UDIN, which stands for Unique Document Identification Number, is issued to help the ICAI secure documents that are issued by chartered accountants. In recent times, a lot of fraudulent cases have been observed by the ICAI including forging of signatures by individuals posing to be CAs, who then go on to issue false certificates and various other documents to mislead authorities. The UDIN was created in the light of this fraudulence and is proving very effective for the ICAI.
For every chartered accountant, who must register themselves on the portal, a unique number is generated on the UDIN portal for every certificate or other such documents, which they will be attesting. This is to maintain a fair practice and ensure that no foul play occurs during attestation of crucial documents. Since only the chartered accountants can generate the UDIN on the UDIN portal, the validity of attested documents can be checked through UDIN verification. The Income Tax Department, RBI and other banks can check the validity of these attested documents.
`According to the latest procedure, the same form number selected at the UDIN portal to generate UDIN has to be selected during income tax e-filing, updating UDIN, uploading reports or even for the forms where UDIN wasn’t previously generated. If you are wondering how to update UDIN in the income tax portal, head to the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department to first revisit and validate the previously submitted forms.
Here’s how to update UDIN in the income tax portal in just a few quick steps:
Once you login to the income tax portal, you will find a link to view/update UDIN details under the ‘My Account’ tab.
When you click on this link, you will be redirected to ‘View/Update UDIN details’, where you will find the ‘Consumed’ and ‘Unconsumed’ terms.
‘Consumed’ status indicates that the form uploaded by the CA was accepted by the taxpayer, while the ‘Unconsumed’ status signifies that the form was rejected and can now be uploaded again with the same UDIN.
It is needed to ensure no fraudulent signature activities occur by individuals posing as CAs and attesting certificates and other crucial documents.
Yes, it is mandatory to procure a UDIN for all certificates with effect from July 1, 2019.
If UDIN is not generated within 15 days, an audit report or any other certificate or document that is uploaded without the same will be considered invalid.
Yes, UDIN is mandatory for bank audits.