I-T dept serves notice on 35,000 non-filers

The Income Tax Department has sent notices to around 35,000 people who have not filed their tax returns as part of a massive exercise to identify high risk non-filers.

With this, the department has now issued letters in 2.45 lakh people. The department has identified around 12 lakh non filers by mining its database.

In order to contact the taxpayers, who have shifted their address or have refused to receive the letter, the help of field formations is being sought. The assessing officers posted all over the country have been supplied the details of such taxpayers on an online monitoring system.  The assessing officers have been asked to contact the taxpayer and persuade them to file their return and pay due taxes, a statement said.
Following the announcement of this exercise, 3,44,365 returns have been received from the target segment. Such people have also paid self assessment tax amounting to Rs 577 crore and advance tax of Rs 408 crore.

"The Income Tax Department plans to pursue such cases vigorously to spread the message that while the department is improving its taxpayer services to facilitate honest taxpayers, it also has the will to go after recalcitrant taxpayers.  This exercise will continue till all potential non-filers are covered," the statement said.

The department is also developing a dedicated module on the e-filing portal which will give details of returns not filed, ITR-V not submitted, demand not paid to individual taxpayer. The taxpayer can post his comments so that situation on such issues is crystallised.

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