Notes Discontinued! Wondering what to do next?

Q.What if I don’t have any bank account?

If you don’t have a bank account, you need to open a bank account by approaching a bank branch with necessary documents required for fulfilling the KYC requirements.

Q.What if I don’t have a PAN card?

In case, you don’t own a PAN card, then, you can make a transaction for a maximum amount of Rs. 50,000. For a transaction exceeding Rs. 50,000, you need to apply for a PAN. is offering free PAN Application services to all of its Platinum Users. Apply for PAN Card

Q.What is a valid ID proof?

  • Aadhar Card

  • Driving License

  • Passport

  • Voter ID Card

  • PAN Card

  • NREGA Card

  • Any ID card issued by a Govt. Office or PSU to its officials.

Q.Will I get the full amount back?

Yes, you will get the full amount in new denomination notes back when you exchange it from RBI Offices (earlier exchange was also permissible from banks and post office Rs 2,000)

Q.Can I exchange ₹2000 more than once?

No. You can exchange upto ₹2000 only once. Now it has been advised to banks to put indelible ink mark on the right index finger of the customers to identify that he/she has exchanged the old currency notes. The indelible ink will be applied before the old notes are taken or new notes are given. Indelible ink on the index finger of the left hand or any other finger of the left hand may not be used as a pretext to deny exchange of old notes.

This was applicable till 31st Dec,2016.

Q.Where can I go to exchange the notes?

The exchange facility is available at specified offices of RBI. But this facility can be availed by Resident Indian citizens who were abroad from November 9 to December 30 and also to NRI citizens.

Q.Can I deposit the Old Notes through ATM’s and Cash Deposit Machines?

Facility to deposit old notes has been withdrawn.

Q.Can I withdraw cash against cheque?

Yes, you can withdraw cash against withdrawal slip or cheque subject to limit of ₹24000 in a week (earlier there was a ceiling limit of ₹10000 and weekly limit of ₹20000). No limit on current account and overdraft accounts w.e.f. 1st Feb 2017.

Also, there are few more amendments with effect from 18.11.2016

  • Withdrawals up to ₹25000 per week can be made by farmers from bank a/c’s by cheque or RTGS.

  • Farmers are allowed to draw upto ₹ 25,000 per week in cash from their loan (including Kisan Credit Card limit) or deposit accounts subject to their accounts being compliant with the extant KYC norms.

  • Withdrawals up to ₹50000 per week can be made by Mandi traders.

Q.Should I go to bank personally or can I send the notes through my representative?

A personal visit to the branch is preferable. In case, it is not possible for you to visit the branch you may send your representative with a written authorisation and the representative should produce authority letter and his / her valid identity proof while tendering the notes.

Q.How much time do I have to exchange the notes? And where do I exchange them?

Resident Indian citizens who were abroad from November 9 to December 30 can exchange old notes up to March 31, 2017, from specified RBI offices. (Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Nagpur) along with necessary documentation as may be specified by the Reserve Bank of India. NRI citizens, who were abroad during this period, can exchange their defunct notes up to June 30, 2017, from specified RBI offices ( Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Nagpur).

However, this facility will not be available for Indian citizens resident in Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Q.I am an NRI and hold NRO account, can the exchange value be deposited in my account?

Yes, you can deposit the Specified bank notes to your NRO account.

Q.I am a foreign tourist, I have these notes. What should I do?

You can purchase foreign exchange equivalent to ₹5000 using these Specified Bank Notes at airport exchange counters within 72 hours after the notification, provided you present proof of purchasing the Specified Bank Notes.

Q.I have emergency needs of cash (hospitalisation, travel, life saving medicines) then what I should do?

Till the December 15, 2016, specified banknotes of only 500 denomination can be used as under:-

  • (a) for making payments in Government hospitals for medical treatment and pharmacies in Government hospitals for buying medicines with doctor's prescription;

  • (b) at railway ticketing counters, ticket counters of Government or Public Sector Undertakings buses and airline ticketing counters at airports for purchase of tickets;

  • (c) for purchases at consumer cooperative stores operated under authorisation of Central or State Governments and the customers shall provide their identity proof; However, the purchase from Consumer Cooperative Stores will be limited to ₹ 5000 at a time;

  • (d) for purchase at milk booths operating under authorisation of the Central or State Governments;

  • (e) for purchase of petrol, diesel and gas at the stations operating under the authorisation of Public Sector Oil and Gas Marketing Companies;

  • (f) for payments at crematoria and burial grounds;

  • (g) for making payments in all pharmacies on production of doctor’s prescription and proof of identity;

  • (h) for payments on purchases LPG gas cylinders;

  • (i) for making payments to catering services on board, during travel by rail;

  • (j) for making payments for purchasing tickets for travel by suburban and metro rail services;

  • (k) for making payments for purchase of entry tickets for any monument maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.

