24 March 2013
As per provisions of Section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, every person whose total income exceeds the maximum amount, which is not chargeable to income tax, shall by the due date, file his return of income in prescribed form. Failure to do so by the due date or before the end of relevant assessment year will attract penalty under Section 271'F of IT Act 1961, amounting to Rs. 5000/-.
so does this mean if a person who is actually not liable to file return u/s. 139(1), files a return in refund u/s 139(4) after the end of relevant asst. year
24 March 2013
Those who are compulsory required to file their return of income(i.e those who have taxable income above the basic exemption limit) doesn't file their return of income before the end of such assessment year then penalty u/s271F may be levy and it would be depending on the AO. And those who haven't any taxable income and no any tax liability they can file after the end of such assessment year upto one year from the end of such assessment year and no penalty will be applicable and levy. For your clarification and confident following examples for you.
Case 1: Mr.A has total income for F.Y. 2011-12 of Rs 2,50,000. So he has to file his return of income on or before 31-3-2013 to avoid 271F penalty
Case 2: Mr. A has total income for F.Y 2011-12 of Rs 2,50,000 and he has no any self assessment tax payment liability i.e his total tax payable paid as TDS or advance tax. Then he can file he return of income upto 31-3-2014 and no penalty will be leavy because of no tax avaision or tax paid earlier and with in due date.
Case 3: Mr.A has total income for F.Y 2011-12 is Rs.1,60,000 but his gross total income is Rs.2,00,000(i.e above basic exemption limit) then he can file his return of income upto 31-3-2014 and no penalty u/s 271F will levy.
Case 4: Mr. A has total income for F.Y 2011-12 is Rs.1,50,000 but his gross total income is Rs.1,70,000(I.e below basic exemption limit) then Mr. A is not mandatory to file his return of income and if he want to file at his option he file his return of income upto 31-3-2014 and no penalty question will arise.
For case1 there is self assessment tax payment liability so if he fail to file his return of income on or before 31-3-2013 then penalty u/s 271F will impose however Assessing officer has a right to give exemption of penalty u/s 271F based on reason of fail to file with in time prescribed. For case2 even though taxable income exceeds basic exemption limit there is no self assessment tax payment liability so 271F penlaty need not be immpose
For case3 there is no tax liability so 271F penalty need not be immose
For case4 there is no compulsory filing of return because of gross total income doesn't exceeded the basic exemption limit so no question of penalty u/s 271F.
So is you now get the idea about penalty immpose and you get confident?
24 March 2013
No penalty will be applicable u/s 271F because of there is no tax payment liability it is the case of tax refund. So penalty not applicable.
But better to file his return 31-3-2013 to claim and get refund of TDS. Because of to claim TDS and get it refund due date is 31-3-2013 if you filing it after 31-3-2013 and on or before 31-3-2014 it may be reject to give refund recently i heared one case of reject of refund due to time expired to claim TDS however in one of my another case i get the refund even i filed after the expiry of assessment year so we can't say. So better to file with in the completion of assessment year to claim and get refund.