The last date for individuals and other persons to file income tax returns for the assessment year 2011-12 (relating to the financial year 2010-11) is July 31, a press release here on Monday said. The date is not applicable to corporate entities and cases in which compulsory tax audit is necessary.

Though July 30 and 31 are closed holidays for the Income Tax Department, its offices will receive the returns on those days also.

For the convenience of taxpayers, returns receipt counters are being opened at Aayakar Bhavan at Kowdiar here from July 28 to 31. The returns in respect of Range-1, Thiruvananthapuram, will be received on the third and fifth floors of this office. The returns of salaried employees assessed in Range-2, Thiruvananthapuram, will be received in the annexe hall on the fourth floor.

The return forms prescribed for the current year are Sahaj-ITR-1; Form-2; Sugam-ITR 4S; and ITR-4.

In the Sahaj and Sugam forms, certain spaces have to be darkened inside the circular spaces provided. Those filing returns should ensure that such spaces are fully darkened and marks such as X are not used to fill those places.

Forms

The return forms for assessees coming under Range-1 are available at Aayakar Bhavan and those coming under Range-2 at the income-tax office at Vasanthom Towers at Peroorkada. Forms for salaried employees will available at the Kowdiar Office between July 28 and 31.

These forms can be downloaded from the website of the department.

The department has prepared a checklist for those filing returns: Ensure that PAN is recorded correctly. If there is any error, rectifying it will be difficult.

Go through the instructions attached to the return forms carefully and fill the returns accordingly.

Ensure that all columns applicable are filled.

Ensure that the details of deductions and exemptions are recorded exactly.

Give the details of TDS and TCS or tax paid by way of advance tax, self-assessment tax or otherwise accurately.

Fill up the verification part of the returns correctly and affix signature.

Keep the acknowledgement of the returns filed issued by the income tax office; it may be useful in future.

The assessees covered by TDS and TCS are to make use of the facility of the Tax Information Network and ensure that the details of the deduction and collection of the tax made are reflected in the annual tax statement (26 AS) available online. This can be accessed through the help of service providers and using PAN as the reference.

The assessees are requested to make full use of the e-filing facilities provided by the department. The details of e-filing are available on the website http:// incometaxindia.gov.in.

For details, contact K.V. Ananthanarayanan, Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, ph: 9446 508855, 8547 000120; K.J. Joseph, Income Tax Officer, ph: 8547 000842; or S. Sarath, Income Tax Officer, ph: 8547 000847.