Why you should send your Income Tax Return (ITRV) form by speed post?

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Why you should send your Income Tax Return (ITRV) form by speed post?
For those with income in excess of Rs 5 lakh and above, it is compulsory to file returns in the electronic form. After you file your return you have to send a hard or paper copy of the ITR V, which is actually an acknowledgement form of the IT returns filed by post to the central processing unit of the IT department in Bengaluru. Only post and speed post is allowed, no couriers.

Many Chartered Accountants on behalf of their clients tend to post the ITRV form. There is no harm if you send the same by post, but, what happens if the same is not received. Well, if the Income Tax Department does not receive the same, you have to once again sign and send the same. All this implies that you have wasted precious time in getting your refund. If, after a year the IT authorities say that they have not received it, well, what a waste of time. It's not a problem, if you have no refund that you are expecting. If there is a refund, there could be a delay.

Hence, the best way out is to ensure you send the same by speed post. At least there is some certainty that the ITRV would not be lost in post. It's important to note that the ITRV form should reach the department within 120 days from the date of filing of the tax return. The IT department takes about 4 weeks to acknowledge the ITRV.

The address to send the ITRV form is as follows:

Post Bag No.1, Electronic City Post Office, Bengaluru-560100 (Karnataka).

Remember, the last date to file income tax return this year is July 31, 2014. So, do not delay and do not forget to send your ITVRV by speed post. 

Also read How to file complaint for a delay in income tax refund here

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