The CBDT has issued Instruction No. 18/2013 dated 17.12.2013 stating that there are several instances where due to technical or other reasons the intimation in refund cases could not be sent to the assessees within the time limit prescribed in the second proviso to s. 143(1) of the Act. To alleviate the grievance caused to the assessee, the CBDT has exercised its powers u/s 119(2)(a) of the Act to extend the time frame prescribed in the second proviso to s. 143(1) and directed the AOs to grant the refund subject to conditions.
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