A sign reading “Pay Your Tax” sits outside the income tax office in Kolkata, India (Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg)

Taxpayers To Soon Get Pre-Filled Income Tax Return Forms, Says CBDT 

Taxpayers will soon get pre-filled income tax return forms that will make the process of filing returns easier, Central Board of Direct Taxes Chairman Sushil Chandra said.

The tax department, according to Chandra, is working on pre-filled forms which will be based on tax deducted at source details filed with the department by the employer or any other entity.

"You will be getting a pre-filled return form on which we are working because your TDS is with us. So, we are moving towards that direction,” he said.

We want to make it (processing of return form) very fast, maybe in a day or a week. That system is also under preparation and it may take a year or so. So that you get a pre-filled form, and you can justify that form is correct. We will accept it. 
Sushil Chandra, Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes

He said that only 0.5 percent of cases had been taken up for scrutiny and even these cases have been selected by computer system.

"There is no discretion (in selecting income tax-related cases). Our endeavour is to curtail the discretion of tax officials," Chandra said.