Taxpayers account for just about one per cent of India's population, but tax outgo was over Rs 1 crore for as many as 5,430 individuals, as per the latest data disclosed by the government for assessment year 2012-13.
With the new Income Tax Return (ITR) forms notified recently for assessment year 2016-17, filers can do an easy check and obtain their annual tax liability on a computer-based calculator hosted by the IT department.
The rollout of an ambitious pilot project of Income Tax department to begin paperless and email-based communication with taxpayers has been delayed as many chosen tax offices have not sent the required data to the CBDT even after over a month-and-a-half of the go-ahead.
As part of efforts to popularise the electronic mode of filing Income Tax Returns (ITRs), the CBDT is planning to provide "pre-filled" return forms to filers which will have an automatic upload of data on income and other vitals of a taxpayer.
The CBDT is working to create an atmosphere where a taxpayer's life becomes so "easy" that they are never compelled to visit an I-T department office and the hassle of paying taxes is "eliminated totally", its chief has said.
Taxpayers wanting to file online I-T returns for assessment year 2015-16, using the newly notified ITR-2 or ITR-2A forms, will have to wait for few more days as the tax department is in the process of launching the facility on its official website.
Government on Saturday announced that new Income Tax Return (ITR) Forms that require disclosure of details regarding bank accounts and foreign trips undertaken by an individual will be reconsidered, a move that comes after criticism from tax experts and others.