Return is filed u/s153A(1)(a) of the Act sha be deemed to have been filed u/s 139 (1) of the Act for the benefit u/s 139(3)

153A(1)(a)

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Important decision of hon’ble Cal HC
When search operations are conducted under Section 132 of the Act, the obligation of the assessee to file any return remains suspended till such time as specified in notice issued for such purpose under Section 153A(1)(a) of the Act. If the return is filed by the assessee within the reasonable time permitted by such notice under Section 153A(1)(a) of the Act, such return would then be deemed to have been filed within the time permitted under Section 139 (1) of the Act for the benefit under Section 139(3) of the Act to be availed of by the assessee.
Thus, the purpose of carrying forward the loss in terms of Section 72 read with Section 80 of the Act, in a case where search operations have been conducted under Section 132 of the Act, the time to file the return within the meaning of Section 139(3) of the Act has to be regarded as the reasonable time afforded by the consequent notice under Section 153A (1)(a) of the Act.
[Shrikant Mohta-v-CIT dated 25.6.2018]

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