Delay Condoned for Tax Audit Report in Form 10B by CBDT for AY 2016-17 & 2017-18


Delay Condoned for Tax Audit Report in Form 10B by CBDT for AY 2016-17 & 2017-18

The Circular read as under :

As per Rule 17B of the Income-tax Rules, 1962 (hereafter ‘Rules’) the audit report of the accounts of such a trust or institution is to be furnished in Form no. 10B. As per Rule 12(2) of the Rules, such audit report is to be furnished electronically. The failure to furnish such report in the prescribed form along with the return of income results in disentitlement of the trust from claiming exemption under sections 11 and 12 of the Act.

Representations have been received by the Board/field authorities stating that Form no. l0B could not be filed along with the return of income for AY 2016-17 and AY 2017-18. It has been requested that the delay in filing of Form no. 10B may be condoned. Previously, vide instruction in F. No. 267/482/77-IT(part) dated 09.02.1978, the CBDT had authorized the ITO to accept a belated audit report after recording reasons in cases where some delay has occurred for reasons beyond the control of the assessee.

Accordingly, in supersession of earlier Circular/Instruction issued in this regard, and with a view to expedite the disposal of applications filed by such trusts or institutions for condoning the delay in filing Form no. 10B and in exercise of the powers conferred under section 119(2) of the Act, the Central Board of Direct Taxes hereby directs that:

(i) The delay in filing of Form no. 10B for AY 2016 17 and AY 2017-18, in all such cases where the Audit Report for the previous year has been obtained before the filing of return of income and has been furnished subsequent to the filing of the return of income but before the date specified under section 139 of the Act is condoned.

(ii) In all other cases of belated applications in filing Form no. 10B for years prior to AY 2018-19, the Commissioners of Income-tax are authorized to admit such applications for condonation of delay u/ s 119(2)(b) of the Act. The Commissioners will while entertaining such belated applications in filing Form no. 10B shall satisfy themselves that the assessee was prevented by reasonable cause from filing such application within the stipulated time. Further, all such applications shall be disposed off by 30.09.2019.

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