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The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Tuesday said that no “large scale changes” have been made in any of the Income Tax Return (ITR) forms, rejecting the reports on social media.

The policy-making body of the income tax department issued a statement saying that only the utility software has been updated, the process relating to which will not hamper the filing of returns as the taxpayers can file returns using the utility, which is available at that point of time

“No changes have been made in any of the ITR forms including ITR-2 and ITR-3 since the notification made on April 1, 2019, i.e., on the first day of the assessment year 2019-20,” read a CBDT press note.

The CBDT clarified that the software utility for e-filing of all the ITR forms has been released long back.

“The utility for e-filing ITR-2 and ITR-3 were released on May 2 and May 10, 2019 respectively. However, the software utility update is a dynamic process and is continuously taken up as per the feedback received from the users/filers to ease their experience in electronic filing of the return,” it said.

The policy body further explained that the update in the utility of ITR forms has been done on the grounds of feedback and largely aims at making the process easier for the taxpayer with easier e-filing.

The CBDT also maintained that over 8.5 million taxpayers have filed returns in ITR-1 till date by using the said utility, which had also undergone update later.

“Therefore, the impression that the taxpayers are not able to file return due to changes in ITR form is also not correct as more than 1.38 crore taxpayers have already filed their returns by using the utility released till date,” it said.

The deadline for filing of returns is July 31.

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