Staff Reporter

Assessees can now file their returns electronically

Elaborate arrangements made at IT offices

NEW DELHI: With July 31 being the last date for filing Income Tax returns for salaried and non-corporate assessees whose accounts are not required to be audited, the Income Tax Department in the Capital has made several arrangements to deal with the large influx of returns expected to be filed in the upcoming week.

A release issued by Additional Commissioner of Income Tax Mona Mohanty said Income Tax assessees now have the option of filing their returns electronically, thus making it convenient and hassle-free for them. Only an IT Return Verification Form (ITR-V) needs to be deposited in the Income Tax Office within 15 days of e-filing in cases where there is no digital signature in such returns electronically filed.

For those who still prefer the manual option at the main Income Tax offices situated at ITO, Vikas Bhavan and Mayur Bhavan, elaborate arrangements have been made for facilitating receipt of returns.

At Vikas Bhavan, where around 2 lakh returns are expected to be filed from July 28 to 31, the forms would be accepted from 10 a.m. Here multiple “Return Receipt Counters” for each circle and ward are being set up. They would be manned by specially trained staff dedicated for this purpose.

Besides basic amenities like drinking water and tea, provision has also been made by the department for administering first-aid if required. To deal with the massive inflow of assessees, the building will be cleared of all four-wheelers and two-wheelers on the said dates and traffic regulations would be adhered to. This being the rainy season, the counters shall function under waterproof tents.

In view of the large number of returns expected to be filed in the last four days, the taxpayers have been requested to stagger filing of their returns and to file them at the earliest so that there is no last-minute rush.