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After filing Income-tax return, it is processed by the Income-tax Department. While processing the return, if any mistake/discrepancy/error is noticed in the Income-tax return filed, then the same shall be communicated to the taxpayer by way of an income-tax notice.
There are various notices issued by the Department of Income-tax to the taxpayer under different sections of the Income Tax Act, 1961
|Notice u/s. 139(9)||If the Income-tax return filed is found to be defective, then notice u/s. 139(9) is issued. E.g., if the return is filed before payment of Self-assessment tax.|
|Intimation u/s. 143(1)||CPC processes intimation sent by the Department of Income-tax after the return filed by the taxpayer.|
|Notice u/s. 143(1)(a)||It is issued seeking response if there are specific|
errors/discrepancies or any income is disclosed
less/not disclosed in the Income-tax return filed.
|Notice u/s. 143(2)||This notice indicates that the return filed by the taxpayer has been selected for Scrutiny by the Assessing Officer.|
Notice u/s. 156
|After the assessment of the income, if the tax liability is raised, then Demand order u/s. 156 is issued to taxpayer for the balance tax liability|
|Notice u/s. 245||The communication of adjustment of Income-tax refund against Income-tax liability is made with the notice issued u/s. 245.|
The Income-tax department issues notice/orders for the following reasons:
» Errors/mistakes/discrepancies found in your Income-tax returns.
» Incorrect TDS claimed than shown in Form 26AS.
» Any financial transaction found missing in the Income-tax return filed by the Assessee; however, the Department has the knowledge for the same.
» The Assessing Officer may require documents and other details from the taxpayer. For this purpose, he may issue an Income-tax notice asking for such documents/details.
» To carry out scrutiny under provisions of the Income-tax Act.
» For any other purpose, as the Assessing Officer may deem fit.
Yes, you can receive more than one Income-tax notice by the Department for the same Assessment year. For an instance, you had received Income-tax intimation 143(1) indicating demand, and you filed rectification for the same. However, if this gets rejected, then you may get a second Income-tax order u/s 154 for which further clarification is required to be submitted to the Income-tax department.
It is highly advised not to ignore any notice issued by the Income-tax department. Ignoring notice/demand/order issued by the Income-tax department may lead to penalty and prosecution under the Income-tax Act, 1961.