With the Finance Ministry publishing the gazette order on Monday, taxpayers and other entities can now file their ITR till August 31, the new deadline set in this regard by the government after it dropped the earlier forms which had attracted criticism for seeking numerous additional details like that of filers' foreign travel and about dormant bank accounts.
The most simplified form, ITR-2A, to be filled by those individuals and HUFs who do not have income from either business, profession or by way of capital gains and do not hold foreign assets, only asks for the passport number of the tax-filer, with the words 'if available'.
Filers now will have to declare only about the 'total number of savings and current bank accounts" held by them "at any time during the previous year (excluding dormant accounts)'.
The form also has space to fill up the IFSC code of the bank and in an additional feature, tax filers have been given an option to indicate their bank accounts in which they would want their refund credited.
The I-T Department, in the new ITRs, has also sought the Aadhaar number of filers and has also given options for providing two email ids to it. "The inclusion of Aadhaar and emails are to ensure a regime of online ITR filing in the country," a senior official said.
The department has also provided for an additional four-page schedule to this simplified form for those who wish to file anymore details, applicable in a case-to-case basis.


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