That the process of filing income tax returns online is finding increasing favour with city residents is evident from the decreasing number of people opting for manual filing. According to the data available, of the total of 1.7 lakh taxpayers in the city only 49,000 preferred the manual mode in 2013. Even then, there were long lines at the income tax office in Sector 17 on Thursday, the last date for filing returns.
Electronically submitting returns is much faster, more convenient and available round the clock. The income tax department introduced the online facility five years ago following instructions issued by the Indian Revenue Service. According to the latest regulations, anyone whose income is Rs 5 lakh or more is supposed to file returns electronically.
This year the online filing process has been tweaked, necessitating fresh activation of income tax accounts on the department’s portal for filing e-returns.
“The benefit of online tax returns is that I get a confirmation or a rejection notification within 24 hours.
That way I’m able to detect a mistake, if any, and rectify it,” said Chander Shekar, a resident of Sector 41.
LAST-MINUTE RUSH INCONVENIENCES MANY
The large number of income tax assessees filing returns online on the last day led to the IT department website slowing down, leaving many taxpayers harried. Many were at the receiving end when the portal server crashed briefly.
DEMAND FOR EXTENDING LAST DATE
With Thursday being the last date for filing tax returns, city residents and chartered accountants have urged the income tax department to extend the deadline. Many have complained its slow website and the recent changes in regulations had made filing returns online very cumbersome.
Ajay Jagga, a local lawyer, has also written to finance minister Arun Jaitely requesting for an extension of the deadline for filing tax returns.