After getting severe criticism for seeking numerous additional details, the Income Tax department on Tuesday notified the new set of ITR forms, including a three-page simplified one, for taxpayers to file their returns for assessment year 2015-16.
The new form does not seeking details of foreign travels and about dormant bank accounts. The taxpayers and other entities can now file their returns till August 31.
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”.
The taxpayers now will have to only declare the total number of active bank accounts held by them, both current and savings, 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 e-mail ids to it.