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How to claim IT refund for FY 2015-16 & 2016-17

How to claim IT refund for FY 2015-16 & 2016-17

CBDT Circular No. 9/2015-Income Tax, dated 09th June 2015 provides assessee a right to apply for condonation of delay in claiming the refund or carry forward the losses. So, in case, a assessee has missed the deadline of March 31, 2018 to file the return for FY 2015-16 and FY 2016-17, he can claim the refund by following the guidelines as described in this circular. The gist of these guidelines can be described as further:

1. Such an application will be examined for acceptance/ rejection by the authority, based on the following criteria:

a) The claim is correct and genuine

b) There is a case of genuine hardship on merits.

c) Income is not assessable in the hands of any other person under the Income-tax Act

d) The refund has arisen because of excess tax deducted or tax collected at source, advance tax or self-assessment tax.

2. Authorities have been empowered to direct the jurisdictional Tax Officer to make necessary inquiry or scrutiny to ascertain the correctness of the claim.

3. Taxpayers can claim an additional refund even after completion of the assessment.

4. No interest would be admissible in case of belated claim of refunds.

5. The power to condone a delay has been delegated to various authorities as follows:

Amount of claim

Authority

Upto Rs. 10 lakh

Principal CIT/ CIT

More than Rs. 10 Lakhs and upto Rs. 50 lakhs

Principal CCIT/CCIT

More than Rs. 50 lakh

CBDT

6. The application should be ideally disposed of by the authorities within six months from the end of the month in which the application was received.

7. Application is to be made within six years from the end of the relevant assessment year. Therefore, for such taxpayers who have missed the deadline of March 31, 2018, can file such application by 31 March 2023 (for FY 2015-16) and 31 March 2024 (for FY 2016-17).

– For cases involving refund claim pursuant to a Court Order, the time limit of six years to exclude the period for which the proceedings were pending before any Court of Law. In such a case, the condonation application should be filed within six months from the end of the month in which Court order was issued or the end of financial year, whichever being later.

– Time limit of six years does not apply in the case of tax deducted at source by banks on interest in relation to 8% Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2003 at the time of maturity, resulting in mismatch between the year of recognition of income by the taxpayer (on mercantile basis, if any) and tax deducted at source.

To summarize the above matter, it can be said that you can file the above such application only in a case where you have claim for refund or c/f of losses.