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Income Tax dept launches ‘e-filing’ portal for tax returns & appeals

In a bid to reduce human involvement between tax officials and citizens, the Income Tax department has launched an ‘E-filling’ facility for select category of individuals and firms, reports Business Standard. Under the initiative, Income Tax Returns (ITRs) filings such as the ITR 1 (SAHAJ) meant for salaried individuals, and the ITR 4S (Sugam) meant for individuals, and partnership firms having income from their business can now file for tax return within the government's online portal. Other ITRs are also expected to be hosted on the portal soon. The portal will also host a ‘tax calculator’ application that helps taxpayers or filers in assessing their tax liability. The tax calculator is regularly monitored and updated as per government norms and regulations regarding taxation. The e-filing initiative was originally started in July 2015, the delay to include common ITRs was due to the long 14-page ITR forms that required a filer to disclose certain back details, and foreign travel details. Later the form was simplified and the number of pages were reduced to three. Filing appeals online Subsequently, the Income Tax department also introduced another ‘e-filing’ system for filing appeal forms under various ITRs. Verification will be done using digital signatures, or using Electronic Verification Facility that uses Aaadhar card, mobile numbers, or an email ID. The existing document called 'Form No 35', was re-formatted recently to be electronically uploaded on the portal. In the new e-form, a person seeking to appeal against an Assessing Officer's order will also been given…

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