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6 Common Income Tax Notices: A Complete Guide for Salaried Individuals

Fri Jun 16 2023

Receiving an income tax notice can be alarming for any salaried individual. However, it is crucial to comprehend that these notices are typically issued to rectify errors or collect additional information. This blog aims to explain six commonly encountered income tax notices served to salaried individuals, shedding light on their implications. When confronted with an income tax notice, individuals often experience apprehension and uncertainty. It is essential to approach the situation with a calm and informed mindset. These notices serve various purposes, such as verifying discrepancies in income reported, seeking clarification on specific transactions, or conducting audits for a thorough examination.

By understanding the types of income tax notices and their underlying implications, individuals can better navigate through the process, ensuring compliance with tax regulations and minimising potential penalties. Knowledge of these notices enables individuals to promptly address the issues, provide accurate information, and cooperate with the tax authorities, resolving the matter efficiently. Throughout this blog, I will explain the most common notices in detail, outlining their specific characteristics, potential reasons for issuance, and the steps individuals should take to respond effectively.

1. Intimation under Section 143(1):

Under Section 143(1), an intimation is sent by the Income Tax Department to inform taxpayers about any mathematical errors or necessary changes in their tax returns. This notice does not require any further action and may pertain to issues such as eligibility for tax refunds or outstanding tax or interest amounts. The computer system typically generates it in response to erroneous tax claims or mathematical discrepancies.

2. Notice Under Section 142(1) to Inquire Before Assessment:

The assessing officer sends a notice under Section 142(1) when additional documents or information is required to assess the taxpayer's returns. It can also be issued if the return still needs to be filed. Failure to respond to this notice can lead to penalties or imprisonment. This notice aims to gather more information about the taxpayer before making a final assessment.

3. Section 139(9): Defective Income Tax Return:

If the Assessing Officer determines that there is a defect in the income tax return filed by the taxpayer, a notice under Section 139(9) is issued. The notice specifies the error and provides an opportunity to rectify it within 15 days. Failure to respond within the stipulated time can result in the rejection of the return. Common mistakes include incorrect or incomplete details in the return. Taxpayers can either agree or disagree with the assessment made by the Assessing Officer and provide their reasons for any discrepancies.

4. Notice under Section 143(2):

A notice under Section 143(2) informs the taxpayer that their tax return has been selected for examination. The purpose of this notice is to scrutinise the return for potential underpayment of taxes, excessive loss claims, or understatement of income. Taxpayers must respond to the questionnaire provided along with the necessary documentation within the specified time frame.

5. Section 156: Notice of Demand:

A notice of demand under Section 156 is served when a tax, penalty, fine, or any other amount is due from the taxpayer's account. This notice is usually issued after the assessment of the tax return. Taxpayers are given 30 days to pay the outstanding amount mentioned in the notice. There is no specific time limit for issuing this notice, and it may also be referred to as a notice of income tax under sections 143(1) or 200A.

6. Notice Under 148: Commence Proceedings:

A notice under Section 148 is issued when the assessing officer decides to reopen a previously concluded case due to the absence of any report of chargeable income in the tax return. The assessing officer must have a valid reason to reopen the case and provide an explanation for issuing the notice.


These are six standard income tax notices that salaried individuals may receive. It is essential to understand the nature of the notice and respond within the specified time frame to avoid any penalties or legal consequences. Suppose you have any doubts or concerns regarding these notices. In that case, it is advisable to seek professional advice from a tax consultant or startup such as TaxNodes to ensure compliance with tax regulations.

Astik Dubey

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