4 days to appear in Income Tax Office is inconsistent with mandatory Time prescribed u/s 148A(b): Punjab & Haryana HC sets aside Order

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4 days to appear in Income Tax Office- mandatory Time prescribed us 148Ab - Punjab & Haryana HC - Taxscan

The Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) in its recent case set aside the order since the 4 days to appear in Income Tax Office was found to be inconsistent with the mandatory time prescribed under section 148A(b) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Baljeet Singh, the petitioner submitted that the show cause under Section 148A(b) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, was uploaded on the portal on 21.03.2022 and the petitioner was given 04 days to appear in the office of the respondent(s) on 25.03.2022.

 It was argued by the petitioner that as per the provisions of Section 148A(b), 07 days are required to be given for giving a reply to the notice and this provision is mandatory and has not been complied with, by the respondent(s).

As per Section 148A(b) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, the assessing officer must give the person being taxed more than seven days but less than thirty days to explain. The response from the taxpayer will help the income tax officer decide whether or not to send a notice for unreported income.

It was evident that the 4 days given to the assessee are not according to the legal provision and the order passed out of this notice is also invalid.

The two-member bench comprising Justice Ritu Bahri and Justice Amarjot Bhatti allowed the petition and set aside the order and notice under Section 148(b) and consequential notice dated 21.03.2022 under Section 148 of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Further, the liberty is granted to the respondents to proceed, following the law as per Section 148A(b) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, after giving due opportunity to the petitioner.To Read the full text of the Order CLICK HERE

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Baljeet Singh Vs Income Tax Officer and Others

Case Number:   CM No.4931-CWP of 2023 in/and CWP No.4818 of 2023(O&M)

Date of Judgement:   23rd March, 2023


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