CBDT refutes reports on special drive to reopen tax cases on HRA claims

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) clarified on Monday that the Income Tax Department is not carrying out any special drive to re-open cases on issues pertaining to HRA claims as has been reported in some sections of the media, triggering a scare among the taxpayers.

“Any apprehensions about retrospective taxation on these matters and re-opening of cases on issues pertaining to HRA claims is completely baseless,” said the CBDT, which is the apex decision-making body of the Income Tax Department.

“Data analysis was carried out in some high-value cases of mismatch between the rent paid by the employee and the receipt of rent by the recipient for FY 2020-21. This verification was done in a small number of cases without re-opening bulk of the cases, especially since updated return for FY 2020-21(AY 2021-22) could have been filed by the taxpayers concerned only till 31.03.2024,” the CBDT explained.

It is underlined that the objective of the e-verification was to alert cases of mismatches of information for FY 2020-21 only without affecting the others, the CBDT statement said.

It is reiterated that there is no special drive to re-open such cases, and media reports alleging that large-scale re-opening is being undertaken by the Department are completely misplaced, the statement added.

Certain instances of mismatch of information as filed by the taxpayers and as available with the Income Tax Department have come to the notice of the department as part of its routine exercise of verification of data.

In such cases, the department has alerted the taxpayers to enable them to take corrective action. However, some posts on social media, as well as articles in the media, have highlighted inquiries initiated by the CBDT in cases where employees have made incorrect claims of HRA and the rent paid.



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