The much awaited new tax filing portal went live only late in the evening much to the chagrin of chartered accountants who vented their ire on the government on Twitter.
The income tax authorities had said the new portal would be launched on Monday June 7. The old portal was shut down from June 1 to June 6.
However, much to the disappointment of the filers, the new portal remained out of bounds throughout the day on Monday. Vikram Dangi, a chartered accountant, tweeted, “If you can’t stay on your timings, please also don’t expect tax payers to file returns and pay taxes on time. Why to charge late fee from them.”
Government officials said they had not given any time when the portal would go live on Monday.
The new portal — www.incometax.gov.in — replaces the olderincometaxindiaefiling.gov.in website
The income tax department also asked taxpayers to re-register their DSC (Digital Signature Certificate), update their personal mobile number and email ID under “primary contact”, act on “pending action” and respond to “outstanding demand”.
The portal has separate tabs for different categories of taxpayers, like individual, company, non-company and tax professionals. It has a drop-down menu for taxpayers for checking instructions on ITR filing, refund status and tax slabs.