section 44AD are applicable in his case and his income exceeds the maximum amount which is not chargeable to income-tax in any previous year, get his accounts of such previous year audited by an accountant before the specified date and furnish by that date the report of such audit in the prescribed form duly signed and verified by such accountant and setting forth such particulars as may be prescribed :
[Provided that this section shall not apply to the person, who declares profits and gains for the previous year in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 44AD and his total sales, turnover or gross receipts, as the case may be, in business does not exceed two crore rupees in such previous year:]
Provided [further] that this section shall not apply to the person, who derives income of the nature referred to in section 44B or section 44BBA, on and from the 1st day of April, 1985 or, as the case may be, the date on which the relevant section came into force, whichever is later :
Provided [also] that in a case where such person is required by or under any other law to get his accounts audited, it shall be sufficient compliance with the provisions of this section if such person gets the accounts of such business or profession audited under such law before the specified date and furnishes by that date the report of the audit as required under such other law and a further report by an accountant in the form prescribed under this section.
♣ Who are required to get their accounts audited?
♣ As per Guidance Note on Tax Audit Issued By ICAI the following activities have been held to be Business :
(i) Advertising agent
(ii) Clearing, forwarding and shipping agents – CIT v. Jeevanlal Lalloobhai & Co.
(iv) Insurance agent
(v) Nursing home
(vi) Stock and share broking and dealing in shares and securities – CIT v. Lallubhai Nagardas & Sons
(vii) Travel agent.
|Nature of Business||Gross Receipts/ Turnover|
|Selling Agent entitled only for commission||Commission Earned/ Receivable|
|Selling agent who is vested with the Rights of Property, risk & reward in relation to goods||Sales Price Received/Receivable|
|Consignment Agent||Commission Earned|
a) Pacca Arahtia
b) Kaccha Arahtia
Total Sales Commission Earned
|Building Contractor||Gross Receipts including value of material supplied|
|Speculation Business||Net Gain from speculation is considered as Turnover, Since “Actual delivery” of scrips or items is not made.|
|Money Lending Business||Interest Earned|
|Chit Fund Business||Commission Income, Brokerage Income, Service Charges|
|Leasing Business||Gross Receipts including Lease Rent|
|Share Brokers||Dealing on behalf of customers: Only Brokerage
Dealing on Personal Account: Sale Value
⇒ In case the person is required by or any other law to get his accounts audited
It shall be sufficient compliance with the provisions of this section i.e. such assessee is not required to get his accounts separately audited under this section subject to the following conditions
– The audit under that law must be completed before the specified date i.e. before 30th day of September of the Relevant assessment year &
– The audit report under that law & an additional tax audit report in the form (3CA/CD) prescribed under this section must be furnished by that date.
|Basis||Activity||Limit||Nature of Assessee|
|Total Income up to Basic Exemption Limit||Total Income exceeding to Basic Exemption Limit|
|Gross Reciept||Profesion||50 Lakhs||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Income/Gain||Business 44AE/BB/BBB||Lower than specified||Yes||Yes||No|
|Income/Gain||Business 44AD||Lower than 8%/6%||No||Yes||No|
|Income/Gain||Business 44ADA||Lower than 50%||No||Yes||No|
(i) Turnover Basis
a. Any Business Turnover > 1 Crore
– What if Purchase cross limit but not Sales?
It appears from the Chief CIT v. Vijay Maheshwari HUF ruling of the supreme court that it would safe for assessee to get their accounts audited under section 44AB if purchase exceeds prescribed limit although sales might not have exceeded the limit. However A mere dismissal of SLP of The Loardship Mrs. Sujata v. Manohar & D. P. Wadhwa J. J. Without assigning any reason does not mean that the High Court decision is approved on merits so as to be a judicial precedent.
ii. Profit Basis
c. If showing income below the prescribed in section 44AE/BB/BBB (Specified Business for Specified Assessee)
If 44AE/BB/BBB applicable to Assessee then the provisions of section 44AB (c) requires such an assessee to get his accounts audited if he has claimed his income to be lower than the profits or gains so deemed to be the profits and gains of his business, as the case may be, in any previous year.
d. If showing income below the prescribed in section 44ADA (Any Business for Specified Assessee) and Total Income Exceeds Basic exemption limit
e. If showing income below the prescribed in section 44AD (Any Business for Specified Assessee) and Total Income Exceeds Basic exemption limit
Resident Individual, HUF & Partnership Firm (not being Limited Liablity Partnership)
Non Eligible Business/ Profession
(A) Profession as per 44AA(1)
The following have been listed out as professions in section 44AA read with Rule 6F and other professions notified
(iii) Authorised Representative
(iv) Company Secretary
(vi) Film Artists/Actors, Cameraman, Director including an assistant director; a music director, including an assistant music director, an art director, including an assistant art director; a dance director, including an assistant dance director; Singer, Story-writer, a screen-play writer, a dialogue writer; editor, , lyricist and dress designer .
(vii) Interior Decoration
(x) Technical Consultancy
(xi) Information Technology
(A) Commission Brokerage Income
(B) Agency Business
(C) Business of 44AE
|When a person is carrying on||Turnover|
|More than one Business/Profession||The total turnover shall be clubbed together & tax audit shall be conducted if the Total Turnover exceeds 1 crores or 50 lakhs as the case may be|
|Business as well as profession||Total Gross receipts (Business & Profession) shall be checked|
♣ Multiple Business
The Aggregate ( Clubbing) sales, turnover and/or gross receipts of all Businesses ( ACIT v Dr K Satish Shetty) carried on by an assessee would be taken into consideration in determining whether the prescribed limit as laid down in section 44AB has been exceeded or not.
– Turnover is Assessee wise rather than Business wise
– Turnover of All Business Activities carried on by assessee is aggregated other than presumptive(44AD/AE/BB/BBB)
♣ Income from PGBP & other
The Language of Section 44AB is Clear. The requirement of compulsory audit is only in respect of Business carried on by the person and not in respect of his income from other sources.The audit report is required only in respect of books of account pertaining to the business.(Gai construction v. State of Maharashtra)
There may be another circumstance where an assessee has mixed of different source & Head of Income amenable to taxation and also get audit meanwhile one PAN accept only one ITR/Audit Report so separate form/Report cannot be file. Hence, The tax auditor auditing the books of account etc. relating to business covered by the provisions relating to Tax Audit should sufficiently indicate in his report ( For 3CA/CB/CD) that his audit report only relate to the business covered by the provisions relating to Tax Audit and his audit report does not relate to business/ other income head/source assessable under the normal provisions of the Act. Tax Audit – Section 44AB – Applicability, Due Date, Forms & Penalty
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