Guidance Note on Tax Audit u/s 44AB. ICAI releases revised 2023 Edition

Guidance Note on Tax Audit u/s 44AB. ICAI releases revised 2023 Edition

ICAI has released the revised 2023 edition of Guidance Note on Tax Audit u/s 44AB of the Income Tax Act 1961. The first Guidance note was released in 1985 and this ninth edition in series. 

Tax audit under Income Tax Act is one of the very common practice are of the Chartered Accountants. Tax audit is mandated by section 44AB of the Income Tax Act 1961 and requires apart from expressing opinion, reporting against pre determined queries in Form 3CD.

The chartered accountant conducting the tax audit is required to give his findings, observation, in form 3CA and 3CB, of audit report. The report of tax audit is to be given by the chartered accountant in Form No. 3CA or Form No. 3CB and statement of particulars in Form 3CD.

This section 44AB provides for audit of accounts of assessees having total sales, turnover or gross receipts exceeding the specified limits. Also Income-tax Authorities have been empowered under Section 142(2A) to order Special Audit by a chartered accountant. 

Guidance Note Tax Audit

The checklist/queries against which reporting is required often require interpretation which may vary based on the perception of the auditor.

The Guidance Note on Tax Audit aims to settle uncertainties and different interpretations in its adherence by way of providing clarity on various aspects.

This revised edition incorporates amendments made upto Finance Act, 2023 and tax audit forms applicable as on date (Form No. 3CA, Form 3CB and Form 3CD). The Guidance note provides clause by clause guide to the Form 3CD. 

This Guidance Note aims to address the situations faced by the Chartered Accountants while conducting audit by offering clear explanations that will help in streamlining the tax audit process. Additionally, it emphasizes the importance of maintaining accurate records and the significance of a proactive approach in meeting statutory obligations.

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