Mandatory Digital Signature for Firms and Individuals w.e.f. 01.07.2011

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Friends, Earlier, digital signature was mandatory for companies only, but now w.e.f. 01.07.2011, digital signature certificate is also mandatory for all Firms and Individuals whose accounts are required to be audited u/s 44AB of the Income Tax Act 1961 vide notification no. S.O. 149(E) dated 1st July, 2011 which can be read as below :-



GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF FINANCE 
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE 
[CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES]
Notification
New Delhi, the 1st  July, 2011 

INCOME-TAX 

S.O.1497(E).-   In exercise of the powers conferred by section 295 read with section 139  of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central  Board of Direct Taxes hereby makes the following rules further to amend  the Income-tax Rules, 1962, namely:- 

1. (1) These rules may be called the Income-tax (Sixth Amendment) Rules, 2011. 
    (2) They shall come into force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.  

2. In the Income-tax Rules, 1962, in rule 12, in sub-rule (3), in the proviso, for clauses (a) and (aa) the following clause shall be substituted, namely: –  

     “  (a) a firm required to furnish the return in Form ITR-5 or an individual or Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) required to furnish the return in Form ITR-4 and to whom provisions of Section 44AB are applicable, shall furnish the return for Assessment year 2011-12 and subsequent Assessment Years in the manner specified in clause (ii);”  



[Notification No.37/2011/ F.No.149/68/2011- SO (TPL)] 


 (Ashis Mohanty) 
Under Secretary to the Government of India 

Note.-  The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary Part-II, Section 3, Sub-section (ii), vide number.S.O.969(E), dated the 26th  March, 1962 and last amended by Income-tax (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2011 vide number  S.O. 1214(E) dated 26.05.2011.
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