India: Opportunity for taxpayers to validate electronically filed income tax returns

India: Validate electronically filed income tax returns

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) issued a circular that allows taxpayers—until 30 September 2020—to validate an electronically filed income tax return for certain years.

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An income tax return that is filed electronically and without a digital signature must be verified using one of the specified methods within 120 days of the date when the tax return was uploaded. One of the methods is for the taxpayer to submit a form (ITR-V). A failure to submit the ITR-V form effectively means the return is invalid.

The tax authority was made aware that a number of tax returns have not been properly validated. Accordingly, the circular was issued to allow taxpayers with electronically filed returns for Assessment Year 2015-2016 to Assessment Year 2019-2020, but that because of the missing ITR-V form were incomplete, to validate these returns by submitting a paper version of the ITR-V form or by making an electronic submission. This verification process is a one-time relief measure, and must be completed by 30 September 2020.

Read a July 2020 report [PDF 167 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in India

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