What does Intimation U/S 143(1) of Income Tax Act mean?

One of my friends called me in a worrying voice telling me he had received an email from Income tax department with subject “Intimation U/S 143(1) for PAN ABCxxxxx4A AY:2012-13”. As with most of us, any communication from taxmen makes us worried and it was not much different for my friend.

Are you in the same boat and have you also received similar email from [email protected] with similar subject? And are you worried about what it means for you?

Well worry not! Intimation U/S 143(1) is sent by Income Tax department in response to the Tax returned filed by you. As the subject suggests “Intimation” – the communication intimates the tax payer about, any tax and interest payable or if you are eligible for refunds.

What you need to do is open the attached zip file. The zip file contains a PDF file which is password protected. To open this PDF following is your password.

The password is your PAN Number in lower case followed by your date of birth in DDMMYYYY format. So if your PAN Card Number is ABCDE1234A and date of birth is January 1, 1985, then your password would be abcde1234a01011985. The date of birth should be one which is mentioned on your PAN Card.

Just scroll down and at the end of all calculations you would see two headings.

  1. Net Amount Refundable
  2. Net Amount Payable
Intimation under sec.143(1) of Income Tax Act,1961

Intimation under sec.143(1) of Income Tax Act,1961

In case there is ‘0’ in front of both as in the picture above, it means that your tax return filing was perfect – you neither need to pay any more tax for the year nor you would get any tax refunds.

In case some amount is mentioned for “Net Amount Refundable” then its good news and you would soon get that amount in your bank account. And if “Net Amount Payable” has some amount mentioned, then you need to pay that much tax to Income tax department.

In case you think there is some error in the calculation sheet, you should consult a qualified CA or good tax expert for further action.

32 thoughts on “What does Intimation U/S 143(1) of Income Tax Act mean?

  1. Hi,

    I got the following email. i think it’s a spam email. I did not open the attachment assuming it might be containing a virus. Please confirm if this could be an authentic email or spam.


    Subject: Rs 97,570 Tax Payment was Deducted From Your Account!!
    From: “Income Tax Department” Wed, 4 Nov ’15 8:23a
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    1 attachment
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    Dear Sir,

    We Have automatically deducted your tax payment from your Bank Account.
    Kindly download and view your receipt below attached to this email.


    Income Tax Department

    • Yes Gagan this is definitely spam mail. Income tax Department cannot deduct taxes directly from bank accounts without any judgement etc. Thanks for sharing – would be helpful for all our readers.

  2. Thank you so much for the article. I received an intimation and when i looked into it i saw a math error. but my total refund and total payable was 0.

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