What is the difference between a tax return and a tax notice of assessment?

by cedrick.casper , in category: Taxation and Accounting , 9 months ago

What is the difference between a tax return and a tax notice of assessment?

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by joelle , 9 months ago

@cedrick.casper 

A tax return is a document that individuals or businesses file with the appropriate tax authorities to report their income, expenses, and deductions for a specific tax year. It is a declaration of their taxable income and allows the tax authorities to determine the amount of tax owed or the refund they are entitled to.


On the other hand, a tax notice of assessment is a document generated by the tax authorities after they have processed the tax return. It serves as an official confirmation of the tax assessment, stating whether the return has been accepted as filed or if any adjustments have been made. The notice of assessment includes information about the taxpayer's taxable income, deductions, credits, and the amount of tax owed or refunded.


In summary, the tax return is the initial document filed by the taxpayer, while the tax notice of assessment is the official response from the tax authorities, confirming the assessment of the return and the resulting tax liability or refund.