Solved! How to Check Income Tax Notice Fake or Genuine?

Income Tax Notice Fake or Genuine

The taxpayers who received notice or order from the Income Tax Department are now able to check whether it is genuine or fake. It can easily be checked through the facility provided the Income Tax Department on its official website. Till now, in order to check the genuineness of the Income Tax Notice/Orders, the attributes such as ‘Document Number’ or ‘PAN, Assessment Year, Notice Section, Month and Year of Issue’ are used by the taxpayers.

However, as per the lately issued circular from the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), every notice/order issued by the IT department will contain a computer-generated document identification number (DIN). And these notices will be issued after October 1, 2019, according to the press release issued by the IT department on 14 August 2019. While it suggests the notices/orders issued before October 1, 2019, will be uploaded to the department’s website to check genuineness with the DIN number.

How to Check Income Tax Notice by the Govt. I-T Portal

  • First and foremost, go to the Department’s official website at www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
  • Then proceed to the “Authenticate” tab under ‘Quick Links’ tab, there you will get the option of ‘Notice/order issue by ITD’ underneath.
  • Click on ‘Notice / Order Issue by ITD’ option will redirect you to a new web page on your computer screen. There you will get two options which will let you check the veracity of the notices/orders you have received. To do so, you can use either document number or PAN assessment year, notice section, month and year of issue, whichever suits your taste.
  • Enter valid captcha code and click on submit

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If the issued notice/order is valid or authentic, the same document will appear on the website. Also, you will be notified with the message-‘Yes, notice is valid and issued by the income tax authority. Surely, this facility will avail you in finding veracity of the notices/ orders received from the IT Dept. According to a tax expert, “Notices from the Income Tax Department can be used to check the veracity of orders sent by the tax authorities with the tools provided by the e-filing portal.

Using this tool, the Income taxpayer can easily identify fake e-mails and fake letters sent in the name of Income Tax Department. Any documents or notices sent to e-mail to the income taxpayer are also uploaded on the e-filing portal by the department, so their authenticity can be easily checked through this tool.”

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