Despite a social media campaign to defer the deadline for filing income tax returns, the government is ruling out an extension, arguing annual filing by individuals crossed the 4-crore mark on Thursday evening.
This translates into 68% of the filing until December 31, 2021, when the deadline had been extended due to the second wave of Covid-19 and glitches with the I-T portal.
“The pace of filing has picked up, we received three lakh returns during an hour on Thursday,” a tax officer told TOI, while insisting that there is no discussion at the moment to extend the July 31 deadline.
Although some glitches do crop up, as was the case on Thursday when there were some issues related to Form 26AS (which deals with tax deducted or collected at source and the amount paid during the year), the issues are resolved at the earliest, officials said.
The war room to deal with these kinds of problems and queries is in place, with the department monitoring complaints on social media too and addressing them in the shortest possible time. In some cases, the query has been responded to on the social media platform itself, officials said.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes is advising taxpayers to download the Annual Information Statement (AIS) and the Taxpayer Information Summary so they have complete data on their income from multiple sources and do not miss out on any information. “It is to increase the ease for taxpayers to file their returns as most information is available in one place. This year the information has vastly improved from last year and as we go along, more data will be added,” said an officer.
Officials also said there were some issues related to fourth quarter data, which in some cases was not getting reflected, but the AIS was subsequently updated.