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Haven t got income tax refund as yet? You may need to confirm it to the tax dept
January, 29th 2021

Your income tax refund may be held up pending your confirmation about its accuracy if there was a significant difference in incomes or deductions that you claimed while filing your ITR compared to your Form 16 or 16A. In this case, for refund to be credited into your bank account you may have to respond to the email sent by IT department, asking you to confirm your refund claim.

Kapil Rana, Founder & Chairman, HostBooks, a tax compliance solution provider says "While processing ITR with a refund claim, for the first time the department is asking individual taxpayers for confirmation on correctness of differences in income appearing in Form 16 or Form 16A or Form 26AS and also difference in deduction / exemption as appearing in Form 16 and as claimed by the assessee while filing ITR."

This is largely happening in the cases where the difference on account of deductions and exemptions shown in the Form 16 and the ones claimed in final ITR is big. Abhishek Soni, CEO and co-founder, Tax2Win.in, an ITR filing company says, "Practically, this year we have observed that the Income Tax Department is sending one email to the taxpayers where there are huge deviations in the income tax return filed as compared to the form 16. In such cases, the Income Tax Department is sending the mail  ..

The text of the email received by some taxpayers is somewhat as below:

Dear Taxpayer,
It is seen that a claim of refund has been made in the Income Tax Return xxxxxxxxxx for 2020 filed by you on xx-SEP-20.
Your Income Tax Return has been selected under risk management process wherein your confirmation is required on the claim of refund. You are requested to submit your response in the e-Filing Portal post login by selecting either of the following options:

  • he claim of refund is correct to the best of my knowledge and belief
  • Return of Income is being revised wherein, correct claim of refund shall be made
To submit the response, please login to e-Filing portal, Go to Worklist->For Your Action-> Response for Refund Confirmation.
Please verify the claims made in your Return of Income filed and submit your response accordingly. In case of any incorrect claims, please revise your Income Tax Ret ..

Please submit your response within 30 days of receipt of this e-mail. Please ignore this mail, if you have already submitted your response.



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