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Finance ministry: Over 2 crore tax returns filed on new portal

NEW DELHI: The finance ministry on Thursday said that over two crore income tax returns have been filed on the new portal, where a number of technical problems have been resolved and the platform’s performance has “substantially stabilised”. The I-T department advised taxpayers to file their returns for the last financial year at the earliest and suggested that those filing returns should check TDS and payment details to avail of the pre-filing facility. Besides, it said that e-proceedings and faceless proceedings have been enabled with functionalities, including video conferencing for assessment and seeking adjournments or appointments and filings by authorised representatives. “Taxpayers have been able to view over 12.2 lakh notices issued by the department under the faceless assessment/appeal/penalty proceedings, to which over 6.2 lakh responses have been filed,” it said. Since its launch in early June, taxpayers and practitioners had complained of major glitches, prompting FM Nirmala Sitharaman to take up the issue with Infosys, the vendor for the new portal. The problems had forced the government to postpone the deadline for filing of returns and other compliances. With things seemingly stabilising, the ministry’s annoyance with the technology major too seemed to have reduced.

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