Income Tax Notice u/s 139(9) : Responding to defective return notice

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Hiral Vakil

139(9)
Defective Return
IT Notice
Section 139(9)

What is a defective return?

Filed ITR is defective if any:

A notice u/s 139(9) is sent by the IT Department if the return is found defective.

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Defective Return Notice u/s 139(9)

Notice u/s 139(9)
Notice u/s 139(9)

How will I receive notice u/s 139(9)?

Communication on Email

What are the reasons for defective return notice u/s 139(9)?

Common reasons for defective return notice are as follows:

How to respond to defective return notice u/s 139(9)?

Either CPC Bangalore or AO of your ward can issue defective return notice to you. The due date to file a response is 15 days from the date of issue of notice. You need to file a response to defective return notice from your Login on Income Tax E-filing Website. Following are the responses:

FAQs

What are the consequences of not filing a response to notice?

If you don’t file a response within 15 days then your return can be treated as an Invalid Return. Invalid return means no return has been filed for that year. And you can end up with penalties for failure to file return in time. However, you can file a revised return afterwards to save yourself from a penalty.

Do I need to e-verify the ITR filed in response to defective return notice?

No. There is no need to e-verify the ITR filed in response to defective return notice.

How can I download an acknowledgement of ITR filed in response to defective return notice?

You will receive an acknowledgement to your email mentioned in return. You can also download the same from your account on the income tax e-filing portal.

What should I do if the time limit has expired and I wish to file a response?

You can file the revised return from your login on Income Tax E-filing Website. However this return is to be filed u/s 139(5) and not under 139(9) with details of the original return. For FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20) the due date to file revise return is 31/03/2019.

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