Few taxpayers were facing the ITR filing as a complicated and time consuming process, to make it simple and easy, The Income Tax Department has launched a lighter version of e-Filing portal, called ‘e-Filing Lite’.
The The ‘e-Filing Lite’ portal can be accessed through the main income tax e-filing website itself.
It will provide access only to three sections – Dashboard, My Account and E-File sections and under My Account section, only Form 26AS, Pre-filled returns and download of XML version of pre-filled returns will be possible.
From 1st August onwards, all registered users on the e-filing website have two ways to access the e-filing facility. The standard one is a little longer with multiple options and the another one is ‘Lite’ version is focused exclusively on ITR filing.
Taxpayers are free to use any of the two facilities to file ITR.
The left side of the income tax e-filing website’s homepage has a new section – ‘Quick ITR Filing’ – which takes you to the ‘Lite’ portal.
On the ‘Lite’ e-filing portal, you can file ITR, complete its e-verification process, download pre-fill XML, view form 26AS (for tax deducted at source credit) and check e-filed income tax returns (without XML/ITR/ITR-V download options).
However, other regular tabs like e-proceeding, e-nivaran, compliance, worklist and profile setting were taken off from the ‘lite version’. But the same are available in the standard version of e-filing facility.
The ‘Lite’ version is aimed to enable easy and quick ITR filing by all categories of taxpayers. In a relief to taxpayers, the government has already extended the due date for filing ITR by individuals for financial year 2018-19 till August 31.