The Income Tax Department sends notices to the taxpayer for a variety of reasons. The Intimation under Section 245 of the Income Tax Act is sent in case of outstanding demand. In simple words, if a taxpayer has an outstanding tax liability of a previous financial year, the Assessing Officer (AO) can adjust such a refund against the outstanding tax liability.
Intimation under section 245 is issued by the IT Department to intimate the taxpayer that their previous year’s pending tax dues are being offset with the current year’s refund. The details of such intimation reflect in the income tax login account of the taxpayer. The taxpayer has an option to pay the outstanding demand if they agree with the notice or submit a response if they disagree with the notice. If the taxpayer does not respond, the AO can adjust the refund against the outstanding tax demand.
Taxpayers can view the details of their outstanding tax demands on the Income Tax eFiling portal. Taxpayers simply need to login and navigate to e-File > Response to Outstanding Tax Demand. Hence, details related to the same would be available under this view. The taxpayer also has to submit a response to the IT Department. This action can also be carried out from under this view.
It is important to go through the details of the notice after receiving it from the department. Along with the details, it is also important to realize how long does one have to respond back to this notice. Moreover, if you miss the deadline to respond to such a notice then the outstanding demand as on that date will be considered for adjustment against your refund. Following are the two possibilities:
The taxpayer has to submit a response to the notice u/s 245 within 30 days of receiving this notice. Failing to do so will result in outstanding demand considered for adjustment against your refund after considering interest on demand. The interest is chargeable on principal demand pending of relevant AY. Therefore, the demand of interest will be adjusted against the refund without any confirmation of the assessee.
Follow the steps given to submit a response to the IT Department
Firstly, login to the income tax efiling portal using your ID and password.
Click on e-File > Response to Outstanding Demand
The below screen will provide all the details. Click on the Option to “Submit” if you wish to respond to this notice.
Clicking on submit would take you to a different screen where you will be asked to choose from one of the 4 options as shown below.
If you select the “demand is correct” option, then you will receive a pop-up asking you to confirm the same. Hence, if a refund is due, the outstanding amount and the interest will be adjusted against the refund due. Otherwise, you will have to pay the demand immediately.
The below screen will appear where the taxpayer will have to enter the amount that is correct. Along with that, the taxpayer has to select the appropriate reason.
The assessee can select this option when they are in total disagreement.
The taxpayer will see pop-up on the screen on selecting this option. The assessee can click on continue and select the reasons for disagreement.
No, section 245N(a) is applicable to non-resident. It is only applicable to a certain category of residents (including public sector units)
Applicability of a penalty is possible if there is no submission of response within the 30 day limit.