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  • Jan 14, 2022
  • Over Rs 1.54 lakh crore I-T refunds issued till January 10

    The income tax department on Thursday said it has issued refunds of over Rs 1.54 lakh crore to more than 1.59 crore taxpayers so far this fiscal. This includes 1.20 crore refunds of Assessment Year 2021-22 (fiscal ended March 31, 2021), amounting to Rs 23,406.28 crore.

    “CBDT issues refunds of over Rs 1,54,302 crore to more than 1.59 crore taxpayers from 1st Apr 2021 to 10th January 2022,” the I-T department tweeted.

    This includes personal income tax refunds of Rs 53,689 crore to over 1.56 crore entities and corporate tax refunds of over Rs 1 lakh crore to more than 2.21 lakh businesses.

  • Jan 14, 2022
  • Technical glitches and errors galore in the income tax portal

    Thousands of tax assessees and several chartered accountant associations in the country have complained of discrepancies in filed returns for the assessment year 2021-22.

    This has led to furious responses from income tax professionals, who struggled to meet the deadline despite the errors cropping up in the new income tax portal. They would have to work hard again to resolve the problems faced by tax assessees.

  • Jan 13, 2022
  • Digital coins issued by Indian exchanges to employees to face income tax complications

    Cryptocurrencies or digital assets issued to employees by crypto exchanges as incentives are set to come under the taxman’s lens.

    The question is whether the coins—most of them issued by Indian exchanges—can be construed as income and what could be the income tax applicable on the digital assets.

    Many exchanges have rolled out their own tokens and offered these as part of their employees' annual income—along the lines of employee stock ownership plan or esop. In some cases, it was also linked to employee performance.

    Tax experts say while the arrangement may look similar to an esop, it will not be treated as one under the tax laws.

  • Jan 13, 2022
  • Infosys working very closely with I-T Dept on tax portal: Salil Parekh

    Infosys CEO Salil Parekh on Wednesday said the company is working closely with the Income Tax Department on the next set of areas related to the I-T portal as new modules will be added to it. Infosys, in 2019, was given the contract to develop the new portal. It was launched in June last year and stakeholders had reported glitches and difficulties in the functioning of the portal.

    "On the I-T project, we are extremely proud that as of December 31, as was reported, 5.8 crore returns were filed through that timeframe. On the day itself, over 46 lakh returns were filed and the deadline was maintained..." Parekh told reporters.

    He also said that users were able to use the portal to file their tax returns and that the company was grateful that it could contribute to the Digital India vision.

  • Jan 12, 2022
  • ITR filing, tax audit report deadlines for FY 2020-21 extended by CBDT

    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the due dates for filing tax audit reports and income tax return for certain category of taxpayers for FY 2020-21. This was announced by the income tax department via a press release issued on January 11, 2022.

    The ITR deadline extension has come after various taxpayers asked the tax department and finance ministry to extend the ITR filing dates due to the rising coronavirus cases and issues with the new income tax portal. “On consideration of difficulties reported by the taxpayers and other stakeholders due to COVID and in electronic filing of various reports of audit under the provisions of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the Central Board of Direct Taxes has decided to further extend the due dates for filing of income tax returns and various reports of audit for the assessment year 2021-22,” said the press release.

  • Jan 10, 2022
  • ICAI seeks waiver of penalty till March 31 for filing tax audit reports

    Chartered accountants’ apex body ICAI has sought time till March 31 for filing tax audit reports without penalties, citing the coronavirus pandemic situation and “consistent technical glitches” being faced in using the new I-T portal.

    In this regard, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has submitted a representation to Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman J B Mohapatra.
    ICAI has requested that penalty and other consequences should be waived for filing tax audit reports and other reports/certificates for AY (Assessment Year) 2021-22 till March 31, 2022.

  • Jan 06, 2022
  • CBDT issues Rs 1,50,407 crore refund from Apr 1, 2021 to Jan 3, 2022: How to check income tax refund status

    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), announced via its Twitter account, that it has issued refunds of over Rs 1,50,407 crore to more than 1.48 crore taxpayers from 1st April,2021 to 3rd January,2022.

    “Income tax refunds totaling Rs. 51,194 crore were distributed in 1,46,24,250 cases, while corporate tax refunds totaling Rs. 99,213 crore were distributed in 2,19,913 cases. This includes 1.1 crore refunds for the fiscal year 2021-22, totaling Rs. 21,323.55 crore,” stated the tweet.

