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Last Updated : Aug 05, 2020 02:30 PM IST | Source: PTI

FinMin says Income Tax Returns scrutiny reduced to 0.25% in AY 2018-19

Official data released showed the number of income tax scrutiny cases was 0.71 percent in AY 2015-16, 0.40 percent in AY 2016-17, 0.55 percent in AY 2017-18 and 0.25 percent in AY 2018-19.

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Finance Ministry has said that the income tax returns picked up for scrutiny has reduced to 0.25 percent of the total ITRs filed in assessment year (AY) 2018-19, from 0.55 percent in AY 2017-18.

“IT Dept is changing-from just enforcement to facilitating better taxpayer services. In continuation of the same, the no. of cases selected for scrutiny has reduced drastically over the years,” the ministry said in a tweet late on Tuesday.

Official data released showed the number of income tax scrutiny cases was 0.71 percent in AY 2015-16, 0.40 percent in AY 2016-17, 0.55 percent in AY 2017-18 and 0.25 percent in AY 2018-19.

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The ministry, however, did not give the absolute number of cases picked up for scrutiny during these years.

State-wise data also showed while the scrutiny as percentage of income tax returns (ITRs) filed has come down, the number of returns filed during AY 2018-19 has gone up compared to AY 2017-18.

Scrutiny cases in Odisha reduced to 0.12 percent in AY 2018-19, from 0.37 percent in the year before. Similarly, for Punjab, it came down from 0.40 percent to 0.14 percent in AY 2018-19.

As many as 10.29 lakh ITRs were filed in Odisha in AY 2018-19, against 8.31 lakh in AY 2017-18.

In Punjab, 27.65 lakh ITRs were filed in AY 2018-19, up from 23.44 lakh filed in 2017-18.

In West Bengal 38.93 lakh ITRs were filed in AY 2018-19, while cases picked up for scrutiny was 0.25 percent. This compares to 33.64 lakh ITRs filed and 0.59 percent scrutiny cases in 2017-18.
First Published on Aug 5, 2020 01:30 pm
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