Income Tax Department Tightens Grip on Companies' Advance Tax Payments

Posted on    30 May 2023

The income tax department is closely monitoring advance tax payments by scrutinising companies' annual and quarterly balance sheets, as well as sectoral growth trends in an earnest attempt to ensure organisations do not delay their tax liabilities for the financial year.

As per the tax department's central action plan for 2023-24, financial reports of the top 100 listed companies in their last published annual reports, and quarterly reports through the year, will be examined. According to this study, senior officers will monitor the advance tax collection, and they have been asked to concentrate on "notes" and observations on financial accounts, if any.


Sectors under scanner

Citing unnamed sources, it was reported that tax sleuths will also examine growth trends in some sectors such as real estate, pharmaceuticals, steel, mining, financial institutions, and gems & jewellery.

"It is pertinent to study the balance sheets of companies in each sector to know whether the payment made by them is in sync with their earnings outlook," a tax official said on condition of anonymity.

Advance tax payment is the process of paying tax before the end of the financial year, on income you earned in the same year. Companies and partnership firms pay taxes in four instalments on June 15, September 15, December 15 and March 15.

Companies would pay the first instalment of advance tax by June 15. A strategy has been chalked out to carry out quality checks before raising tax demand, and to pay special attention to recovery of dues.

Officials said that the idea is aimed at widening the tax net. Under this action plan, greater focus will be put on tax collection at source and enforcement mechanisms will be used to check tax evasion. It is likely that this will increase the taxpayer base by 10 percent by 2023-24.

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