  • (l) for making payments towards any fees, charges, taxes or penalties, payable to the Central or State Governments including Municipal and local bodies;

  • (m) for making payments towards utility charges for water and electricity only. -which shall be restricted to individuals or households for payment of only arrears or current charges. No advance payments shall be allowed

  • (n) for payments towards court fees

  • (o) for making payments towards purchase of seeds from the centres, units or outlets belonging to the Central or State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings, National or State Seeds Corporations, Central or State Agricultural Universities and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, on production of proof of identity: Provided that for the purposes of this clause, specified bank notes shall mean bank notes of the denominational value of five hundred rupees

  • (p) Payment of School fees up to ₹ 2000 per student in Central Government, State Government, Municipality and local body schools;

  • (q) Payment of fees in Central or State Government colleges;

  • (r) Payments towards pre- paid mobile top-up to a limit of ₹ 500 per top-up

  • (s) Toll payment at these toll plazas of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways may be made through old ₹ 500 notes from 3.12.2016 to 15.12.2016 (as they have continued the toll free arrangement up to 2.12.2016)

Q.Can I withdraw from ATM?

From Feb 1 2017, people can withdraw a maximum of Rs. 24,000 per day per card from an ATM. (Earlier it was Rs. 10,000). However, the weekly withdrawal limits from banks remain unchanged at Rs. 24,000.

Q.What will be the levied ATM charges?

It has been decided that banks shall waive levy of ATM charges for all transactions by savings bank customers done at their own banks’ ATMs as well as at other banks’ ATMs, irrespective of the number of transactions during the month. This waiver is applicable on transactions done at ATMs from November 10, 2016 till December 30, 2016, subject to review.

Q.Can I make use of electronic (NEFT/RTGS /IMPS/ Internet Banking / Mobile banking etc.) mode?

Yes, you can use NEFT/RTGS/IMPS/Internet Banking/Mobile Banking or any other electronic/ non-cash mode of payment for a limitless amount.

The merchants can transfer funds from such PPIs to their own linked bank accounts upto ₹ 50,000/- per month, without any limit per transaction. The limit of semi-closed PPIs issued with minimum details has been enhanced to ₹ 20,000/- from the existing ₹ 10,000/-.

Q.If I have a problem, whom should I approach?

We have started an helpline where in our CA experts will study your financials and then guide you accordingly for any of your queries. Incase you missed filing your ITR or filed it incorrectly we will also assist and file your Income Tax Return on your behalf. You can avail this service at Get an Expert CA Advise

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If you missed how exactly our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi took the country by awe, here’s an insight of how exactly it happened:

My dear citizens,

I hope you ended the festive season of Diwali with joy and new hope. Today, I will be speaking to you about some critical issues and important decisions. Today I want to make a special request to all of you. You may recall the economic situation in May 2014 when you entrusted us with an onerous responsibility. In the context of BRICS, it was being said that the “I” in BRICS was shaky. Since then, we had two years of severe drought. Yet, in the last two and a half years with the support of 125 crore Indians, India has become the “bright spot” in the global economy. It is not just we who are saying this; it is being stated by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

In this effort for development, our motto has been ‘Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas’: We are with all citizens and for development of all citizens. This Government is dedicated to the poor. It will remain dedicated to them. In our fight against poverty, our main thrust has been to empower the poor, and make them active participants in the benefits of economic progress.

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, the Jan Suraksha Yojana, the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana for small enterprises, the Stand-up India program for Dalits, Adivasis and women, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Scheme for gas connections in the homes of the poor, the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana to protect the income of farmers, the Soil Health Card Scheme to ensure the best possible yield from farmers’ fields, and the e-NAM National Market Place scheme to ensure farmers get the right price for their produce—these are all reflections of this approach.

In the past decades, the specter of corruption and black money has grown. It has weakened the effort to remove poverty. On the one hand, we are now no.1 in the rate of economic growth. But on the other hand, we were ranked close to one hundred in the global corruption perceptions ranking two years back. In spite of many steps taken, we have only been able to reach a ranking of seventy-six now. Of course, there is improvement. This shows the extent to which corruption and black money have spread their tentacles.

The evil of corruption has been spread by certain sections of society for their selfish interest. They have ignored the poor and cornered benefits. Some people have misused their office for personal gain. On the other hand, honest people have fought against this evil. Crores of common men and women have lived lives of integrity. We hear about poor auto-rickshaw drivers returning gold ornaments left in the vehicles to their rightful owners. We hear about taxi drivers who take pains to locate the owners of cell phones left behind. We hear of vegetable vendors who return excess money given by customers.

There comes a time in the history of a country’s development when a need is felt for a strong and decisive step. For years, this country has felt that corruption, black money and terrorism are festering sores, holding us back in the race towards development.

