In our earlier post we have mentioned that it will be mandatory to now validate UDIN within 15 days of submitting a certificate or report on e filing website. If same is not done that certificate or report would be considered as invalid.
However now Income tax department has integrated its e-filing portal with Institute of Chartered Accountants of India portal for validation of Unique Document Identification Number (UDIN) generated from ICAI portal by the Chartered Accountants for documents certified/attested by them.
Now, with this system level integration, UDIN provided for the audit reports/certificates submitted by the Chartered Accountants in the e-filing portal shall be validated online with the ICAI. This will help in weeding out fake or incorrect Tax Audit Reports not duly authenticated with the ICAI.
If for any reason, a Chartered Accountant was not able to generate UDIN before submission of audit report/ certificate, the Income-tax e-filing portal permits such submission, subject to the Chartered Accountant updating the UDIN generated for the form within 15 calendar days from the date of form submission in the Income- tax efiling portal. If the UDIN for the audit report/certificate is not updated within the 15 days provided for the same, such audit report/certificate uploaded shall be treated as invalid submission.
Thus, it is advisable to generate UDIN before submitting any document on e-filing portal and quote the same while submitting the report or certificate so as to remove any last minute hassle.
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