The Income Tax Department will on Monday launch a new e-filing portal to further ease the filing of income tax returns (ITRs). The e-portal, which, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in a press release said, will provide a “modern, seamless” experience to taxpayers, will be available at www.incometax.gov.in.Here’s a look at some key features of the upcoming portal:
(1.) Integrated with immediate processing of ITRs to issue quick refunds of taxpayers.
(2.) To facilitate follow-up action by the taxpayer, all interactions and uploads, as well as pending actions will be displayed on a single dashboard.
(3.) For ITR preparation, free-of-cost software will be available. Facility for ITRs 1, 4 (online and offline) and ITR 2 (offline) available initially, while that for preparations of ITRs 3, 5, 6 and 7 to be made available shortly.
(4.) Taxpayers will be able to proactively update their details to provide details like salary, house property, business/profession which will be used in pre-filing of their ITRs.
(5.) For prompt assistance to taxpayers, a new call centre will be set up. Additionally, detailed frequently asked questions (FAQs), user manuals, videos, chatbots/live agents will be provided.
Additionally, the press release clarified that the new tax payment system will be launched on June 18, after the advance tax instalment date to avoid any inconvenience to the taxpayer. A mobile app will also be released subsequent to the initial launch of the portal so that taxpayers can get familiar with various features of the portal. Familiarisation with the new system, it said, “may take some time,” requesting patience from taxpayers/stakeholders for the initial period after the launch of the portal.