Income tax return (ITR) filing relief coming! Infosys to ensure you benefit; here is how

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Jan 17, 2019, 08:25 AM IST

Income tax return (ITR) filing: The government on Wednesday said IT major Infosys will develop the next-generation income tax return filing system for Rs 4,241.97 crore. How will tax payers benefit? It will cut down the processing time for tax returns to one day from 63 days and expedite refunds! The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its "approval to expenditure sanction of Rs 4,241.97 crore for Integrated E-filing and Centralised Processing Centre 2.0 Project of the Income Tax Department", Union minister Piyush Goyal said.


Briefing media about the decision, he said the processing time at present for Income Tax Reurn (ITR) is 63 days and it will come down to one day after implementation of the project. Goyal said the project is expected to be completed in 18 months and will be launched after three months of testing. Image source: PTI



Infosys, he said, has been selected to implement the project after the bidding process. The current system, he said, has been a success and new project will be more tax friendly. The e-filing and Centralised Processing Centre (CPC) projects have enabled end-to-end automation of all processes within the Income Tax Department using various innovative methods to provide taxpayer services and to promote voluntary compliance. Image source: Reuters


The Cabinet also sanctioned a consolidated cost of Rs 1,482.44 crore for the existing CPC-ITR 1.0 project up to 2018-19. Goyal also informed that tax refunds worth Rs 1.83 lakh crore have been issued so far in the current fiscal. Image source: PTI


The decision will ensure transparency and accountability besides faster processing of returns and issue of refunds to the taxpayers' bank account directly without any interface with the Income Tax Department. Image source: Pixabay 



The broad objectives of the integration project include faster and accurate outcomes for taxpayer, enhancing user experience at all stages, improving taxpayer awareness and education through continuous engagement, according to an official release. Besides, it will also be promoting voluntary tax compliance and managing outstanding demand. Image source: Pixabay