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Notice of Income Tax Assessment made in the name of a deceased individual is not legal: Delhi HC

Notice of Income Tax Assessment made in the name of a deceased individual is not legal: Delhi HC

The Income Tax Assessment Notice issued in the name of the deceased person has been declared invalid by the Delhi High Court.

Dharamraj, the petitioner, has challenged the aforesaid notices and actions on the grounds that they were issued against a person who died before the notice was issued, rendering all proceedings illegal ab initio.

The contested notice was issued in the Assessee’s name under Section 148 of the Act. The petitioner alleges he never received the aforementioned notice. Following that, a notice under Section 142(1) of the Act was issued in the Assessee’s name. Due to the Assessee’s failure to respond to these notices, a Show Cause Notice was issued. Finally, the Assessee was hit with an assessment order. In the name of the Assessee, notices under Section 221(1) and Section 271(1) (b) of the Act were also issued.

The respondent claims that a notice under Section 148 of the Act was sent to the Assessee’s address, which is on file with the ITD. The notice was properly served because the respondent never responded. Following that, on the 30th of October 2019, a notice under Section 142 (1) was issued at the same location and served by the postal authorities. Because no answer to the messages was received, a Show Cause Notice dated 15.12.2019 was issued and sent again to the same address under Section 144 of the Act. On the 23rd of December 2019, an assessment order was issued under Section 144 of the Act, adding Rs.48,53,000 as an unexplained cash deposit under Section 69A of the Act. A Show Cause Notice was also served at the same address to start penalty proceedings under Sections 271(1)(c), 271(1)(b), and 271F. However, all correspondence should be addressed to the Assessee.

The division bench of Justice Navin Chawla and Justice Manmohan held that because the notice under Section 148 of the Act was issued against a deceased person, it is null and void, and that all subsequent proceedings or orders, including the assessment order and subsequent notices, are liable to be set aside because they are equally tainted.

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One response to “Notice of Income Tax Assessment made in the name of a deceased individual is not legal: Delhi HC”

  1. MAHESH KUMAR BUBNA says:

    I am a retired unemployed person I passed my graduation fin Commerce and joined Company Secretary Course but unfortunately I could not able to complete the course due to some domestic problem, but i was very interest to do legal degree but i did not get chance to join but i am a regular student of legal subject as on date. I am unable to pay any fees due to old age and unemployedv and if you permit can you continue to send me all news on legal matters relates to different laws.
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    Mahesh Kumar Bubna
    21st January 2022

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