Section 147

Assessments under Income-Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax - Every taxpayer has to furnish the details of his income to the Income-tax Department. These details are to be furnished by filing up his return of income. Once the return of income is filed up by the taxpayer, the next step is the processing of the return of income by the Income Tax Department. ...

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Disclosing Reason to Believe

Income Tax - ‘Reason to believe’ is a mysterious term. Nobody knows what is reason to believe, or how to judicially determine the issue. As a matter of practice, it is generally not disclosed by the revenue. This article is an effort to understand the provisions related to “reason to believe” and legal lacuna therein. Examination of th...

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Income Tax Assessment Procedure

Income Tax - Assessment Procedure under Income Tax  Act, 1961 Assessment in income tax is estimation of total income and tax thereon either by assessee himself or by income tax officer. Assessment is broadly covered in following types: (1) Self-assessment u/s 140A Every assessee before filing income tax return under various sections viz. 139, 142(1),...

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FAQs on Assessments under the Income-tax Law

Income Tax - Every taxpayer has to furnish the details of his income to the Income-tax Department. These details are to be furnished by filing his return of income. Once the return of income is filed by the taxpayer...

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Time Limits for Issuance of Notices, Orders under Different Sections of Income Tax Act, 1961

Income Tax - Income Tax Act, 1961 contains different time limits for issuance of notice, filing of application, completion of assessments, passing of penalty order under several sections. Hence, for the ease of reference for professionals and students ...

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Notices for assessment/reassessment of income of old cases

Income Tax - Under the provisions of Income-tax Act, 1961, notices for assessment/reassessment of income of old cases of more than six years from the end of the relevant assessment year can be issued only in the following exceptional situations: i. Under clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 149 of the Act, in cases where income in […]...

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No Reopening of Assessment to be made on Audit Objections: Committee Recommends

Income Tax - One of the key sources of dispute is the existing arrangement for follow up on audit objections by Internal Audit Party and the Revenue Audit Party. In terms of the existing arrangement, the Assessing Officer is required to take corrective steps following audit objections. The corrective measures take the form of rectification or reassess...

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SC issues notice to Amitabh Bachchan

Income Tax - NOTICE TO AB Sr. The Supreme Court has issued a notice to Mr. Amitabh Bachchan regarding his case for A.Y. 02-03 on a petition from the revenue. On 13th October, 2002, Mr. Bachchan filed his return for the year stating his income to be Rs. 14.99 crore, later on 31st March, 2003, he filed a […]...

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Government shouldn’t reopen old tax assessment cases -Assocham

Income Tax - ASSOCHAM wants correction as FM begins pre-budget consultations Showing a grave concern over the fact that notices for reopening of assessments by the tax authorities are being issued in thousands in recent times, ASSOCHAM today said returns should not be re-opened beyond three years. As Finance Minister P Chidambaram has started his pre-...

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ITAT – Anguish over ITAT deciding case on a casual, offhanded and cavalier manner – Delhi HC

Income Tax - The High Court noted with anguish that even at the second appellate stage the matters are being dealt with in such a casual manner. The High Court stated that it did not expect the Tribunal, which the highest fact-finding authority in matters relatin...

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S. 147 AO cannot proceed mechanically & on erroneous information supplied to him by investigation wing

Akshar Builders and Developers Vs ACIT (Bombay High Court) - Akshar Builders and Developers Vs ACIT (Bombay High Court)  Even in a case where the return filed by the assessee is accepted without scrutiny, as per the settled law, the Assessing Officer can issue a notice of reopening of assessment provided he has reason to believe that income chargeable to tax...

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Assessee cannot be blamed for non-disclosure if AO had such info during assessment proceeding

Rajbhushan Omprakash Dixit Vs DCIT (Bombay High Court) - Once the Department i.e. the Assessing Officer had certain information, material, or document before him during the assessment proceeding, irrespective of the source of such information, material, or document, the Assessee cannot be blamed for non-disclosure thereof....

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S.147 Basic condition of ‘reason to believe’ applies even to s.143(1) intimations

Ankita A. Choksey Vs ITO (Bombay High Court) - Ankita A. Choksey Vs ITO (Bombay High Court) Even in cases where the return of income has been accepted by processing under Section 143(1) of the Act, re-opening of an assessment can only be done when the Assessing Officer has reason to believe that income chargeable to tax has escaped assessment. T...

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Reassessment for Change of opinion not objected during Assessment- HC dismisses writ petition

M/s. Hanon Automotive Systems India Private Limited Vs DCIT (Madras High Court) - Firstly, we may observe that the learned Single Judge was absolutely right in holding that the Assessee, having not raised an objection before the Assessing Authority to the re-opening of the assessment under Section 147/148 of the Act, should be deemed to have acquiesced to the same. Nothing preven...

