INCOME TAX SECTION 276CC - Failure to furnish returns of income

Description

If a person wilfully fails to furnish in due time the return of fringe benefits which he is required to furnish under sub-section (1) of section 115WD or by notice given under sub-section (2) of the said section or section 115WH or the return of income which he is required to furnish under sub-section (1) of section 139 or by notice given under clause (i) of sub-section (1) of section 142 or section 148 or section 153A, he shall be punishable,- 

(i) in a case where the amount of tax, which would have been evaded if the failure had not been discovered, exceeds twenty-five hundred thousand rupees, with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to seven years and with fine; 

(ii) in any other case, with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three months but which may extend to two years and with fine: 

Provided that a person shall not be proceeded against under this section for failure to furnish in due time the return of fringe benefits under sub-section (1) of section 115WD or return of income under sub-section (1) of section 139- 

(i) for any assessment year commencing prior to the 1st day of April, 1975; or 

(ii) for any assessment year commencing on or after the 1st day of April, 1975, if- 

(a) the return is furnished by him before the expiry of the assessment year; or 

(b) the 65[tax payable by such person, not being a company,] on the total income determined on regular assessment, as reduced by the advance tax, if any, paid, and any tax deducted at source, does not exceed three thousand rupees.

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