Friday, February 16, 2024

A Guide to Responding to Section 133(6) Notices via TAN on the Indian Income Tax Portal

If you've received a notice under Section 133(6) of the Income Tax Act and are required to respond through the Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number (TAN) on the Indian Income Tax Portal, this step-by-step guide will assist you in navigating the process efficiently. The Income Tax Department of India has made it possible for taxpayers to submit their responses online through the e-Filing portal, ensuring convenience and efficiency. Follow these steps to ensure your response is accurately submitted:

Step-by-Step Response Procedure

Step 1: Log In to the e-Filing Portal

Step 2: Explore the e-Filing Portal

  • Once logged in, you'll see various tabs like Dashboard, e-File, Authorized Partner, Services, Pending Actions, Grievances, and Help.

Step 3: Access Pending Actions

  • Navigate through 'Pending Actions' >> ‘Reporting Portal’ >> ‘Others’ to find specific actions pending under your TAN.

Step 4: Enter the Reporting Portal

  • You will be directed to the Reporting Portal where you can manage and respond to various notices.

Step 5: Submitting the Response

  • Within the Reporting Portal, go to the 'Request' tab to begin the process of submitting your response.

Step 6: Locate the Notice

  • Use the 'Batch Status' (Submitted, Pending, or Partially Submitted), Batch ID, Batch Type, or Batch Date options to search for the specific notice.

Step 7: Download Notice PDF

  • After locating the notice, download the PDF form for detailed information.

Step 8: Download Batch XML

  • Click the download icon for the relevant batch ID under "Download Batch XML" to get the XML format.

Step 9: XML File Download

  • After clicking the icon, the batch file will download in XML format.

Step 10: Download Information Request Utility

  • To open the XML file, download the Information Request Utility from the 'Utilities' section under the Resources tab.

Step 11: Import XML into Utility

  • Open the XML file in the Information Request Utility by importing it.

Step 12: Fill in the Confirmatory Response

  • Click on the 'Confirmatory Response Tab' within the utility and fill in the necessary details as per your response.

Step 13: Save and Validate

  • After entering the required information, save and validate your data in the utility.

Step 14: Generate and Save XML File

  • Generate the final XML file and save it on your system.

Step 15: Generate tar.gz File

  • Use the 'Generic Submission Utility' with your Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) to run the generated XML file and create a tar.gz file for upload.

Step 16: Upload the tar.gz File

  • Finally, upload the tar.gz file onto the portal to complete your response submission.

By following these detailed steps, taxpayers can ensure their response to notices under Section 133(6) is submitted correctly and efficiently through the Indian Income Tax Portal. Always ensure that your responses are accurate and submitted within the stipulated time frame to remain compliant with the Income Tax Department's regulations.

By Antim Jain at Sandeep Ahuja & Co