Simplification of Tax Return Filing

The income tax return filing has been made so complicated that no common man/person today is able to file her return on her own, without the help/assistance of tax professionals. Each time we have to depend upon a CA/practising income tax professional to file our return, which is ridiculous, completely uncalled for and must go. I filed my return within the stipulated time (without assistance from any tax professional) and the income tax department identified some error in my filing and served me with a notice. Moreover, Now they want the rectified /error-free form to be filed in a particular XML-Schemas format that is compatible with the latest windows version and no other version of windows. Neither I have the skill nor do I have the infrastructure to file the rectified return in the prescribed XML-Schemas format which appears to a complicated process for me. I tried calling/connecting with their toll-free number 1800-1034455 but to no avail, as the same is not working. In addition, in their notice (of the IT dept.) served on me say that they would invalidate my return if the rectified return is not filed within 15 days that is ending today. This is extremely burdensome on an honest taxpayer.

This kind of harassment in terms of the filing of the return in a particular format etc. must go. I through the local circles wish to bring this to the kind notice of the hon'ble minister and request her to kindly do away with this kind of harassment faced by common people and honest taxpayers and direct the income tax authorities to accept rectified returns in any format (of windows). This will save us from lot of unnecessary hassles in filing the tax return. more  

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I had suggested in earlier post on income tax return filing that all the columns of ITR form must be numbered and all the related documents like form 16A, TDS certificates, form 26AS interest certificate, loan certificate etc. which are used for filing tax return MUST also have same column number where is information is to be filled in ITR form. So the tax payer will simply see the column number in the certificate and transfer it in the same number of the ITR. This will simplify filling the ITR form to a great extent. more  
There is no point in clamouring for manual returns. You will never get refunds or rectificationsd. For the time being it is not advisable to file returns on your own. You have to approach a tax practitioner. No alternative untill Babus become honest or our system is transparent. Babus are born to loot India so never expect that. So do not engage yourself in misdadventure. Take help of a professional. more  
Manual submission of IT Returns may be considered also for senior citizens, retired persons, students, house wives having other source of income, etc. more  
It is a fact that a common, honest tax payer most of the time not so computer educated has to undergo hardship in filing the IT Return. Help desk at the IT offices may be set up to assist (free of cost) in filing and uploading the IT Returns will be helpful to the tax payers. more  
Good suggestions. more  
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