FAQs on Due Date & Process to file Tax Audit Report | A.Y. 2021-22
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FAQ 1. What are the due dates for filing of tax audit report?
Ans. For the Assessment Year 2021-22, the due date for furnishing of tax audit report would be as under:
Type of Assessee
|Assessment year||Due date of tax audit report||
Due date for furnishing of ITR
|Any other person who is obliged to furnish the tax audit report||2021-22||15-01-2022||15-02-2022|
|Any person who is subject to the transfer pricing provisions||2021-22||31-01-2022||28-02-2022|
FAQ 2. How to furnish the tax audit report to Income-tax Dept.?
Ans. The audit report shall be filed electronically by the Chartered Accountant to the Income-tax Dept. The report shall be uploaded directly by the tax auditor at https://www.incometax.gov.in/. However, to furnish the report, the assessee has to authorise and appoint the Chartered Accountant from his e-filing account.
The date of approval of the report by the taxpayer is considered as the date of filing of the Audit Report. If the assessee does not accept/approve, the tax audit report will be considered as pending as if it has not been filed.
FAQ 3. How many tax audit reports a Chartered accountant can Sign?
Ans. A Chartered Accountant in practice can conduct 60 tax audits relating to an assessment year.
The ICAI had clarified that audit prescribed under any statute which requires the assessee to furnish an audit report in the form as prescribed under section 44AB of the Income-tax Act, shall not be considered for reckoning the specified number of tax audit assignments if the turnover of the auditee is below the turnover limit specified in section 44AB of the Income-tax Act. The ICAI has modified the guidelines on August 23, 2018 to provide that the audits conducted under Sections 44AD, 44ADA and 44AE of the Income-tax Act (Presumptive Taxation Schemes) shall not be considered for reckoning the ‘specified number of tax audit assignments.
FAQ 4. Does the tax auditor need to generate UDIN for the tax audit report?
Ans. Chartered Accountants with a full-time Certificate of Practice can register on UDIN Portal www.udin.icai.org and generate UDIN by registering the certificates attested/certified by them. UDIN is an 18-digit system-generated unique number for every document certified/attested by practicing Chartered Accountants. UDIN has been made mandatory from 1st July 2019 on all Corporate/ Non-Corporate Audit, Attest, and Assurance Functions.
While issuing the tax audit report under section 44AB of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the auditor should generate appropriate UDIN, and the same is also required to be updated at the e-filing portal.
FAQ 5. Whether a tax audit report can be revised?
Ans. ‘Guidance Note on Tax Audit under Section 44AB’ issued by the ICAI provides that the audit report under section 44AB should not usually be revised. However, sometimes a member may be required to revise his tax audit report on grounds such as:
- Revision of accounts of a company after its adoption in annual general meeting.
- Change of law, e.g., retrospective amendment.
- Change in interpretation, e.g., CBDT Circular, Judgments, etc.
Thus, once filed, a tax audit report can be revised on the above-mentioned grounds.
Further, the CBDT has notified that the person may revise the tax report by getting a revised report of audit from an accountant, duly signed and verified by such accountant, and furnish it before the end of the relevant assessment year for which the report pertains, if there is payment by such person after furnishing of original report which necessitates a recalculation of disallowance under section 40 or section 43B.
FAQ 6. Is there any penalty for the late filing of the audit report?
Ans. As per Section 271B, if any person fails to get his accounts audited or fails to furnish the report of the audit, the Assessing Officer may direct such person to pay a penalty of a sum equal to lower of following:
- 5% of the total sale, turnover or gross receipts; or
However, no penalty shall be imposed if such failure is due to a reasonable cause.
 Due date has been extended vide Circular No. 17/2021, dated 09-09-2021
 Due date has been extended vide Circular No. 17/2021, dated 09-09-2021.
 Notification No. G.S.R. 246(E) [NO. 28/2021/F. NO 370142/9/2018-TPL], dated 1-4-2021
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