Terrorism is a frightening threat. So many have lost their lives because of it. But have you ever thought about how these terrorists get their money? Enemies from across the border run their operations using fake currency notes. This has been going on for years. Many times, those using fake 500 and 1,000 rupee notes have been caught and many such notes have been seized.

Brothers and sisters,

On the one hand is the problem of terrorism; on the other is the challenge posed by corruption and black money. We began our battle against corruption by setting up an SIT headed by a retired Supreme Court judge, immediately upon taking office. Since then a law was passed in 2015 for disclosure of foreign black money;

• agreements with many countries, including the USA, have been made to add provisions for sharing banking information;

  • • a strict law has come into force from August 2016 to curb benami transactions, which are used to deploy black money earned through corruption;

  • • a scheme was introduced for declaring black money after paying a stiff penalty;

My dear countrymen,

Through all these efforts, in the last two and a half years, we have brought into the open nearly 1 lakh 25 thousand crore rupees of black money belonging to the corrupt. Honest citizens want this fight against corruption, black money, benami property, terrorism and counterfeiting to continue. Which honest citizen would not be pained by reports of crores worth of currency notes stashed under the beds of government officers? Or by reports of cash found in gunny bags?

The magnitude of cash in circulation is directly linked to the level of corruption. Inflation becomes worse through the deployment of cash earned in corrupt ways. The poor have to bear the brunt of this. It has a direct effect on the purchasing power of the poor and the middle class. You may yourself have experienced when buying land or a house, that apart from the amount paid by check, a large amount is demanded in cash. This creates problems for an honest person in buying property. The misuse of cash has led to artificial increase in the cost of goods and services like houses, land, higher education, health care and so on.

High circulation of cash also strengthens the hawala trade which is directly connected to black money and illegal trade in weapons. Debate on the role of black money in elections has been going on for years.

Brothers and sisters,

To break the grip of corruption and black money, we have decided that the 500 rupee and 1,000 rupee currency notes presently in use will no longer be legal tender from midnight tonight, that is 8th November 2016. This means that these notes will not be acceptable for transactions from midnight onwards. The 500 and 1,000 rupee notes hoarded by anti-national and anti-social elements will become just worthless pieces of paper. The rights and the interests of honest, hard-working people will be fully protected. Let me assure you that notes of 100, 50, 20, 10, five, two  and one rupee and all coins will remain legal tender and will not be affected.

This step will strengthen the hands of the common man in the fight against corruption, black money and fake currency. To minimize the difficulties of citizens in the coming days, several steps are being taken.

1. Persons holding old notes of 500 or 1,000 rupees can deposit these notes in their bank or post office accounts from 10th November till close of banking hours on 30th December 2016 without any limit.

2. Thus you will have 50 days to deposit your notes and there is no need for panic.

3. Your money will remain yours. You need have no worry on this point.

4. After depositing your money in your account, you can draw it when you need it.

5. Keeping in mind the supply of new notes, in the first few days, there will be a limit of 10,000 rupees per day and 20,000 rupees per week. This limit will be increased in the coming days.

6. Apart from depositing your notes in your bank account, another facility will also be there.

7. For your immediate needs, you can go to any bank, head post office or sub post office, show your identity proof like Aadhaar card, voter card, ration card, passport, PAN card or other approved proofs, and exchange your old 500 or 1,000 rupee notes for new notes.

8. From 10th November till 24th November the limit for such exchange will be 4,000 rupees. From 25th November till 30th December, the limit will be increased.

9. There may be some who, for some reason, are not able to deposit their old 500 or 1,000 rupee notes by 30th December 2016.

10. They can go to specified offices of the Reserve Bank of India up to 31st March 2017 and deposit the notes after submitting a declaration form.

11. On 9th November and in some places on 10th November also, ATMs will not work. In the first few days, there will be a limit of 2,000 rupees per day per card.

12. This will be raised to 4,000 rupees later.

13. 500 and 1,000 rupee notes will not be legal tender from midnight. However for humanitarian reasons, to reduce hardship to citizens, some special arrangements have been made for the first 72 hours, that is till midnight on 11th November.

14. During this period, government hospitals will continue to accept 500 and 1,000 rupee notes for payment.

15. This is for the benefit of those families whose members may be unwell.

16. Pharmacies in government hospitals will also accept these notes for buying medicines with doctors’ prescription.

17. For 72 hours, till midnight on 11th November, railway ticket booking counters, ticket counters of government buses and airline ticket counters at airports will accept the old notes for purchase of tickets. This is for the benefit of those who may be travelling at this time.

18. For 72 hours, 500 and 1,000 rupee notes will be accepted also at

  • Petrol, diesel and CNG gas stations authorized by public sector oil companies

  • Consumer co-operative stores authorized by State or Central Government

  • Milk booths authorized by State governments

  • Crematoria and burial grounds.

