Non-filers of income tax get 21-day window to file tax returns

If you are a non-filer, you should assess your tax liability for AY 2018-19 and file the ITR or submit online response within 21 days

Kumar Shankar Roy Jan 24, 2019

income tax filingThe Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is identifying people who have not yet filed their income tax return. The Non-filers Monitoring System (NMS) uses data analytics and aims to identify and monitor people who enter into high-value transactions, and have potential tax liabilities but have still not filed their tax returns. So, such individuals who have carried out high value transactions but have not filed their income tax returns for the assessment year 2018-19 have now been given 21 days time to submit their responses or file returns.

CBDT analysis

The CBDT analysed the data to identify non-filers about whom specific information was available in the database of the Income Tax Department.

Examples of such collected information includes statement of financial transactions (SFT), tax deduction at source (TDS), tax collection at source (TCS), information about foreign remittances, exports and imports data etc. CBDT, however, did not disclose the number of such non-filers.

Tax non-filers spotted

The CBDT data analysis has identified several potential non-filers who have carried-out high-value transactions in Financial Year 2017-18 but have not yet filed their Income Tax Return (ITR) for Assessment Year 2018-19.

Thus, such individuals have now got 21 days to submit a suitable response to the taxman.

The 21-day time period would be from the date of receiving e-mail or SMS from the I-T Department regarding non-filing of tax returns.

What Now

If you are a non-filer, you should assess your tax liability for AY 2018-19 and file the ITR or submit online response within 21 days.

There is no need to visit any Income Tax office for submitting a response as the entire process is to be completed online.

If the explanation offered is found satisfactory, matters will be closed online.

However, in cases where no return is filed or no response is received, initiation of proceedings under I-T Act 1961 will be considered, the CBDT has said.

Taxpayers can access information related to their case from the compliance portal’ accessible through the e-filing portal —

The PAN holder should submit the response electronically and keep a printout of the submitted response for record purposes. User guide and FAQs are provided under the Resources menu.

Kumar Shankar Roy

Kumar Shankar Roy is contributing editor with RupeeIQ. Kumar is a financial journalist, with a functional experience of 15 years. He tracks mutual funds, insurance, pension, PMS, fixed income/debt and alternative investments markets closely. He has worked for The Times of India, The Hindu Business Line, Deccan Chronicle Group, DNA, and Value Research, among others, across different cities in India. He is deeply interested in marrying data insights with actionable opinion. He can be contacted at

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