Thursday, 2 July 2015

IT Returns early to avoid the last minute rush of filing – Income Tax Department urges

IT Returns early to avoid the last minute rush of filing – Income Tax Department urges

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
01-July-2015 17:43 IST

Electronic Filing of Income Tax Returns for 2015-16 Commences; ITR 1-Sahaj, 2 and 2A can be Used by Individuals or HUF Whose Income Does not Include Income from Business;

ITR 4S – SUGAM can be Used by an Individual or an HUF Whose Income Includes Business Income Assessable on Presumptive Basis; Taxpayers Requested to E-File Their Returns Early to Avoid the Rush Closer to the Last Date of Filing.

The Income Tax Department has released the software for preparing the Income Tax Return forms 1- SAHAJ, 2, 2A and 4S- SUGAM for AY 2015-16. The e-filing of these return forms has been enabled on the e-filing website-https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

ITR 1-SAHAJ, 2 and 2A can be used by individual or HUF whose income does not include income from business. ITR 4S – SUGAM can be used by an individual or HUF whose income includes business income assessable on presumptive basis. The elaborate details of the persons who can use these forms are available in the instructions for filling the forms.

The facility for pre-filling of information for these return forms is available in the software for preparing the return forms. When the taxpayer exercises this option and just fills in his PAN, then personal information and information on taxes paid and TDS will be auto-filled in the form. Taxpayers are requested to use the return preparation software available free of cost under the ‘Downloads’ section on the home page of the Income Tax Department’s e-filing website-https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. The use of Departmental software will ensure preparation of error-free returns thereby avoiding any need for future rectification due to data validation mistakes.

Taxpayers are requested to e-file their returns early to avoid the rush closer to the last date of filing.

Source: PIB

DOPT: Abide by with Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act

DOPT: Abide by with Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act

The department of personnel and training (DoPT) has written to all central government ministries asking them to comply with Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act and suo motu disclose all governance related information in public domain.
No.1/34/2013-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-1
Dated: 29th June 2015
Office Memorandum

Subject: Implementation of Suo Motu Disclosure under Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005

Attention is invited to detailed guidelines on implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005 issued vide this department's O.M. No.1/6/2011-IR dated 15.4.2013. Subsequently, a Committee of experts consisting of Shri A.N.Tiwari, Chief Information Commissioner(Retd) and Dr. M.M.Ansari, Information

Commissioner(Retd) (of Central Information Commission) was constituted to recommend, interalia, measures to further strengthen implementation of Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005. The Committee has, interalia, made the following recommendations which have been duly accepted by the competent authority:-
1) All the details of the public authority may be uploaded on its website. Access to information should be made user-friendly for which appropriate information technology infrastructure should be suitably designed. developed and operationalised.

2) All the training modules for professional upgradation of employees should incorporate matter relating to the virtues of transparency and open government and RTI law.

3) In order to minimise the burden of servicing RTI applications. the public authorities with high public dealings should put in place an effective system to redress the grievances of affected persons. At the sub-organisational levels, there should be cooperation and coordination between the Central Public lnforrnation Officers and the officers responsible for addressing public grievances.

4) In order to reduce the number of RTI applications relating to service matters, the information relating to recruitment, promotion and transfers should be brought into public domain promptly.

5) The retention and maintenance of specific documents for specified duration should be clearly spelt by each public authority in respect of its documents.

2. All the public authorities are requested to follow the above recommendations.
(Sandeep Jain)
Director
Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02rti/RTI-29062015.pdf

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