Monday Morning News began with the I-T Department announcing that they were at the final stages in the roll-out of the new Portal. “We are as excited about the new Portal as our users! We are at the final stages in the roll-out of the new Portal, and it will be available shortly. We appreciate your patience as we work towards making it operational soon,” they said in a tweet. A new taxpayer-friendly e-filing portal of the Income Tax (I-T) Department was launched on June 7th 2021. The new features in the Portal include interactive software that helps in filing Income Tax Returns (ITR) and a call centre for taxpayer assistance.
You can access the new e-filing website at https://www.incometax.gov.in/. It will replace the existing Portal, https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home.
The press release clarified that it would launch the new tax payment system on June 18th, 2021, after the advance tax instalment date, to avoid any taxpayer inconvenience. However, the existing tax payment is fully operational, which takes place through the NSDL portal. If you do not have any self-assessment tax payable while filing any ITR, you can directly fill the ITR online. However, since the new portal is in development stage, in case you any self-assessment tax liability, you will have to wait for a couple of days.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) framed a policy for the Income Tax Department and the e-filing website used by the taxpayers to file their tax returns and perform other transactions with the Department. The CBDT, on May 20th, 2021, had announced that they would be launching a new income tax filing portal on June 7th 2021, to replace the existing Portal. The current Portal was hauled and was not available for taxpayers and other external stakeholders between June 1st to June 6th, 2021.
The Department had also intimated external entities, including Banks, MCA portal, GST Network, DPIIT, CBIC portal, GeM, DGFT, to ensure that their customers/stakeholders are also informed. The Department has intimated that familiarisation with the new system will take time and that all taxpayers/stakeholders must be patient for the initial period after the new Portal launch.