  • Jan 05, 2022
  • Tax cloud over cryptocurrency exchanges as income tax department eyes probe

    Fresh trouble could be brewing for the cryptocurrency exchanges as the income tax department is now contemplating investigating them over the tax applicable to their total income. This comes after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) department conducted searches in the past week on the crypto exchanges. The direct tax department could look into the quantum of corporate tax payable for the cryptocurrency exchanges, said people aware of the development.

    In the last week, the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI), an investigation arm of the indirect tax department, conducted searches on several crypto exchanges and asked them to pay GST on their transaction fees or margins. The fear is that the tax department will question the way exchanges record their revenues.

    "There is no clarity in the way the exchanges recognise revenues. Each firm does it as per their understanding of accounting and the income tax officials have concerns over the ambiguity," a person aware of the development said.

  • Dec 30, 2021
  • I-T dept eases norms for personal hearing via video conference under faceless appeal scheme

    The income tax department has brought in changes to the existing faceless appeal scheme, easing the process for taxpayers wanting a personal hearing through video conference while appealing against a tax demand by the department. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on December 28, notified the 'Faceless Appeal Scheme, 2021' and said that the Commissioner (Appeals) shall allow the request for personal hearing via video conference and communicate the date and time of hearing to the appellant through the National Faceless Appeal Centre.

    "Such a hearing shall be conducted through video conferencing or video telephony, including use of any telecommunication application software which supports video conferencing or video telephony, to the extent technologically feasible...," said the 'Faceless Appeal Scheme, 2021'.

    However, a person would not be permitted to appear before the income-tax authority either personally or through an authorised representative in connection with any proceedings under this scheme.

  • Dec 29, 2021
  • Not done ITR verification for last year? Income tax dept is offering one-time relief

    If you have not verified your income tax return(ITR) for last year, i.e., FY 2019-20, then there is good news for you. The tax department via a circular dated December 28, 2021, has announced that all the income tax returns that were filed last year and are pending verification, either due to non-submission of ITR-V or e-verification, can be verified till February 28, 2022. Further, once the ITR is verified, then these tax returns will be processed by the tax department by June 30, 2022.

    Under the income tax laws, an individual is required to verify ITR within 120 days of filing it. If the ITR is not verified, then it will be termed as ‘Defective Return’. Such an ITR will not be taken up for processing by the tax department till it is verified. It will be assumed that you have not filed your income tax return for that particular year.

  • Dec 29, 2021
  • CBDT forms task force to overhaul Income Tax department

    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has constituted a task force to restructure the Income Tax (I-T) Department. The panel comprising 10 senior officials of the I-T department will reassess its role and functions in view of the faceless regime aimed at cutting down physical interface between a taxpayer and the department.

    CBDT has given a seven-point agenda to the task force. They include restructuring the department and rationalising national and regional e-assessment centres that are the primary gateway in communicating with taxpayers.

    The panel has been asked to submit its recommendations by March 31, 2022.

    The move is significant as taxpayers have raised concerns over challenges in the faceless regime introduced last year.

  • Dec 29, 2021
  • Income Tax refunds of over Rs 1.49 lakh crore issued so far this fiscal

    Income Tax refunds of over Rs 1.49 lakh crore have been issued to 1.45 crore taxpayers so far this fiscal, the I-T department said on Tuesday.

    This includes 1.07 crore refunds of AY 2021-22 (fiscal ended March 31, 2021), amounting to Rs 21,021 crore. More than 4.67 crore ITRs for the 2020-21 fiscal (ended March 2021) have been filed till December 27.

    In a tweet, the department said Income Tax refunds of Rs 50,793 crore have been issued to over 1.42 crore entities, and corporate tax refunds of Rs 98,504 crore have been issued in over 2.19 lakh cases.

  • Dec 28, 2021
  • Income tax dept tracks these 46 financial transactions of yours via the Annual Information Statement

    The newly launched Annual Information Statement (AIS) is a comprehensive statement containing details of 46 of
    the financial transactions (income, investment, expenditure) undertaken by you in a financial year (FY). Sujit Bangar, Ex-IRS officer and founder, Taxbuddy.com, an ITR filing website, says, "AIS is an information statement. It provides details of all the income received from various sources irrespective of whether tax has been deducted on such income or not. Further, any investments made by you will be reflected in the AIS as well."

    Here is a look at 46 financial transactions that reflect in the AIS, as per the income tax website:

    1. Salary
    AIS will show information about the salary amount paid to you along with the tax deducted, if any. It will show the TAN of employer and PAN of employee. The amount mentioned in the AIS will be gross salary including all exempt allowances. Individual will be required to claim exemption and deductions as applicable while filing income tax return (ITR).

