Tax Audit Limit: Section 44ab(e) of the Income Tax Act For AY 2021-22

Tax audit is governed by income tax law, as the name suggests, a tax audit is an examination or review of accounts of any business or profession carried out by taxpayers from an income tax point of view. Section 44AB gives the provision relating to the class of taxpayers who are required to get their account audited from a chartered accountant. In this article, we will try to clear all doubts regarding the applicability of Section 44ab(e) of the Income Tax Act For AY 2021-22.

Section 44 AB of Income Tax Act

Section 44 AB- This section deals with the tax audit limit and provision of Tax Audit. Through Finance Act 2020, the government has inserted a new limit of turnover of Rs. 5 crores and exempt them from tax audit subject to some specified condition.

Although section 44AB limit is still Rs. 1 crore and 44AD limit is 2 Crore (except specified above). So it creates a lot of confusion among stakeholders regarding the tax audit limit AY 2021-22.

Here in this post we will discuss only Section 44ab(e) of the Income Tax Act For AY 2021-22.

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Section 44ab(e) of the Income Tax Act For AY 2021-22

Section 44AB of Income Tax Act, 1961, comprises many clauses and sub-clauses but here we only discuss clause (e) of this section.

Let’s understand the provision of section 44AB (with clause “e” only):-

EXTRACT OF Section 44AB – Audit of accounts of certain persons carrying on business or profession.

Every person,—

(e) carrying on the business shall, if the provisions of sub-section (4) of section 44AD are applicable in his case (Person declare his income lower than the deemed profit) and his income exceeds the maximum amount which is not chargeable to income-tax in any previous year, get his accounts of such previous year audited by an accountant before the specified date and furnish by that date the report of such audit in the prescribed form duly signed and verified by such accountant and setting forth such particulars as may be prescribed :

Provided that this section shall not apply to the person, who declares profits and gains for the previous year in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 44AD and his total sales, turnover, or gross receipts, as the case may be, in business does not exceed two crore rupees in such previous year:

Tax Audit Limit AY 2021-22

The chart below will throw some extra light on the provision mention above and show clearly about Tax Audit Limit for AY 2021-22.

Tax Audit Limit for Individual/HUF/firm engaged in Business

Here is the chart for all sub-clause of section 44AB, you can refer to each of them, and for Section 44ab(e) of the Income Tax Act For AY 2021-22 refer to the last row of the below chart-

Turnover of Previous yearNet profit (%)Condition of cash payment and cash receipts *Tax Audit Applicability
More than 5 CroreNANAYes, 44 AB(a)
 2-5 croreNAIf less than 5%No
 2-5 croreNAIf more than 5%Yes, 44 AB(a)
1-2 CroreMore than 8% or 6% of turnoverNANo
1-2 CroreLess than 8% or 6% of turnoverNAYes, 44 AB(a)
Up to 1 CroreMore than 8% or 6% of turnoverNANo
Up to 1 CroreLess than 8% or 6% of turnoverNAYes, 44AD (e)
Section 44ab(e) of the Income Tax Act For AY 2021-22

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Notes- Important Points

Due date of Tax Audit:- For every year, the due date of furnishing the tax audit report is 30th September of the subsequent year. For AY 2021-22, to mitigate the difficulties faced by taxpayers due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the due date of the income tax audit report has been extended to 15th January 2022.

The penalty u/s 44AB- If the assessee fails to conduct the audit, he is liable for a penalty of the lower of the following:-

👉 0.5% of Turnover or gross receipts.

👉 Rs. 1,50,000/-

Section 44AD applicability- This section is only applicable to Individual/HUF/ firm.

Changes:- Due to proposed changes it can be summarized as below:

* The tax audit limit AY 2021-22 is Rs. 5 crores for the person who is carrying on business and fulfills the below conditions-

(i)  The aggregate of all amounts received including the amount received for sales, turnover, or gross receipts during the previous year, in cash, does not exceed five percent of the total turnover/gross receipts; and

(ii)  The aggregate of all payments made including the amount incurred for expenditure, in cash, during the previous year does not exceed five percent of the total payment.

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Compiled by- CA Chirag Agarwal (Practicing Chartered Accountants)

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