These outlets will have to keep proper records of stock and collections.

19. Arrangements will be made at international airports for arriving and departing passengers who have 500 or 1,000 rupee notes of not more than 5,000 rupees, to exchange them for new notes or other legal tender.

20. Foreign tourists will be able to exchange foreign currency or old notes of not more than Rs 5,000 into legal tender.

21. One more thing I would like to mention, I want to stress that in this entire exercise, there is no restriction of any kind on non-cash payments by checks, demand drafts, debit or credit cards and electronic fund transfer.

Brothers and sisters,

In spite of all these efforts there may be temporary hardships to be faced by honest citizens. Experience tells us that ordinary citizens are always ready to make sacrifices and face difficulties for the benefit of the nation. I see that spirit when a poor widow gives up her LPG subsidy, when a retired school teacher contributes his pension to the Swacch Bharat mission, when a poor Adivasi mother sells her goats to build a toilet, when a soldier contributes 57,000 rupees to make his village clean. I have seen that the ordinary citizen has the determination to do anything, if it will lead to the country’s progress.

So, in this fight against corruption, black money, fake notes and terrorism, in this movement for purifying our country, will our people not put up with difficulties for some days? I have full confidence that every citizen will stand up and participate in this ‘mahayagna’. My dear countrymen, after the festivity of Diwali, now join the nation and extend your hand in this Imandaari ka Utsav, this Pramanikta ka Parv, this celebration of integrity, this festival of credibility.

I am sure that all political parties, all governments, social services organizations, the media and indeed all sections of the society will take part in this with enthusiasm and make it a success.

My dear countrymen,

Secrecy was essential for this action. It is only now, as I speak to you, that various agencies like banks, post offices, railways, hospitals and others are being informed. The Reserve Bank, banks and post offices have to make many arrangements at very short notice. Obviously, time will be needed. Therefore all banks will be closed to the public on 9th November. This may cause some hardship to you. I have full faith that banks and post offices will successfully carry out this great task of national importance. However, I appeal to all of you to help the banks and post offices to meet this challenge with poise and determination.

My dear citizens,

From time to time, based on currency needs, the Reserve Bank with the approval of the Central Government brings out new notes of higher value. In 2014, the Reserve Bank sent a recommendation for issue of 5,000 and 10,000 rupee notes. After careful consideration, this was not accepted. Now as part of this exercise, RBI’s recommendation to issue 2,000 rupee notes has been accepted. New notes of 500 rupees and 2,000 rupees, with completely new design will be introduced. Based on past experience, the Reserve Bank will hereafter make arrangements to limit the share of high denomination notes in the total currency in circulation.

In a country’s history, there come moments when every person feels he too should be part of that moment, that he too should make his contribution to the country’s progress. Such moments come but rarely. Now, we again have an opportunity where every citizen can join this mahayajna against the ills of corruption, black money and fake notes. The more help you give in this campaign, the more successful it will be.

It has been a matter of concern for all of us that corruption and black money tend to be accepted as part of life. This type of thinking has afflicted our politics, our administration and our society like an infestation of termites. None of our public institutions is free from these termites.

Time and again, I have seen that when the average citizen has to choose between accepting dishonesty and bearing inconvenience, they always choose to put up with inconvenience. They will not support dishonesty.

Once again, let me invite you to make your contribution to this grand sacrifice for cleansing our country, just as you cleaned up your surroundings during Diwali.

Let us ignore the temporary hardship.

Let us join this festival of integrity and credibility.

Let us enable coming generations to live their lives with dignity.

Let us fight corruption and black money.

Let us ensure that the nation’s wealth benefits the poor.

Let us enable law-abiding citizens to get their due share.

I am confident in the 125 crore people of India and I am sure country will get success.

Thank you very much. Thanks a lot.


Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

Yes, you can still file your return. Belated returns can be filed in the next two years till 31st March of the second year.

For example – if you miss your due date of 31st July 2016 for F.Y. 2015-16, you can still file your return till 31st March, 2018.

However, after the due date has beencrossed, interest is charged on the amount of tax that has to be deposited with the department and if return is filed after the end of one year from 31st march of financial year for which you missed return, then penalty can be imposed of Rs 5000/- u\s 271F by department. Keep in mind that returns filed after the due date cannot be revised.

In case you don’t file your return, a notice can be issued by the Income Tax Department. Any business losses during the year will not be allowed to carry forward to the next years. A penalty may be imposed u/s 271F and interest will be charged at the rate of 1% per month on your tax liability. Other consequences may also be there as per Income Tax Act, 1961.

Normally, the due date of filing of income tax return for individuals is 31st July falling after the end of every financial year i.e. 31st March.