CBDT: According to reports, the Central Board of Direct Taxes informed the Gujarat High Court on Monday that most glitches in the e-filing portal had been resolved. Late filers will not receive interest relief, according to the CBDT. The Gujarat High Court was hearing a request for a deadline extension for filing returns.
This assessment year, the deadlines for filing income tax returns were extended three times. If tax returns were filed within the deadline periods, taxpayers were not required to pay interest on unpaid dues.
Tax consultants argued that since a lot of delay was caused by the e-portal glitches, even large taxpayers must get the relief on interest liability. The CBDT’s latest affidavit denies the relief, saying this was a conscious decision. Taxpayers with a liability over Rs 1 lakh would not be small or medium taxpayers, it said. They would mostly be large taxpayers having a large turnover reported the CBDT affidavit.
In response to technical issues, the CBDT affidavit clarified that “bank pre-validation is not a pre-requisite for filing an ITR.” Pre-validation is required for a successful refund to the bank account. Users’ errors in uploading files to the portal, according to the CBDT affidavit, were caused by their use of special characters in entry fields. The CBDT denied that the portal failure was caused by thousands of people logging in at the same time. The CBDT also denied that one-time password authentication was a problem (OTPs).
“Over 78 lakh returns were e-verified through OTPs in the last week of December,” quoted the CBDT affidavit. The Gujarat High Court is scheduled to take up the matter for hearing on February 21.
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