The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on November 26, 2020 has issued a Press Release to validate Unique Document Identification Number (UDIN) generated from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) portal at the time of upload of Tax Audit Reports.
Income-tax efiling portal had factored mandatory quoting of UDIN with effect from 27th April, 2020 for documents certified/attested by a Chartered Accountant. 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 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 e-filing 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.