Compliance Portal: Response on Additional Query Request

An additional query request is raised needs to be responded to on the compliance portal. The ITD raises these on the previous responses submitted and verified by them. The taxpayer, in that case, has to submit a response on the Additional Query raised as well.

E-Verification of ITR is intended to examine whether the identified person who has not yet filed the return is liable to file the return or not. Compliance Portal helps the taxpayers and the department to identify cases of non-filing of return. Thus, the taxpayer has to submit a response to those queries raised.

Steps to submit a response to Additional Query:

  1. Log in to the compliance portal with valid credentials.

    Click on the e-Verification tab.

  2. Click on “Click here for details”.

    As seen below:

  3. Click on any Identifier you wish to see the details for.

    Therefore, you can choose as per the description.

  4. Click on Submit/Re- Submit.

    Therefore, you need to submit the response, from the detailed page that opens up.

  5. Write your response in the response section.

    Finally, upload all the necessary documents and click on Submit.

  6. Your response to the additional query raised is now submitted.

    The process is now complete.

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FAQs

What is an additional query request?

Once a response is submitted by the taxpayer it is examined by the ITD. After the examination, ITD can raise an additional query request to seek further information/clarification from the taxpayer.

How will I be notified if an additional query request is raised?

The CMCPC will contact the taxpayers via email, SMS, calls and letters. This is only in case of an additional query request by ITD.

How will the taxpayer come to know about pending e-verification?

If there are any e-Verification issues it will be pushed to the compliance portal for e-verification. Thus, the taxpayer receives an Email and SMS informing them about the issue raised.

Compliance Portal : Accessing the Portal

Compliance portal of the Income Tax Department is a dedicated portal for the following topics:

  • e-Verification
  • Compliance issues
  • Related information and
  • Capturing response on issues mentioned on the portal.

The Income Tax Compliance Portal helps in building a seamless and secured two-way structured communication.This enhances transparency and functional efficiency.

Follow the below steps to access the Compliance Portal:

Option 1:

  • Step 1: Visit the compliance portal directly at their official website.
  • Step 2: Click on the Login button on top left to access the portal.

Option 2:

  1. Visit Income Tax E-Filing Portal

    On Income Tax e-Filing website Click on Login

  2. Enter your credentials and Captcha code.

    Click on Login.

  3. From the top bar select Compliance

    Click on Compliance portal.

  4. Click on Confirm.

    You will be redirected to the compliance portal.

FAQs

Which portal will be used for e-verification?

Earlier e-verification was done on the Income Tax e-Filing portal. However, the e-verification has now shifted to Compliance portal which is a dedicated portal to enable e-verification for effective compliance monitoring and evaluation

Is it necessary to login to Compliance Portal? What happens if I don’t log in?

Yes, it is advisable to log in to the compliance portal. However if a taxpayer doesn’t log in he/she will not be able to respond to the issues raised.

What is Compliance Management?

Compliance management is the process which ensures that taxpayer complies with the obligations under the tax laws. Once a compliance issue is identified, the issue and related information is communicated to the taxpayer. This information is communicated through various communication channels such as email, SMS, letter, call, notice, etc. In such case the taxpayer is expected to submit the response in the desired format on compliance porta.

Notice for Non-filing of Income Tax Return: Submit Response on E-Compliance Portal

If you miss the due date for filing an income tax return, you will receive a notice from the IT Department. The Due Date to file Original Income Tax Return under Sec 139(1) is 31st July from the end of the financial year if tax audit is not applicable. However, the due date is 30th September from the end of the financial year if the tax audit is applicable. Additionally, the Due Date to file a Belated Return under Sec 139(4) or Revised Return under Sec 139(5) is 31st March i.e. one year from the end of the financial year. If the ITR has not been filed within the Due Date, then the Income Tax Department would send out emails and SMS to the Non-Filers. For FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20), ITD sent SMS to multiple taxpayers for not filing ITR.

For example, here is a snapshot of SMS sent to taxpayers for not filing Income Tax Return:

Under the Non-Filers Monitoring System (NMS), the Income Tax Department captures information relating to the financial transactions of the taxpayers through the information reported under AIR (Annual Information Return), CIB (Central Information Branch) data or TDS/TCS Returns. Hence, on the basis of this information, the ITD issues notice to the non-filers of ITR with potential tax liability.

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Annual Information Return (AIR)

Annual Information Return is a return submitted by specified entities to the income tax department. This is to report the ‘high valued transactions’ of Individuals and HUFs. For example:

  • AIR-001: Cash deposits of Rs. 10,00,000 or more in a year in a savings bank account
  • AIR-002: Credit Card Bills of Rs. 2,00,000 or more
  • AIR-003: Mutual Fund Investment of Rs. 2,00,000 or more
  • AIR-004: Investment in Bonds or Debenture of Rs. 5,00,000 or more
  • AIR-005: Investment in shares of Rs. 1,00,000 or more
  • AIR-006: Purchase of Immovable Property valued at Rs. 30,00,000 or more
  • AIR-007: Investment in RBI Bond of Rs. 5,00,000 or more

Therefore, in the case of taxpayers who have not filed their Income Tax Return and have significant financial transactions reflecting on the e-Compliance Portal, the ITD has taken the following actions:

  1. Sent SMS for Non-Filing of Income Tax Return
  2. Raised query to confirm the information on e-Compliance Portal

Action to be taken for Income Tax Non-Filing Notice

Taxpayer who has received a notice for non-filing of the Income tax return through an SMS should take the following actions:

  1. File Income Tax Return or Submit Response

    a. Login to your account on incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
    b. Go to Compliance > Compliance Portal
    c. Click on e-Campaign
    d. Under e-Campaign – Non-Filing of Return, click on Financial Year
    e. Under e-Campaign – Response on Filing of Income Tax Return, click on Financial Year
    f. Select Response from the dropdown, select Reason and Mode of filing.
    g. Enter Date, Acknowledgement Number and Remarks
    Click on Submit.

  2. Next, you will need to confirm the information provided.

    a. Login to your account on incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
    b. Go to Compliance > Compliance Portal
    c. Click on e-Campaign
    d. Under e-Campaign – Non-Filing of Return, click on Financial Year
    e. Under e-Campaign – Information Confirmation, click on Financial Year
    f. Click on the tab, select the transaction and choose the correct option to validate the information.

FAQs

What is the due date for filing Late/Belated ITR?

The Due Date to file a Belated Return under Sec 139(4) or Revised Return under Sec 139(5) is 31st March i.e. one year from the end of the financial year.

Which Form do I need to submit for AIR notice?

AIR can be furnished through Form 61A (Part B) in a digitized form in a CD/Floppy. While Form 61A (Part A) in a paper format duly signed.

What is STT?

Securities Transaction Tax (STT) is a type of financial transaction tax that is similar to Tax Collected at Source (TCS). Therefore, STT is a direct tax levied on every purchase and sale of securities that are listed on the recognized stock exchanges in India.