Section 222 of Income Tax Act for AY 2023-24

Section 222 of Income Tax Act 1961 as amended by the Finance Act 2022 and Income-tax Rules, 1962. Certificate to Tax Recovery Officer.

Amended and updated notes on section 222 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 Certificate to Tax Recovery Officer.

Chapter XVII (Sections 190 to 234G) of the Income Tax Act 1961 deals with the provisions related to collection and recovery of tax. Section 222 of IT Act 1961 provides for Certificate to Tax Recovery Officer.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 221 (Penalty payable when tax in default) of IT Act 1961. Today, we learn the provisions of section 222 of Income-tax Act 1961. The amended provision of section 222 is effective for financial year 2020-21 relevant to the assessment year 2021-22.

In this article, you will learn detail of the provisions of section 222 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-222: Certificate to Tax Recovery Officer

Section 222(1) of Income Tax Act

When an assessee is in default or is deemed to be in default in making a payment of tax, the Tax Recovery Officer may draw up under his signature a statement in the prescribed form specifying the amount of arrears due from the assessee (such statement being hereafter in this Chapter and in the Second Schedule referred to as “certificate”) and shall proceed to recover from such assessee the amount specified in the certificate by one or more of the modes mentioned below, in accordance with the rules laid down in the Second Schedule—

  • (a) attachment and sale of the assessee’s movable property;
  • (b) attachment and sale of the assessee’s immovable property;
  • (c) arrest of the assessee and his detention in prison;
  • (d) appointing a receiver for the management of the assessee’s movable and immovable properties.

Explanation: For the purposes of this sub-section, the assessee’s movable or immovable property shall include any property which has been transferred, directly or indirectly on or after the 1st day of June, 1973, by the assessee to his spouse or minor child or son’s wife or son’s minor child, otherwise than for adequate consideration, and which is held by, or stands in the name of, any of the persons aforesaid; and so far as the movable or immovable property so transferred to his minor child or his son’s minor child is concerned, it shall, even after the date of attainment of majority by such minor child or son’s minor child, as the case may be, continue to be included in the assessee’s movable or immovable property for recovering any arrears due from the assessee in respect of any period prior to such date.

Section 222(2) of Income Tax Act

The Tax Recovery Officer may take action under sub-section (1), notwithstanding that proceedings for recovery of the arrears by any other mode have been taken.


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