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Reassessment by sending section 148 notice to old address of assessee is invalid

Veena Devi Karnani Vs Income Tax officer (Delhi High Court) - Veena Devi Karnani Vs ITO (Delhi High Court) Rule 127(2) clearly states that the addresses to which a notice or summons or requisition or order or any other communication may be delivered or transmitted shall be either available in the PAN database of the assessee or the address available in the inc...

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No Reopening for mere increase in Turnover due to demonetisation

Circular No. 40/2016-Income Tax - (09/12/2016) - Mere increase in turnover, because of use of digital means of payment or otherwise , in a particular year cannot be a sole reason to believe that income has escaped assessment in earlier years....

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S. 147 AO cannot proceed mechanically & on erroneous information supplied to him by investigation wing

Akshar Builders and Developers Vs ACIT (Bombay High Court)

Akshar Builders and Developers Vs ACIT (Bombay High Court)  Even in a case where the return filed by the assessee is accepted without scrutiny, as per the settled law, the Assessing Officer can issue a notice of reopening of assessment provided he has reason to believe that income chargeable to tax has escaped assessment. The […]...

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Assessee cannot be blamed for non-disclosure if AO had such info during assessment proceeding

Rajbhushan Omprakash Dixit Vs DCIT (Bombay High Court)

Once the Department i.e. the Assessing Officer had certain information, material, or document before him during the assessment proceeding, irrespective of the source of such information, material, or document, the Assessee cannot be blamed for non-disclosure thereof....

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S.147 Basic condition of ‘reason to believe’ applies even to s.143(1) intimations

Ankita A. Choksey Vs ITO (Bombay High Court)

Ankita A. Choksey Vs ITO (Bombay High Court) Even in cases where the return of income has been accepted by processing under Section 143(1) of the Act, re-opening of an assessment can only be done when the Assessing Officer has reason to believe that income chargeable to tax has escaped assessment. The mere fact that […]...

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Reassessment for Change of opinion not objected during Assessment- HC dismisses writ petition

M/s. Hanon Automotive Systems India Private Limited Vs DCIT (Madras High Court)

Firstly, we may observe that the learned Single Judge was absolutely right in holding that the Assessee, having not raised an objection before the Assessing Authority to the re-opening of the assessment under Section 147/148 of the Act, should be deemed to have acquiesced to the same. Nothing prevented the Assessee from raising the objec...

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Reassessment by sending section 148 notice to old address of assessee is invalid

Veena Devi Karnani Vs Income Tax officer (Delhi High Court)

Veena Devi Karnani Vs ITO (Delhi High Court) Rule 127(2) clearly states that the addresses to which a notice or summons or requisition or order or any other communication may be delivered or transmitted shall be either available in the PAN database of the assessee or the address available in the income tax return to […]...

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Reassessment not valid if Notice under section 143(2) not issued

Pr. CIT Vs Kamla Devi Sharma (Rajasthan High Court)

The issue of notice under section 143(2) in reassessment proceedings, prior to finalizing re-assessment order, cannot be condoned by referring to section 292BB and it was fatal to the order of reassessment....

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Reason to believe that Income has escaped Assessment applies even in case of non-filing of return

Mohanlal Champalal Jain Vs ITO (Bombay High Court)

Mohanlal Champalal Jain Vs ITO (Bombay High Court) Assessing Officer has proceeded on wrong premise that even when called upon to state why the petitioner had not filed return of income, he had not responded to the said query. The petitioner did communicate to the Department that he had no taxable income and therefore, there […]...

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Assessments under Income-Tax Act, 1961

Every taxpayer has to furnish the details of his income to the Income-tax Department. These details are to be furnished by filing up his return of income. Once the return of income is filed up by the taxpayer, the next step is the processing of the return of income by the Income Tax Department. ...

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Notice for reopening of assessment against a dead person is invalid

Rupa Shyamsundar Dhumatkar Vs ACIT & Ors. (Bombay High Court)

Impugned notice of reopening of assessment was issued on a dead person. There are several judgments of different High Courts holding that the notice or reopening of assessment is invalid in law. Suffice it to say, as per the settled law, notice for reopening of assessment against a dead person is invalid....

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Reassessment when Assessee made AO left with little time to complete assessment

Cenveo Publisher Services India Ltd Vs. UOI (Bombay High Court)

Cenveo Publisher Services India Ltd Vs. UOI (Bombay High Court) In this case the petitioner raised objections promptly after withdrawing the petition from this Court, would not in any manner dilute the fact that it was on the ground of the petitioner’s conduct that the Assessing Officer was left with little time to dispose of [&hell...

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