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A year since note ban: Number of tax payers goes up

From April 1, 2017 to August 5, 2017, 2.79 crore returns have been filed by individual taxpayers as against 2.23 crore returns filed during corresponding period of last year

GN Bureau | November 8, 2017


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There has been a significant increase in the number of income tax payers following demonetisation that took place on November 8, 2016.

The number of e-filed personal income tax returns (ITRs) filed from April 1, 2017 to August 5, 2017 over the ITRs filed in corresponding period of earlier years have gone up.
 
The data maintained by the Income Tax department shows that 2.79 crore e-returns of individual taxpayers were received as against 2.23 crore e-returns received during April 1, 2016 to August 5, 2016. Thus, the additional ITRs received in 2017 works out to be 56 lakh.
 
During the same period of 2015, 2 crore e-returns were received, meaning thereby, that in 2016, only 22 lakh additional e-returns were received by the due date of filing.
 
Incidentally, the growth in the number of taxpayers discussed in the Economic Survey Volume 2 is based on the number of new taxpayers assuming the previous year’s growth rate as the reference growth rate.
 
A reply to an unstarred question in Rajya Sabha on August 1, 2017 mentioned that during November 9, 2016 to March 31, 2017 the number of ITRs filed was 1.96 crore as against 1.63 crore filed during the corresponding period of last financial year (2015-16). Therefore, number of additional returns filed during this period works out to be 33 lakh.
 
From April 1, 2017 to August 5, 2017, 2.79 crore returns have been filed by individual taxpayers as against 2.23 crore returns filed during corresponding period of last year. The number is expected to further rise significantly as many more taxpayers are still to file their returns.
 

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