Notice for Defective Return u/s 139(9): How to Respond?
Notice for defective return u/s 139(9)
There may be some mistake(s) that you might have made at the time of filing your income tax return. These mistake(s) make your return “defective” and you’re issued a notice of defective return u/s 139(9).
Common errors that can make your return “defective”?
Not filling the annexure, statements and columns in the income tax return that must be duly filled wherever required. For example, while claiming deduction u/s 80G, the details in its schedule is not filled or wrongly filled.
Tax together with interest, if any is paid before filing the return and all the details relating to it is not filled. For example, BSR code, Date of challan should be correctly filled.
Tax actually paid does not match with the tax payable in the income tax return or taxes are not paid in full.
The name, date of birth does or gender not match with the PAN provided in the return.
While filing ITR 4, total presumptive income is shown less than 8% or 6 %of gross turnover or receipts as the case may be then in that case ITR 3 should have been filed.
The Gross receipts is not mentioned in the Profit & Loss A/c Or the Gross receipt or income u/s 44AD is shown more than Rs. 2 Crore in ITR 4.
If you have file your return u/s 44ADA with the gross receipt more than 50 Lakhs without Balance sheet and Profit & Loss, then notice will be recieved for filing ITR-3 with B/s and P&L Statement.
Where you’re required to maintain regular books of account such as Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss statement, but they have not been filled in the return while filing it.
Return has been filed with refund in the computation of tax but there’s no refund receivable.
Return has been filed with Tax payable in the computation of tax but there’s no tax payable or some related issue.
Tax deducted has been claimed as a refund, but no income details are provided in the return.
No income details has been provided in ITR but details regarding taxes paid have been provided.
Okay, so what shall I do now?
Once you’ve been served with notice of defective return u/s 139(9), then you must correct your return by revising it within 15 days from the receipt of intimation by the Income Tax Department. You can apply for extension also by writing an application to the Assessing Officer (A.O.). So even after 15 days have been elapsed, you can still write an application to the A.O. and he might extend deadline of filing revised return.
What will happen if I don’t do anything after receiving notice for defective return u/s 139(9)?
Your defective return will be treated as good as non-filed return which means the Income Tax Department will consider as if you’ve not filed return for that year.
How Shall I file the revised return u/s 139(9)?
Step 1: Login to www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in with your user ID, Password and Date of Birth/Incorporation.
Step 2: Click on tab “e-file” and in the drop-down select “e-File in response to notice u/s 139(9)”
Step 3: On successful validation, you’ll find notice for defective return u/s 139(9) if any issued to you.
Step 4: Click on submit and you’ll see the below image if defective notice is raised by Assessing Officer (A.O.):
Step 5: Now fill your Income Tax Return by rectifying the defect by selecting “Return u/s 139(9) and mention date of original return and acknowledgement number. Once you do that then generate its xml file and upload it in the above screen. After that you’ll see the following message and your work is done.
Step 6: For defective notice raised by CPC, the below screen will be displayed:
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Step 7: Now if you agree with the effect then just fill your Income Tax Return by rectifying the defect by selecting “Return u/s 139(9) and mention date of original return and acknowledgement number. Once you do that then generate its xml file and upload it in the above screen. After that you’ll see the below screen:
Step 8: But if you do not agree with the defect then select “No” and give “Assessee Remarks” and click submit. After that Income Tax Department, shall take follow up regarding it.
I selected “No” in “Do you agree with defect” by mistake while submitting response for defective return. Can I change it?
You can withdraw the response selected by you at the time of submitting the response for defective return within 3 days of submission by clicking on withdraw link under Response column. You’ll get the below screen:
Just select on confirm withdrawal and the response that you had submitted will be withdraw and you’ll get the below success message:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q- How do I resolve error code 31 in a defective income tax return?
Error Code 31 appears when return has been filed under the head of income from business and profession and the balance sheet has not been filed by the assessee. In this case assessee should revise his return and file all the relevant information.
Q- How do I respond to a notice under section 139(9) with error code 38 from the Income Tax Department?
This error occurs if tax payable in return filed is more than tax paid.To resolve this error, tax should be paid in full with interest to the Income tax department in revised return.
Q- I am freelancer The payment is monthly and TDS is deducted every month. I filed ITR-4. I got response from Income tax department for defective return?
If the tax hsa been deducted by the deductor under section 192 , then return should be filed in ITR 1 instead of ITR 4, this can be one reason for defective return.Instead of this , defective return can be considered if, tax payable in return is not paid while filing return, where balance sheet figures were required, not filled.
Q- Why does my ITR status suggest, “no further action required as the latest return is taken for processing?"
It means that return is error free and all the defects have been removed and is taken for processing.
Q- How do I pay my remaining income tax after notice u/s 139(9)?
To pay the remaining income tax u/s 139(9) of the Income Tax Act, 1961:
File your revised return and generate XML for the same.
Then login to income tax portal.
Go to e-file dropdown and select e-file response u/s 139(9).
Browse XML generated in the response
And revised return and response under section 139(9) is filed
Q- Invalid returns u/s 139(9), can I file it again as fresh return for that AY?
Notice u/s 139(9) is issued when return is found defective and a period of 15 days is provided to the assessee to resolve the same, however if assessee fails to do so, the return is considered as defective and treated as return has never been filed. If assessee wants to file return later, then he can do so by filing belated return , but the last date for belated return is end of the relevant assessment year.
Q- How can I face a u/s 139 (9) error code 89 notice?
Error code 89 occurs when return has been filed under section 44ADA but nature of business does not qualify as profession.To remove the error, one should file the revised return correcting the section under which has income has been filed .
Abhishek Soni is a Chartered Accountant by profession & entrepreneur by passion. He is the co-founder & CEO of Tax2Win.in. Tax2win is amongst the top 25 emerging startups of Asia and authorized ERI by the Income Tax Department. In the past, he worked in EY and comes with wide industry experience from telecom, retail to manufacturing to entertainment where he has handled various national and international assignments.