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Income Tax: Why did some taxpayers receive notice for discrepancy in house rent receipt? IT Dept explains
April, 09th 2024

Income Tax Filing, HRA Mismatch Claims: Income Tax Department cleared the air on Monday with regards to corrective action taken against those furnishing incorrect data while filing Income Tax Returns. The IT Dept stated that although there have been certain instances of mismatch of information, as filed by the taxpayer and as available with the Income Tax Department, have come to the notice of the Department as part of its routine exercise of verification of data. 

In such cases, the Income Tax Department stated that it has alerted the taxpayers to enable them to take corrective action. 

However, the tax department informed that certain posts on social media, as well as articles in the media, have highlighted enquiries initiated by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in cases where employees have made incorrect claims of HRA and rent paid.

Cleating the air, the IT Department stated that any apprehensions about retrospective taxation on these matters and re-opening of cases on issues pertaining to HRA claims is completely baseless.

HRA Mismatch Claims: What exactly happened?

In a statement, the IT Department informed that data analysis was carried out in some high-value cases of mismatch between the rent paid by the employee and receipt of rent by the recipient for the FY 2020-21.

However, it added that "this verification was done in a small number of cases without re-opening bulk of cases, especially since Updated Return for FY 2020-21 (AY 2021-22) could have been filed by the taxpayers concerned only till 31.03.2024." 

The taxman informed that the objective of the e-verification was to alert cases of mismatches of information for FY 2020-21 only without affecting the others.  

It reiterated that there is no special drive to re-open such cases, and media reports alleging that large-scale re-opening is being undertaken by the Department are completely misplaced.

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