You receive an income tax Demand notice u/s 156 of the income tax act when the Assessing Officer (A.O.) raises demand for any tax, interest, penalty, fine, or any other sum to be payable by you as a result of any order passed under the Income Tax Act.
Notice for sum payable u/s 143(1), 200A (1), 206CB (1) shall be deemed to be Notice of Demand u/s 156 of the income tax act.
The amount you pay under this notice shall be paid within 30 days of receipt. However, the A.O., in some cases if he has a reason to believe that allowing a period of thirty days will be detrimental to the Income Tax Department. with prior approval from the Joint Commissioner of Income Tax (JCIT), can ask you to deposit the amount in less than 30 days.
Notice for income tax demand notice under section 156 of Income Tax act is a notice issued by the Assessing Officer when any tax, interest, penalty, fine, or any other sum is payable by the assessee as a result of any order passed under the Income Tax Act. The notice specifies the amount and the due date of payment, which is usually 30 days from the receipt of the notice.
Four options are available for a taxpayer to respond against an outstanding income tax demand notice. Given below are the options:
Step 1 : Login into your income tax e-filing portal with your user id and password.
Step 2 : Select the option of Pending Actions-> Response to Outstanding Tax Demand
Step 3 : Click on submit response
Step 4 : In the next step, you will be taken to the given below screen and the options discussed above will be displayed.
If you agree with the demand, select the Demand is Correct option and the disclaimer on the Response to Outstanding Amount page. “Once you submit the response as “Demand is correct”, then you cannot Disagree with Demand later on” as displayed here:-
On the same page, select the Not paid yet option and click Pay Now; then, you will be taken to the e-Pay Tax page where you can make the tax payment. A success message and a Transaction ID are displayed on successful payment. Please keep a note of the Transaction ID for future reference.
If demand is already paid, select Yes, Already paid, and Challan has CIN. Click Add Challan Details.
To add the challan details, select Type of Payment (minor head), enter Challan Amount, BSR Code, Serial Number, select Date of Payment, and remarks if any(Optional). Click Attachment to upload the copy of the challan (Attachment can be in application/pdf format) and click Save.
After entering the Challan details, click Submit to submit the response and the details of the challan entered.
On successful validation, a success message is displayed along with a Transaction ID. Please keep a note of the Transaction ID for future reference as shown above.
On the Response to Outstanding Amount page, select Disagree with the demand (Either in full or in part) option. Click Add Reasons.
To select the reason(s) for your disagreement, select from the options and click Apply. (You can select one or more options.)
Reasons for Disagreement -
After selecting the appropriate reasons for your disagreement, select each reason you listed in Step 2 on the Response to Outstanding Amount page and enter the appropriate details for each reason.
Note: Completed status will be displayed against the reason you submitted the details.
After submission of details for all the reasons selected, click Pay Now to pay the remaining outstanding amount available in the payment summary (if you partially disagree).
Note: You will be taken to the e-Pay Tax page, where you can make the tax payment. After payment, you will be taken to the Response to Outstanding Amount page; click Submit to submit your response.
Click Confirm to confirm your submission.
A success message and a Transaction ID are displayed on successful submission. Please keep a note of the Transaction ID for future reference.
After Submission, you will get this type of info in response to outstanding demand:-
The assessee shall pay the amount of demand within 30 days from the date of service of notice. However, in some exceptional cases, the assessing officer may reduce the thirty-day period with prior approval of the joint commissioner.
An assessee can also apply to the AO to extend the time for payment or allow payment by installment, provided the application should be made before the expiry of thirty days.
Interest u/s 220(2) – Interest at a rate of one percent per month or part of the month, which is payable after the expiry of 30 days. Such interest shall be payable by the assessee even if the Assessing Officer has approved the application for an extension of the time period for the payment or allowed payment in installments.
Penalty u/s 221 – A penalty may be imposed by the Assessing Officer up to the amount demanded in the income tax demand notice, provided a reasonable opportunity of being heard is given to the assessee. No penalty shall be levied if the assessee proves that the default was for good and sufficient reasons.