Tax Audit U/s 44AB limit has been proposed to increase up to Rs. 5Cr. from AY 2020-2021 for MSME sector in Union Budget 2020 but several conditions apply.
What is MSME?
The full form of MSME is Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises. According to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development Act (MSMED) 2006, there are two types of MSME such as,
- Manufacturing Enterprises.
- Service Enterprises.
Tax Audit Limit as per Section 44AB of the Income Tax Act 1961
Currently, the account of an assessee needs to be audited
- if his annual gross turnover/receipts in Business exceeds Rs. 1 Crore. or
- if his annual gross receipts in Profession exceeds Rs. 50 Lakh.
Amendments to Sec 44AB of the Income Tax Axt, 1961 in Budget 2020
Apart from the current provision, a new provision also inserted in Sec. 44AB that has been proposed to increase the tax audit limit from '1 crore' to '5 crores' if a person's
- aggregate of all amounts received including amount received for sales, turnover or gross receipts during the previous year, in cash, does not exceed 5% of the said amount and
- aggregate of all payments made including amount incurred for expenditure, in cash, during the previous year does not exceed 5% of the said payment.
Whether the tax audit limit under section 44AB increased to Rs. 5 crore is for only MSMEs?
No. The increased tax audit limit is applicable to small retailers, traders, and shopkeepers who earn business income. But the increased audit limit is applicable to those whose sales/ receipts in cash and purchases/ payments in cash are less than 5%, otherwise, the limit will remain Rs. 1 Cr.
Change in Due Dates of Tax Audit and Income Tax Return filing
According to Budget 2020, the following are proposed, such as,
- Due date of Income Tax Return of Audited Taxpayers (Sec. 44AB, 44ADA, 115JB etc.): 31st October.
- Due date to submit Tax Audit Report: One month prior to income tax return filing i.e. 30th September.