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.

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

  1. Sir, I have received Income tax Intimation U/S 143(1) with Rs 20000 as “Net Amount Refundable”
    ,please let me know how much time it will take to get refund into my bank account

  2. If I have to pay this certain amount under net payable section in assessment year 2016-2017 then am I done for this coming year 2017? Or I’d have to pay more in 2017?

  3. i have received an intimation but there is no diff. between income as per my return and as calculated under 143(1)

  4. I have received INTIMATION U/S 143(1) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT, 1961, Net amount Refundable is Rs. 29,740 & Payable amount is 0. May I know what need to be done next. Pse help me

  5. Pradip Prajapati says:

    sir, muje aaj CPC.Order u/s 143(1) ka msg. mila he muje kya karna he aage.. please help

    • As explained in the post check if there is any outstanding tax demand, if there is pay the same. If there is no mismatch you need not take any action.

  6. anil prajapat says:

    श्री मान जी मुझे आज एक मेल प्राप्त हुई उसमे ORDER U/S 143(1) में एक अटैचमेंट प्राप्त हुआ उसमे देय टैक्स राशि एवं प्राप्त राशि दोनों ही 0 (NIL) है एवं सारी इनकम डिटेल भी जो मेने फिल की है उसी अनुसार है में इसका क्या जवाब दू डिपार्टमेंट में

    • आपको अब कुछ करने की ज़रूरत नही है. आपका रिटर्न सही से फाइल हो गया है.


    Dear Amit
    I received the Income tax Intimation U/S 143(1) with respect to the return of income filed by me for the Assessment Year 2016-17. Here it ask Net Amount Payable Rs. 60. Based on attached details it looks like mismatch occurred due to Unmatched Tax Deducted at Source.

    Do I need to pay this mismatch amount/ Net Amount Payable soon , if need then how can I pay?

    Your prompt response would be highly appreciated.
    Rajendra Kumar

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