Income Tax Department Cautions Against Breach In E-Filing Accounts
The Income Tax Department head office in Mumbai. (Photograph: BloombergQuint)

Income Tax Department Cautions Against Breach In E-Filing Accounts

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The Income-Tax Department has asked taxpayers to guard against possible breach of their personal e-filing account and report such an instance to the police cyber security wing.

"If you think your e-filing account many have been compromised or accessed in an unauthorised manner, then you may be a victim of cybercrime," the department said in an advisory.

"Please report the incident to the concerned police or cyber cell authorities as a first step," it said.

The e-filing account of an individual or entity is accessed by logging on to the web portal of the department-- https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

A senior official said the advisory has been issued in the wake of an increased vulnerability and attacks on online systems as the country and the world battle the Covid-19 pandemic and more online systems are being used due to a major scaling down of human interface.

The department also suggested that a person can also file an online criminal complaint/FIR by visiting https://cybercrime.gov.in/ that has been launched by the government to facilitate victims and complainants to report cybercrime complaints online.

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The advisory added that the department, on its part, will also share information related to a cyber crime instance with relevant law enforcement authorities when so summoned under their statutory powers of investigation.

"As a general precaution, please do not share your login credentials or other sensitive information," it said.

The e-filing account is used by taxpayers to file their income tax returns and perform a host of other tax-related works.

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