As the last date for the filing of income tax returns fast approaches on July 30, 2012, the IT department as well as the assesses are facing problems with online data entry. All those who earn more than ten lakh per annum have to mandatorily file their income tax returns online from this year onwards.
Due to this the department website crashed as millions of people try to log in all at once before July 31, 2012. According to the IT PRO those who do not have any outstanding dues to the department may file their returns after July 31, 2012.
But those who owe tax will have to pay interest if they fail to file before July 31, 2012. Moreover for the first time the IT Department has set up information helpdesks or tax kiosks across the city which guide the tax payers across the city of Mumbai which will guide the taxpayers how to fill forms and do basic calculations.
But those who are at the help kiosks are not authorised to accept returns and the assesses must still visit the income tax offices at Bandra Kurla Complex or Aaykar Bhavan, Churchgate to do so or assign the task for the chattered accountant.