No penalty on Income Tax Department for delay in release of utility for filing ITR – Letter by Honest Taxpayer

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No penalty on Income Tax Department for delay in release of utility for filing ITR - Letter by Honest Taxpayer
No penalty on Income Tax Department for delay in release of utility for filing ITR – Letter by Honest Taxpayer
Respected Sir,
Govt. in India is charging penalty under section 234F of the IT Act, 1961 for late filing of ITRs by an assessee.
But the irony is that the Govt. itself is highly lethargic and lazy in releasing the ITRs meant for AY 2019-20.
Accountability is on one side of the chair only. No one is accountable on the other side. This is Not for the first time , it’s a regular feature where carelessness and casualness is reflected in working.
All this happening despite Judicial pronouncement which says that the forms be notified well in advance. When court said it, it does not mean mere forms notification but it meant the system availability to the taxpayer for filing income tax returns.
We’re already in the last week of April 2019 but the utility for ITRs (except 1 & 4) are yet to be finalized and released by CBDT.
The ITRs meant for e-filing should have been issued as soon as the AY commences. But the hard reality is different.
Taxpayers are complainign throughout the country. Why and how delay can happen in such a routine work activity. It’s an annual feature and why the homework is not done well in advance. Why no penalty for such delay on the other side?
How can a lazy adminstration  ‘supported’ by lethargic babus, expect only the taxpayers to be prompt and compliant?
The IT Department should have released all ITRs meant for AY 2019-20 by 01.04.2019 so as to convey a strong and better image.
From
Humble & Honest Taxpayer of the country.

1 COMMENT

  1. Well articulated.
    Also the administration is responding very late to already filed returns. Return files in 2017-18, being responded in 2019-20. There has to be a time frame for completing the process as being imposed on honest tax payers and beyond the due date, all filed returns be deemed as accepted by authorities. Accountability on administration is also a must.

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