This Article is From Jul 03, 2014

Filing Tax Returns: You'll Have to Share Mobile, E-Mail Details

New Delhi:

Taxpayers filing their Income Tax (I-T) returns this year will now have to share their email-id and mobile phone number with the tax department.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the administrative authority of the Income Tax department, has introduced a new column in the I-T returns forms asking for the tax filers personal email-id and mobile number.

"This is a step taken to communicate better with the taxpayer and smoothen the process of ensuring timely refunds," a senior I-T officer said.

Till now, the taxpayers had to mention similar details of their chartered accountants (CA) or tax filing helpers in the existing column asking for personal details of the filer.

In case, a taxpayer changes his CA or is not in touch with him, it was found, any communication made by the I-T to the taxpayer used to languish without reaching the desired person.

The department, which is facing issues of pending refunds and ensuring other tax related information to the taxpayer, has designed the new I-T forms so that in case of emergency a tax officer could directly get in touch with the individual tax filer.

The new measures have been implemented both for e-filers and manual filers of I-T returns.

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