Income Tax Refunds Status on Website
[Submitted by CA. Praveen Chopra,
February 20, 2008
As per Press reports -The Income Tax Department (Mumbai region) has put on its website the list of income tax refunds for assessment years 2003\04 to 2006\07 of all salary tax payers which could not be sent to the concerned persons for want of correct address. Salary taxpayers who have not received refunds for assessment years 2003\04 to 2006\07 can log on to the website (www.incometaxindia.gov.in) (Mumbai region) and query using the PAN number and assessment year whether any refund due to them has been returned undelivered from the menu `undelivered salary refund management system’ If any refund has been returned undelivered due to change in address, then the taxpayer can enter the present address and the refund will be sent to the taxpayer at the new address, the release added.
Similar information for all assessees –individuals, firms. Companies etc - must be put on website of Income Tax Department for all Metro and other major cities of
Also in view of Right to Information Act and otherwise also for the convenience of tax payers especially for those who have claimed refund but not received I suggest the status of all I T returns filed with regard to position of assessments and refunds sent or refunds sent but received back due to any reasons especially till Assessment Year 2007-08 at least for last five years this kind of information must be put on website as there are quite a good number of such cases for past many years) must be put on website of Income Tax department. Since now onwards refunds shall be sent through ECS, therefore a list of refunds sent through ECS may be put on website on monthly basis so that if any assessee’ account is not credited with I T Refund due to any reasons he can contact the IT Dept. –that too –should be though E-mail –so that he is not required to visit IT dept personally and save his own time and of the staff of IT dept too! Also there are instances of wrong PAN number being quoted unintentionally by many genuine assesssees, therefore, such a list with their names and addresses be put on website and an opportunity may be given to them for correcting the PAN Number through E-Mail or by a simple letter in person with concerned department.