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E filingofvariousauditreportsunder incometax E filingofvariousauditreportsunder incometax Presentation Transcript

  • CA. Deepak Bholusaria deepak@bholusaria.com e-Filing of audit report under Income Tax Act, 1961
  • • Assessee deliberately did not disclose some or all adverse remarks of Tax Audit Report. • Assessee didn’t disallow some expenses, even if they were disallowed by tax auditor. • Since Return of Income (ROI) did not contain tax audit report, it was not possible for department to trace such instances. • Many assessees used fake CA membership number, in his/its ROI. Even in many cases CA membership number of part-time COP Holder were also reported. Background
  • • Understanding key requirements for e-filing of audit reports. • Understanding types of audit reports which are not available for e-filing. • Discussion on flow of process and understanding each process thoroughly, along with demo on each process. • Challenges and solutions. • Tips and tricks. Goal and Objective
  • • Compatible operating system (XP/SP3, Win7/8 etc.) • Compatible Web browser (IE/Chrome/FireFox) • Internet connectivity • Java – Min. Ver should be JRE 1.7 update 13 • Offline report preparation software to generate XML file for respective audit report • Financial statements and other documents are signed and scanned • Valid digital signatures of auditor and assessee • Access credentials to e-filing portal Checklist
  • Type of various forms (other than ITR) available for e-filing
  • Provided that where an assessee is required to furnish a report of audit specified under: • sub-clauses (iv), (v), (vi) or (via) of clause (23C) of section 10, • section 10A, • clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 12A, • section 44AB, • section 80-IA, section 80-IB, section 80-IC, section 80-ID, • section 80JJAA, • section 80LA, • section 92E or • section 115JB of the Act he shall furnish the same electronically. Proviso to rule 12(2)*  No Audit report u/s 115JC is required to be e-filed
  • Total e-filing forms other than ITR - as on August 7, 2013 Total* Mandatory Optional 45 11 34 Total* Offline Online 45 5 40 Total* Initiated by CA Initiated by Assessee Both 45 19 25 1 * Form 3CA-3CD / 3CB-3CD counted as one form
  • Mandatory e-Audit reports as per proviso to rule 12(2) – For AY 2013-14 Relevant Section / clause Specified Audit Report Form No. 44AB 3CA-3CD or 3CB-3CD 12A(1)(b) 10B 10(23C)(iv)/(v)/(vi)/(via) 10BB 10A 56F 80-IA / 80-IC 10CCB 80-IB 10CCBD 80-ID 10CCBBA 80JJAA 10DA 80LA 10CCF 92E 3CEB 115JB 29B  Red coloured forms are online forms
  • What about audit reports for 44AD / 44AE / 44BB / 4BBB? • Reports for audits conducted under section 44AD or 44AE or 44BB or 44BBB are mandatorily required to be furnished electronically. • Audits conducted under Section 44AD & 44AE of the Income Tax Act, 1961 shall not be taken into account for the purpose of reckoning the “specified number of tax audit assignments as per guidelines* of ICAI.  *There is no reference to section 44BB/44BBB in ICAI guidelines
  • Report in form no. 29C u/s 115JC of Income Tax Act, 1961 is not at all available for e-filing either under online format or offline format. Report u/s section 115JC
  • Reports in form no. 10B/10BB are mandatorily required to be furnished electronically. Trusts required to obtain report in 10B/10BB
  • (for forms initiated by CA) Process Flow
  • Process flow 1. Register as Tax Professional – Chartered Accountant 2. Auditor ask assessee to add him/her using “Add CA” option. 3. Auditor has to Download offline utility and prepare XML file. 4. Auditor login to portal and upload digitally signed XML file and attachments. 5. Assessee login to portal accept filing. In case of rejection, auditor to repeat step 4. Filling Complete
  • Registration of Auditor
  • • Only Chartered Accountants holding full time active COP can register. • No firm can be registered as Tax Professional. • Only an Individual CA can register. All signing partners from a firm of Chartered accountants have to separately take registration. Registration – Tax professional
  • Basic info required for registration of CA: a. Six digit membership number b. Date of Enrolment as member of ICAI c. PAN d. Name e. DoB f. PAN Based digital signature Registration – Tax professional (as per PAN data) (should be same as per ICAI and ITD)
  • User id will be like this: First 4 alphabets are fixed – ARCA Next 6 digits – Your ICAI MRN In case you forget your password it can be retrieved using “forgot password” option. Registration – Tax professional 999999ARCA
  • Registration screen
  • Process flow 1. Register as Tax Professional – Chartered Accountant 2. Auditor ask assessee to add him/her using “Add CA” option. 3. Auditor has to Download offline utility and prepare XML file. 4. Auditor login to portal and upload digitally signed XML file and attachments. 5. Assessee login to portal accept filing. In case of rejection, auditor to repeat step 4. Filling Complete
  • Adding CA
  • • Akin to appointment of auditor (This will not replace standard procedure of obtaining formal appointment letter from assessee). • Before any auditor can upload digitally signed XML file of audit report, he has to seek authorisation from assessee. • Assessee logins to portal using his PAN based access credentials and authorise CA for a particular form and assessment year. • This is a one time exercise to be done by assessee every year. Adding CA
  • • Before an assessee can exercise “Add CA” option, an auditor (as Individual, not as firm) must be already registered on E-filing portal as “Tax Professional” • Auditor’s Tax Professional user id must be active. • Assessee may authorise one CA for more than 1 form for a particular assessment year in one go, if that CA has been appointed for all such audits (Eg., 3CB+3CEB+29B etc.) • Only one CA can be added for a particular form and assessment year. Adding CA
  • Q: What if an assessee has multiple divisions/businesses and has appointed multiple tax auditors for different divisions/businesses? A: In opinion of presenter/speaker, assessee shall have to appoint one tax auditor for the purpose of consolidated tax audit report. Such an auditor can either be from the pool of auditors already appointed for various divisions or additional auditor may be appointed. In opinion of presenter/speaker, in case of joint auditors also, assessee may nominate one of the joint auditors for the purpose of e-filing of audit report. Adding CA – Multiple Auditors
  • Assessee has to add membership number of that particular Tax Auditor, who has signed/will sign its financial statements. Even in cases where a firm of CA has been appointed as tax auditor, only the CA who has signed audit report on behalf of firm of CA has to be added. One member can not upload report on behalf of another member, even if another member is his partner. Only the signing member can upload report, since XML files have to digitally signed. Adding CA – Signing Member
  • Yes! To change CA, either of two options are available to assessee: a. He can simply use “Add CA” option and add membership number of new CA and select “Yes” when portal ask for replacement; or b. First go to “Dis-engage CA” sub-menu option in “My Account” menu, select CA to be removed and press “Dis-engage button. Post that, use “Add CA option” to add new CA. Can CA be changed?
