I have received an 'Arrear Demand Notice' from income tax department, today, for the FY 08-09. I have filed my return on time & all taxes were paid (bank deposit recipts are available along with Form 16 provided by my employer and other relevant documents). Please can you advise:
I look forward to hear from you!
asked Nov 08 '11 at 23:00 by Anks 46●2●4●9
You are not alone who have been sent this notice. I too have received a similar communication from Centralized Processing Center (CPC), Bangalore.
This communication is is response to a recent clash between CAs and IT department. Income tax department has adjusted some tax payer's refund against old demands, but these tax payers have never been issued such demands in past. So IT department is sending these communication to avoid any further issue and to play it safe in future.
Now coming to the issue, in past they may not have full tracking of TDS deposited or self assessment challans, so there may be a difference in what you declared in IT return and what IT department tracked. So now they are sending notices to clear the pending issues.
You should now, write to assessing officer with return copy of assessment year (for which demand has been raised) along with form-16 (which shows TDS deduction) and challan for self-deposited income tax, if any. Also make sure that form-26AS correctly shows tax deposit. Check TDS deduction and income tax refund Online here.
You can check assessing office details from the notice, you have raised this demand. As soon as they are satisfied with your proofs, they will remove the demand against your name in their database.
If you don't clear out this issue with assessing officer, they will put this amount in pending receivables and will deduct from genuine refunds, if any, in future filed returns.
answered Nov 09 '11 at 00:13 by pankaj 5.1k●3●19
Yes - my issue is resolved now. Unfortunately it's not something you can do remotely through email or on phone.
I visited my regional income tax office (Mayur Bhawan in Delhi) to see my assessing officer. The assessing officer will see your original documents (i.e., investment proof, etc basis which you have claimed for exception in the said assessment year) to establish the facts and should be able to take necessary action and make appropriate changes in the income tax records. In my case, the assessing officer made the changes to his records rightaway. You'll also need to carry along photocopies of all the documents, an ID proof (PAN card, voter ID card, etc) and a covering letter detailing the issue and your request to make necessary changes to update your records.
I hope this helps!
answered Dec 22 '11 at 18:44 by Anks 46●2●4●9