New portal used to file Rs 5.9 crore I-T returns till December 31: Finance ministry

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NEW DELHI: Nearly 5.89 crore income tax returns (ITRs) have been filed on the new e-filing portal of the tax department as on December 31, 2021, the extended due date, the finance ministry said on Saturday. More than 46.11 lakh ITRs were filed on December 31. In order to assist taxpayers with a smooth experience on the portal, 16,850 taxpayer calls and 1,467 chats were responded to by the helpdesk. In addition, the department has been proactively engaging with and reaching out to taxpayers and professionals for assistance on its official Twitter handle. On December 31, more than 230 Tweets from taxpayers and professionals were responded to.
The Centre on Friday had said there was no proposal to extend the deadline for filing income tax returns. Addressing a news conference after the end of the GST Council meeting on Friday, Revenue Secretary Tarun Bajaj had made it clear that filing of returns was going on smoothly. The deadline ended on December 31 midnight. There had been calls to extend the deadline given the increase in Covid cases and the new variant.
Bajaj had said there was no technical issue at all and figures for returns filed were going up every hour. The deadline for filing the returns for this year had been extended earlier due to the impact of the second wave of Covid-19 and the technical glitches linked to the tax filing portal.
Out of 5.89 crore ITRs filed for the assessment year 2021-22 as on December 31, 49.6% of these are ITR1 (2.92 crore), 9.3% are ITR2 (54.8 lakh), 12.1% are ITR3 (71.05 lakh), 27.2% are ITR4 (1.60 crore), 1.3% are ITR5 (7.66 lakh), ITR6 (2.58 lakh) and ITR7 (0.67 lakh). Over 45.7% of these ITRs have been filed using the online ITR form on the portal and the balance have been uploaded using the ITR created from the offline software utilities.

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