Wow! I-T dept refunds tax claims in 20.44 lakh cases in just 56 days; tax payers can do this for quick processing

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Jul 03, 2020, 08:06 PM IST

In an amazing feat, the Income Tax Department has cleared refund claims at a speed of 76 cases per minute, settling claims worth a whopping Rs 62,361 cr in 20.44 lakh case, a Ministry of Finance release said. The refund claims were cleared by the Central Board of Direct taxes (CBDT) in 56 working days, the release said.

“The Income Tax Department has issued tax refunds at a speed of 76 cases per minute from 8th April to 30th June, 2020,” the release said.

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The urgency to clear refund claims was shown in the light of Covid-19 pandemic situation. The release said that the move was in pursuance to a government decision of 8 April to issue pending income tax refunds in order to help taxpayers in a COVID-19 pandemic situation.

“It is stated that taxpayers are experiencing this facet of the I-T Department which is not only taxpayer-friendly, but also that of a facilitator providing liquidity in this hard time of COVID-19 pandemic,” the release further said. Pic Credit: PTI

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CBDT, through this release, has reiterated that taxpayers should provide immediate response to emails of the Department so that refunds in their cases too could be processed and issued right away. Pic credit: Reuters

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Emails sent by the of IT Department seek taxpayers to confirm their outstanding demand, their bank account number and reconciliation of defect/mismatch prior to issue of refund, the release said.

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Income tax refunds amounting to Rs 23,453.57 cr have been issued in 19,07,853 cases to taxpayers and corporate tax refunds amounting to Rs 38,908.37 cr have been issued in 1,36,744 cases to taxpayers during this period, the release said. Pic Credit: Reuters

 

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All the refunds made by the CBDT during this period have been done electronically and the funds directly deposited into the bank accounts of the taxpayers, the release further said. Unlike practices of previous years, no taxpayer had to approach the Department to request for release of refund in all these refund cases, the government claims in its release. Pic credit: PTI