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Income Tax Department Launches ‘Lite’ E-filing facility for Taxpayers

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Income Tax Department has launched the ‘Lite’ e-filing website on Thursday to help taxpayers file returns quickly and more efficiently. The facility was operationalised on the official portal of the department income tax India efiling login home page has a new ‘Quick ITR Filing’ link through which users can click on ‘e-Filing Lite’, which offers services only for registered e-Filing PAN users.

“The Income Tax department is launching ‘e-Filing Lite’, a lighter version of e-Filing portal with a focus on filing of Income Tax Return (ITR) by the taxpayers,” the department said in a public advisory.

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Meanwhile, the income tax officials said that a new tab for lite will be provided on the web portal and once the registered taxpayers login efiling website, they will only be provided essential links that enable e-filing of ITRs and Form 26AS. Although, the tax assesse can download pre-filled or XML forms and view their past filed returns. Other regular tabs like e-proceeding, e-nivaran, compliance, work list and profile setting were taken off from the ‘lite version’ but retained in the standard version of e-filing facility, he said.

As per the tax authority reports, the ‘lite’ version is aimed to enable easy and quick ITR filing by all categories of taxpayers, the official said. The tax the government extended the due date for filing income tax returns by individuals for the financial year 2018-19 by a month till August 31. Initially, the last date was July 31. The July 31 deadline was set for most individuals and HUFs.

“The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extends the ‘due date’ for filing of Income Tax Returns from July 31, 2019 to August 31, 2019 in respect of the said categories of taxpayers,” the finance ministry said in a statement.This extension comes after the government was appealed by many entities to extend the efiling of income tax return date so as to allow sufficient time to tax payers to file their returns.

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