Delhi High Court has in its recent ruling clarified that the extended 10-year review period for Income-Tax (I-T) assessments should only be applied when the assessee's alleged undisclosed income exceeds ₹50 lakh, The Times of India reported. It further clarified that below the specified threshold, assessments can only be reopened within a three-year period, the report added. This will be applicable to all review notices sent on or after April 1, 2021.
The court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed in FY16 and FY17, requesting validity of I-T notices issued under Section 148 of the I-T Act, while considering the "period of limitation" for reopening cases, it said. Petitioners argued that if the undisclosed income fell below ₹50 lakh, the stipulated three-year limitation, as per clause (a) of section 149(1), should be enforced. The extended 10-year limitation, they contended, was applicable only for income surpassing the ₹50 lakh mark.
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