NEW DELHI: With a view to expedite tax assessments, the revenue department proposes to make it mandatory for tax payers to file I-T returns as well as revised returns by March end of the assessment year (AY).
The department, in the memorandum to Finance Bill 2017, has also proposed a fee for delayed filing of income tax returns. In case of people whose total income does not exceed Rs 5 lakh, Rs 1,000 fee would be charged.
If the income exceeds Rs 5 lakh, a fee of Rs 5,000 shall be payable if the return is filed after July but on or before December 31 of the Assessment Year (AY). A fee of Rs 10,000 shall be payable if ITR is filed after December.
“In order to expedite assessments of the Department, it is critical that the returns for an assessment year also freeze by the end of the assessment year. It is hence proposed to amend the provisions of sub-section (5) of section 139 to provide that the time for furnishing of revised return shall be available up to the end of the relevant assessment year or before the completion of assessment, whichever is earlier,” said the memorandum to the Finance Bill 2017. (AGENCIES)