Income Tax refunds of Rs 98,625 crore issued to 26.2 lakh taxpayers in 5 months

New Delhi: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Wednesday (September 2) issued an order stating refunds of over Rs 98,625 crore to over 26.2 lakh taxpayers between 1st April to 1st September. This also includes personal income tax (PIT) refunds amounting to Rs 29,997 crore issued to 24,50,041 taxpayers and corporate tax refunds amounting to Rs 68,628 crore issued to over 1,68,421 taxpayers during this period.


In a tweet, the I-T Department said, “CBDT issues refunds of over Rs. 98,625 crores to more than 26.2 lakh taxpayers between 1st April 2020 to 1st September 2020. Income tax refunds of Rs. 29,997 crore have been issued in 24,50,041 cases & corporate tax refunds of Rs.68,628 crore have been issued in 1,68,421 cases.” 


Notably, the CBDT order has been issued in exercise of powers conferred under section 138(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.


According to the CBDT, “The data on cash withdrawal indicated that a huge amount of cash is being withdrawn by the persons who have never filed income-tax returns. To ensure filing of return by these persons and to keep track on cash withdrawals by the non-filers, and to curb black money, the Finance Act, 2020 with effect from July 1, 2020, further amended the Income-Tax Act, 1961 to lower the threshold of cash withdrawal to Rs 20 lakh for the applicability of TDS for the non-filers and also mandated TDS at the higher rate of 5 percent on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs 1 crore by the non-filers.” 


Income Tax Department has already provided a functionality “Verification of applicability under section 194N” on its website for banks and post offices since July 1, 2020. Through this functionality, the bank/post office can get the applicable rate of TDS under section 194N of the Income-tax Act, 1961 by entering the PAN of the person who is withdrawing cash.


The department has now released a new functionality “ITR Filing Compliance Check” which will be available to scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) to check the IT return filing status of PANs in bulk mode. The Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) has notified the procedure and format for providing notified information to the scheduled commercial banks.


The salient features of using the functionality are:


Accessing “ITR Filing Compliance Check”: The principal officer and designated director of SCBs, which are registered with the reporting portal of the income-tax department (https://report.insight.gov.in) shall be able to use the functionality after logging into the reporting portal using their credentials.


After successfully logging in, link to the functionality “ITR Filing Compliance Check” will appear on the home page of the reporting portal.


Preparing request (input) file containing PANs: The CSV template to enter PAN details can be downloaded by clicking on the “Download CSV Template” button on the “ITR Filing Compliance Check” page. 


PANs, for which IT Return filing status is required, are required to be entered in the downloaded CSV template. The current limit of PANs in one file is 10,000. 


Uploading the input CSV file: Input CSV file may be uploaded by clicking on Upload CSV button. While uploading, “Reference Financial Year” is required to be selected. Reference Financial Year is the year for which results are required. If selected Reference Financial Year is 2020-21 then results will be available for assessment years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. The uploaded file will start reflecting with uploaded status.


Downloading the output CSV file: After processing, CSV file containing IT Return Filing Status of the entered PANs will be available for download, and “Status” will change to Available. The output CSV file will have PAN, name of the PAN holder (masked), IT Return Filing Status for the last three assessment years. 


After downloading the file, the status will change to downloaded and after 24 hours of availability of the file, the download link will expire and status will change to Expired.


Scheduled commercial banks can also use API based exchange to automate and integrate the process with the bank`s core banking solution. 


Scheduled commercial banks are required to document and implement appropriate information security policies and procedures with clearly defined roles and responsibilities to ensure the security of information. 


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