16/07/2015

Filing of income tax returns made more simple for Aadhaar card holders


With people becoming increasingly tech savvy, e-filing of income-tax returns is gaining in popularity. Additionally, with new forms and under the fresh filing process notified by Central Board of Direct Taxes, all taxpayers (except super senior citizens — 80 years and above) need to file returns in the electronic form to claim refunds.

 

A large number of taxpayers tend to skip the step of posting a signed physical copy of ITR-V to the Central Processing Centre in Bengaluru within 120 days of filing the returns online, assuming the job was done once the return was e-filed. However, the income-tax department doesn’t consider the process complete unless the ITR-V reaches them on time.

 

Despite all-out efforts of the government to go green, the mandate of physical submission of ITR-V prevented e-filing from becoming a completely paperless process. The process was completely paperless only if the person had a digital signature.


To rectify this situation, CBDT has announced that a taxpayer who furnishes his Aadhaar card number in the return form need not send a physical copy of ITR-V to CPC. Under the new system of verification, termed as Electronic Verification Certification (EVC), the process of verification will be as under:

 

Step 1: The taxpayer furnishes his Aadhaar card number in the return form while filing the return online;

Step 2: He then receives a verification code in form of a one-time password (OTP) on the mobile phone number associated with the Aadhaar card;

Step 3: He enters the verification code at the time of e-filing to authenticate and complete the process.

 

Any taxpayer who either verifies his return of income using EVC or digitally signs the return need not speed-post the signed physical ITR-V to CPC. The above feature is optional. If one wants to send the physical copy of ITR-V form, he can still do so.

Some of the benefits of furnishing the Aadhaar number in the return are:

  • The taxpayer will be free from the hassle of printing, signing and making time to go to the post office to speed post the ITR-V.
  • No need to ensure that the signature is proper and the bar code is clearly visible — ITR-Vs that did not conform to these specifications were rejected in the past.
  • No need not worry about postal delays and loss in transit of the ITR-V.
  • No more waiting for confirmation from income-tax department that the signed ITR-V has reached the CPC in time.
  • With e-filing process completed within a day, the processing of refunds will definitely be faster.

1 comment:

  1. There is quite a lot of information available on the Internet if you further want to gain a better picture about how to go about this whole process of signing digitally. Apart from that, if you want information about the process of e-filing, you can surely do a small research and get all your doubts clarified. Most of the organizations have already started this practice and you can surely contact the financial department of your organization in order to know more information about the whole practice.http://www.mordocrosswords.com/2015/07/submit-paperless-return.html

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