Merry Christmas to our esteemed users!
People celebrate Christmas in a variety of ways. Some decorate their houses, visit family or friends and some exchange gifts. Children, in particular, often receive many gifts from their parents and other relatives and the mythical figure Santa Claus.
On Christmas Eve, we have looked upon how Income Tax Department turned Santa in 2019 for the taxpayers.
- Pre-filled details in ITR Forms
The department this year has added more information in pre-filled ITR forms. This up-gradation is not less than a gift for taxpayers filing their ITR’s themselves. Having, pre-filled details in ITR is the easiest and most convenient method to file the tax return. This facility was made available only in Form ITR 1 & 4 using the e-filing platform.
- Use of Aadhaar Number
To make taxpayers’ life easy, Income-tax department has allowed quoting Aadhaar number in place of PAN wherever quoting of PAN is mandatory. Taxpayers can now quote Aadhaar number instead of PAN in more than 100 forms.
- E-Assessment Scheme
Department is reducing the physical interaction of the tax officers and taxpayers. Most taxpayers have a fear in the mind of taxpayers of alleged harassment by Tax officials. Government has rolled out a faceless e-assessment scheme with a motive to eliminate personal interaction between the taxpayer and the department. This scheme is a ‘paradigm shift’ in the assessment procedure which completely removes the human interaction during the stage of tax assessment.
- Verification of Documents
Department has launched the concept of Document Identification Number (DIN). Taxpayers can now authenticate all communications made by the Income-tax Department. This verification can be done by entering DIN on the e-filing portal. It will help the taxpayers to avoid phishing emails and fraudulent transactions.
- Processing of Tax Refunds
Once the processing of ITR is complete, an intimation under section 143(1) of the Income-tax Act is sent to the taxpayers. Refund arises when taxes paid are higher than the actual tax liability of a taxpayer. Now, there is an electronic clearing of refunds i.e. refunds are credited directly in taxpayers’ bank accounts. As per the statement of Revenue Secretary, Mr Ajay Bhushan Pandey, “The Income-tax Department has issued as much as Rs 1.57 lakh crore of income tax refunds in the first 8.5 months of the current fiscal compared to Rs 1.23 lakh crore in full 2018-19 fiscal”.
Government is working to make taxpayers life easy & smooth by bringing in most of the functionalities online. We hope that the government keeps introducing various taxpayer-friendly measures to make the life of honest taxpayers easy. May this Christmas conclude the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a bright year ahead. Merry Christmas!