Section 215 of Income Tax Act for AY 2023-24

Section 215 of Income Tax Act 1961 as amended by the Finance Act 2022 and Income-tax Rules, 1962. Interest payable by assessee.

Amended and updated notes on section 215 of Income Tax Act 1961 as amended by the Finance Act 2022 and Income-tax Rules, 1962. Detail discussion on provisions and rules related to Interest payable by assessee.

Chapter XVII (Sections 190 to 234G) of the Income Tax Act 1961 deals with the provisions related to collection and recovery of tax. Section 215 of IT Act 1961 provides for Interest payable by assessee.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 214 (Interest payable by Government) of IT Act 1961. Today, we learn the provisions of section 215 of Income-tax Act 1961. The amended provision of section 215 is effective for financial year 2022-23 relevant to the assessment year 2023-24.

In this article, you will learn detail of the provisions of section 215 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 Bare Act read with the Income-tax Rules, 1962 as provided by Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India.

Section-215: Interest payable by assessee

Section 215(1) of Income Tax Act

Where, in any financial year, an assessee has paid advance tax under section 209A or section 212 on the basis of his own estimate (including revised estimate), and the advance tax so paid is less than seventy-five per cent of the assessed tax, simple interest at the rate of fifteen per cent per annum from the 1st day of April next following the said financial year up to the date of the regular assessment shall be payable by the assessee upon the amount by which the advance tax so paid falls short of the assessed tax :

Provided that in the case of an assessee, being a company, the provisions of this sub-section shall have effect as if for the words “seventy-five per cent”, the words “eighty-three and one-third per cent” had been substituted.

Section 215(2) of Income Tax Act

Where before the date of completion of a regular assessment, tax is paid by the assessee under section 140A or otherwise,—

  • (i) interest shall be calculated in accordance with the foregoing provision up to the date on which the tax is so paid; and
  • (ii) thereafter, interest shall be calculated at the rate aforesaid on the amount by which the tax as so paid (in so far as it relates to income subject to advance tax) falls short of the assessed tax.

Section 215(3) of Income Tax Act

Where as a result of an order under section 147 or section 154 or section 155 or section 250 or section 254 or section 260 or section 262 or section 263 or section 264 or an order of the Settlement Commission under sub-section (4) of section 245D, the amount on which interest was payable under sub-section (1) has been increased or reduced, as the case may be, the interest shall be increased or reduced accordingly, and—

  • (i) in a case where the interest is increased, the Assessing Officer shall serve on the assessee, a notice of demand in the prescribed form specifying the sum payable, and such notice of demand shall be deemed to be a notice under section 156 and the provisions of this Act shall apply accordingly;
  • (ii) in a case where the interest is reduced, the excess interest paid, if any, shall be refunded.

Section 215(4) of Income Tax Act

In such cases and under such circumstances as may be prescribed, the Assessing Officer may reduce or waive the interest payable by the assessee under this section.

Section 215(5) of Income Tax Act

In this section and sections 217 and 273, “assessed tax” means the tax determined on the basis of the regular assessment (reduced by the amount of tax deductible in accordance with the provisions of sections 192 to 194, section 194A, section 194C, section 194D, section 195 and section 196A so far as such tax relates to income subject to advance tax and so far as it is not due to variations in the rates of tax made by the Finance Act enacted for the year for which the regular assessment is made.

Section 215(6) of Income Tax Act

Where, in relation to an assessment year, an assessment is made for the first time under section 147, the assessment so made shall be regarded as a regular assessment for the purposes of this section and sections 216, 217 and 273.


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