5.89 crore IT returns in 2021-22 a fall from previous year

GST collection rose 13% on increased economic activities

New Delhi, Jan 1 (UNI): As many as 5.89 crore taxpayers filed their Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for assessment year (AY) 2021-22 on the new e-filing portal of the Income Tax department as on December 31, 2021, the extended due date for filing the returns.

In comparison, as on January 10, 2021 (the extended due date for ITRs for AY 2020-21), the total number of ITRs filed was 5.95 crore.

“Out of 5.89 crore ITRs filed for 2021-22, as on 31st December 49.6% of these are ITR1 (2.92 crore), 9.3% are ITR2 (54.8 lakh), 12.1% are ITR3 (71.05 lakh), 27.2% are ITR4 (1.60 crore), 1.3% are ITR5 (7.66 lakh), ITR6 (2.58 lakh) and ITR7 (0.67 lakh),” said the Income Tax department.

“Over 45.7% of these ITRs have been filed using the online ITR form on the portal and the balance have been uploaded using the ITR created from the offline software utilities,” it said.

As per the data shared by the department, more than 46.11 lakh ITRs were filed on December 31. On the cut-off date for filing returns for AY21, 31.05 lakh returns had been filed.

The department said that in order to assist taxpayers with a smooth experience on the portal, 16,850 taxpayer calls and 1,467 chats were responded to by the Helpdesk.

“In addition, the department has been proactively engaging with and reaching out to taxpayers and professionals for assistance on its official Twitter handle. On December 31 alone, more than 230 tweets from taxpayers and professionals were responded to,” it said.

In view of problems faced by taxpayers due to pandemic and glitches in the filing portal, the government had extended the due date for filing returns twice — first from July to September and then from September to December 31.

The year 2021 ended on a higher note for goods and services tax (GST) collection with total mop-up rising 13% year-on-year to Rs 1,29,780 crore in December.

Increased economic activities and better compliance aided the growth in GST collection last month.

“Coupled with economic recovery, anti-evasion activities, especially action against fake billers have been contributing to the enhanced GST. The improvement in revenue has also been due to various rate rationalization measures undertaken by the Council to correct inverted duty structure,” Finance Ministry said.

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