PRESS RELEASE NO. DSM/BY/KP-163/10, DATED 17-5-2010

SECTION 139 OF THE INCOME – TAX ACT, 1961 – RETURN OF INCOME – GENERAL – CBDT CLARIFICATION ON SECURITY OF E-FILING PORTAL

PRESS RELEASE NO. DSM/BY/KP-163/10DATED 17-5-2010

A section of the media has reported that e-filing of Income-tax returns had turned risky as the security certification of the Income-tax department’s Internet portal had lapsed on 8th May, 2010.

In this regard, it has been clarified by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) that the process for renewal of the security certificate of the departments e-filing portal was initiated well in time before it lapsed on 8th May, 2010. Pending completion of certification procedure, the e-filing facility for assessment year 2010-11 has been temporarily suspended. This will not affect taxpayers in any way, as the earliest Income-tax return for assessment year 2010-11 falls due on 31st July, 2010. The facility is expected to be renewed very shortly.

It is also clarified that the e-filing portal of the Income-tax department remains fully secure and lapse of the security certificate does not mean that its security features are slackened or compromised

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