  • Dec 27, 2021
  • I-T draws blank as tax havens mum on shut accounts, defunct companies

    The paper trail on stash money often vanishes beyond a mountain of Panama and Pandora papers. Several tax havens like Switzerland, Jersey, Guernsey and British Virgin Islands are refusing to disclose information on investment outfits and trust structures which have been dismantled or bank accounts that have been closed - particularly, if such accounts were shut even days before the treaty with the respective jurisdiction was signed.

    It's a lesson that tax officials are learning the hard way as they strive to convert intelligence into evidence.

    Arrangements to ringfence hidden wealth can be complex: the investment companies may be incorporated in one country, the discretionary trust or foundations linked to them are set up in another offshore centre, the bank accounts are likely to be with an old, trusted custodian like a Swiss Bank, and the person behind everything is an Indian passport holder residing in London, New York or Dubai.

  • Dec 23, 2021
  • I-T refunds of over Rs 1.44 lakh cr issued so far this fiscal

    Income tax refunds of over Rs 1.44 lakh crore have been issued to 1.38 crore taxpayers so far this fiscal, the I-T department said on Wednesday.

    This includes 99.75 lakh refunds of Assessment Year (AY) 2021-22 (fiscal ended March 31, 2021) amounting to Rs 20,451.95 crore.

  • Dec 23, 2021
  • Over 4 crore Income Tax returns for FY21 e-filed so far: I-T department

    More than 4 crore ITRs for the last fiscal have been efiled, with around 8.7 lakh returns being filed on December 21 alone, the I-T department said on Wednesday.

    With December 31 being the last date for filing FY’21 income tax returns (ITRs) for individual taxpayers, there has been surge in e-filing and 46.77 lakh returns were filed in the last seven days.

  • Dec 22, 2021
  • Several MNCs under IT scanner for deals done via Mauritius Cos

    After private equity firms and fund houses, the taxman has raised the spectre of capital gains and judicial General Anti Avoidance Rule (GAAR) over several multinationals that had invested in India or sold part of their assets through Mauritius entities between 2013 and 2016.

    The tax department has reopened assessments of many MNCs over investments made in India and returns sent back to holding companies after a sale, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

    The tax department has only reopened assessments in cases where investments were routed through Mauritius. However, like in the case of fund houses and PEs, investments via Singapore and Cyprus too could come under lens. While the tax department has merely reopened the case and sought documents from the MNCs and funds, the fear is that the taxman could trigger judicial GAAR.

  • Dec 22, 2021
  • Put in place foolproof IT system, control mechanism to check assessment errors: CAG to CBDT

    Pointing out significant errors and irregularities in Corporation Tax assessments, apex auditor CAG on Tuesday asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to put in place a foolproof IT system and internal control mechanism to avoid such recurrences. Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), in a report tabled in Parliament, audited 356 high value cases pertaining to Corporation Tax with tax effect of Rs 12,476.53 crore.

    "These cases mainly pertained to arithmetical errors in computation of income and tax, errors in levy of interest, irregularities in allowing depreciation/business losses/capital losses, irregular exemptions/ deductions/ rebates/ relief/MAT credit, incorrect allowance of business expenditure, income not assessed/under assessed under normal provisions, etc," it said.

    Out of 356 high value cases, CAG has illustrated 38 instances of significant errors/irregularities in Corporation Tax assessments involving tax effect of Rs 3,976.56 crore.

  • Dec 21, 2021
  • Plea to extend filing deadline due income tax portal glitches

    Persistent glitches at the new income tax portal have prompted tax professionals to urge union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman to extend the income tax filing deadline to February 28, 2022.

    The last date for filing returns for assessment year 2021-22 is December 31.
    Direct Tax Professionals’ Association has listed several problems with the new income tax portal, which was inaugurated in June but has since faced flak on account of multiple technical glitches .

    According to the DTPA, the income tax portal is not allowing the filing of Form 10-IE, which allows taxpayers to exercise/withdraw the option on the new income tax regime.

  • Dec 20, 2021
  • Other employees to get NPS tax sop at par with Centre’s staff

    Similar to the Central government staff, employees with state governments, PSUs and the private corporate sector may also get full deduction for the contributions made to the National Pension system subject to a ceiling of 24% of basic salary and dearness allowance. An announcement is expected in the coming Union Budget.

    Since financial year 2019-20, the Central government staff has been eligible for deduction of 24% of salary (employees’ contribution of 10% and employers’ share of 14%) for NPS contributions under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. But the limit continues to be 20% (10% contribution of each by employer and employees) for other employees. This is despite the fact as many as 15 state governments and public sector banks have subsequently enhanced employers’ share to NPS to 14%.