  • Process flow 1. Register as Tax Professional – Chartered Accountant 2. Auditor ask assessee to add him/her using “Add CA” option. 3. Auditor has to Download offline utility and prepare XML file. 4. Auditor login to portal and upload digitally signed XML file and attachments. 5. Assessee login to portal accept filing. In case of rejection, auditor to repeat step 4. Filling Complete
  • Process flow 1. Register as Tax Professional – Chartered Accountant 2. Auditor ask assessee to add him/her using “Add CA” option. 3. Auditor has to Download offline utility and prepare XML file. 4. Auditor login to portal and upload digitally signed XML file and attachments. 5. Assessee login to portal accept filing. In case of rejection, auditor to repeat step 4. Filling Complete
  • Login and Upload
  • • Balance Sheet (or Statement of Affairs) and profit & loss account (or Income & Expenditure account) to be mandatorily attached with form 3CA/3CB or form 10BB, as the case may be. • Cost audit report / excise report will also be a mandatory attachment depending upon tax auditors answer in form 3CD. • No option for multiple attachments of a single set of document. • All attachments to be signed and scanned • Attachments to be in pdf/tiff format Technical requirements (offline mode)
  • • Total of all 4 attachments can not exceed 20MB – Fair Size (there is a conflict on this at various sections of portal) • There is no option to upload and store attachments on portal. • If due to any reason (connectivity etc.) link to portal is disconnected… entire attachments to be uploaded again. • XML file has to comply with latest Schema notified by ITD irrespective of preparation utility used. • Only CA who has signed audit report has to login and upload • User ID of the CA must be active at the time of upload Technical requirements (offline mode)
  • Process flow 1. Register as Tax Professional – Chartered Accountant 2. Auditor ask assessee to add him/her using “Add CA” option. 3. Auditor has to Download offline utility and prepare XML file. 4. Auditor login to portal and upload digitally signed XML file and attachments. 5. Assessee login to portal accept filing. In case of rejection, auditor to repeat step 4. Filling Complete
  • Process flow 1. Register as Tax Professional – Chartered Accountant 2. Auditor ask assessee to add him/her using “Add CA” option. 3. Auditor has to Download offline utility and prepare XML file. 4. Auditor login to portal and upload digitally signed XML file and attachments. 5. Assessee login to portal accept filing. In case of rejection, auditor to repeat step 4. Filling Complete
  • General FAQs
  • • The limit of 45 has been prescribed by ICAI not Income Tax Department • Yes, you can upload more than 45 audit reports, portal will happily accept more than 45 tax audit reports in form 3CA/3CB (with 3CD of course) Will portal accept more than 45 Tax Audit reports?  Peer review by ICAI
  • As per arrangement between ICAI and ITD, ITD will provide will provide periodic member wise upload position to ICAI. If portal can accept more than 45 reports, how will ICAI know? How will be 44AD/44AE reports identified? The MIS provided by ITD will segregate 44AD/AE and other reports.
  • As per arrangement between ICAI and ITD, ITD will provide will provide periodic member wise upload position to ICAI. If portal can accept more than 45 reports, how will ICAI know? How will be 44AD/44AE reports identified? The MIS provided by ITD will segregate 44AD/AE and other reports.
  • NO Do I need to file Director’s report? I am branch auditor. Do I need to e-file TAR? NO. Branch audit report will be consolidated with HO’ audit report and HO’ audit report need to be e-filed.
  • NO, all quantitative details need to be filled in XML format itself. Can any information like Quantitative Details be attached as annexure along with financial statements? I find filling details of additions/sale of Fixed Assets very cumbersome. Can I attach an annexure with financial statement? NO, all line items related to additions/sale of fixed assets needs to be filled in XML format itself.
  • No If an assessee has voluntarily got his account audited and obtained 3CB, then is it necessary to upload the audit report? Do I need to upload statutory audit report and financial statements, of a company not subjected to tax audit? Only ITR needs to be filed in this case.
  • Within how much period the assessee has to accept the audit report after being e-filed by auditor? No time limit per se. But it may be accepted before expiry of due date u/s 44AB to avoid penalty proceedings u/s 271B, since the day on which assessee accepts TAR filing, shall be considered as date of furnishing.
  • Questions please?
  • Thank you! CA. Deepak Bholusaria deepak@bholusaria.com