Threshold Limit for Tax Audit for the AY 2017-18
Yet tax audits for the AY 2016-17 are on their way and to finish before 30.09.2016 but we need to also keep in mind threshold limit applicable for the AY 2017-18 for compliance and planning purposes. The Finance Act 2016 (applicable for the AY 2017-18) has enhanced the turnover limit from Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 2 crores for assessee’s claiming presumptive taxation benefit under section (u/s) 44AD of the Income Tax Act 1961 (the Act).
This, therefore, created a doubt whether tax audit limit u/s 44AB of the Act is simultaneously increased from Rs. 1 crore to 2 crores or not.
The dust is set at rest by CBDT press release dated 20.06.2016 clarifying that higher threshold limit for non-audit of accounts has been given only to assesses opting for presumptive taxation scheme u/s 44AD of the Act. In other words, it means that turnover / total sales / gross receipt level fixed to be greater than Rs.1 crore attracting tax audit provisions u/s 44AB of the Act still prevails but assesses who claim benefit of section 44AD of the Act can avoid tax audit up to the total turnover limit of Rs. 2 crores even.
Above arrangements can be comprehended with the assistance of following cases even:
- Alpha Pvt. Ltd. having a total turnover of Rs. 125 lacs for the FY 2016-17 needs to get its books audited u/s 44AB of the Act as turnover has exceeded Rs. 1 crore. We all know that company assessee can’t avail benefit u/s 44AD of the Act thus threshold limit of Rs. 1 crore applicable as above.
- Mohanty and Co. (an organization firm) occupied with exchanging of electronic merchandise having a turnover of Rs. 165 lacs for the FY 2016-17 require not to get its records reviewed u/s 44AB of the Act as its turnover has not surpassed Rs. 2 crores (expecting that firm will offer business salary u/s 44AD of the Act). Be that as it may if the firm selects to be out of possible tax collection conspire u/s 44AD of the Act it needs to get books evaluated u/s 44AB of the Act.
- Mr. Girraj Malpani, proprietor of Goverdhan Associates having receipts of 137 lacs from commission by way of sourcing insurance and lending arrangements during the FY 2016-17 will need to get his accounts audited u/s 44AB of the Act because assesses earning commission income can’t avail benefit of section 44AD of the Act thus threshold limit of Rs. 1 crore shall be applicable.Credits: Anoop Bhatia