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Mandatory validation of UDIN in all Income Tax Forms released by ICAI

ICAI Mandatory validation of UDIN

An Advisory on Mandatory validation of UDIN in all IT Forms has been released by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India ( ICAI ). And according to a press release released in the month of November, CBDT is verifying the Unique Document Identification Number (UDIN) which is generated from the ICAI portal during the time of uploading tax audit and other income tax reports.

Now, Tax reports or forms will be considered valid only when their UDINs get successfully validated by the e-filing portal of CBDT. The CA can complete the process either immediately or during the additional 15 days time period provided by the authorities to update its UDIN on the CBDT e-filing portal.

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    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has again extended the last date of updating the Unique Document Identification Number (UDIN) at the e-filing web portal of the Income Tax Department from 31st January 2022 To 30th June 2022.

    Extended due dates of Income Tax Return (ITR) for the financial year 2020-21 (AY 2021-22) , Tax Audit & TP Audit  for AY 2021-22

    ParticularsDue DateExtended to (As per Circular No. 9/2021 dated 20.05.2021)Further Extended (As per Circular No. 17/2021 dated 09.09.2021)
    Furnishing of Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-22 (Non-Auditable Assessee)31st July 202130th September 202131st December 2021
    Furnishing of Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-22 (Auditable Assessee)31st October 202130th November 202115th February 2022
    Furnishing of Audit Report for the Financial Year 2020-2130th September 202131st October 202115th January 2022
    Furnishing of Transfer Pricing Report U/s 92E for the Financial Year 2020-2131st October 202130th November 202131st January 2022
    Furnishing of Return of Income in case of Transfer Pricing30th November 202131st December 202128th February 2022
    Furnishing of belated/revised Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-2231st December 202131st January 202231st March 2022

    UDIN is being validated by the online e-filing portal along with ICAI’s UDIN portal on three parameters:

    • Membership Number of Member (MRN)
    • UDIN
    • Income Tax Form Number

    Therefore, If CA selected a form number on the UDIN portal while generating the UDIN, then he/she need to select the same form number on the e-filing portal during the updation of UDIN at the time of uploading report or within 15 days buffer time after that.

    Thus, members are also requested to make sure that the appropriate form number is selected from the drop-down panel of the UDIN portal. For reference, The authorities also provided the list of IT online forms from the drop-down option of the UDIN portal under the GST and Tax Audit category, the same can be viewed on the official portal.

    CBDT added the function for members to allow mentioning UDIN in IT form on the e-filing portal from April 27, 2020. It is seen that some members may have generated the UDIN for the IT form in time, but there was some lapse in updating it on the e-filing portal.

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    As per ICAI, the CBDT has granted a one-time waiver by allowing UDIN to be updated for the latest forms by December 31, 2020, to make these forms valid. For the same, such members are requested to update the UDINs on the e-filing portal as soon as possible, but no later than December 31, 2020, for all concerned, IT forms uploaded from April 27, 2020, to November 26, 2020, by them.

    For the convenience of members, tutorials with steps and screenshots are also made available by the authorities on the portal. Members need to keep in mind that UDIN will be treated as used only when it is accepted by the taxpayer. After updating the UDIN by the member, the e-filing portal automatically verifies it and if it is found to be not verified the portal will show an error message.

    ICAI also reminded that now the Form or tax audit report without valid UDIN will be considered invalid if the valid UDIN has not been updated within the permissible time limit of 15 days. Another fact is that the IT form will be considered valid only if it has a valid verified UDIN and the taxpayer has accepted the form. it is also recommended that the member should file the tax audit report without waiting for the last date.

    Read more official Announcemt by ICAI : Click here

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