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What are common myths on online tax filing?

5 common myths on online tax filing
Online filing is not only the simplest way to file your ITR, but refunds are also issued faster on for electronically filed Returns. Some of the common myths on online filing are summarized below:



Need Digital signature for e-filing the income tax return.

Reality: Digital signature is not mandatory for individuals earning income of upto INR 100 lakhs per annum. You also don't need one if you e-file your return and then post a signed ITR V form to the CPC, Bangalore.


More chances of scrutiny for the electronically filed returns.

Reality: This is purely a fictitious assumption. Every year income tax department pulls out random list of people to scrutinize. Whether the person has filed income tax returns electronically or through traditional paper filing method have no bearing on this list. In fact, Online Filing can help in automatically tallying Returns Particulars filed by you and that filed by your Employer, Banks and other Financial Institutions.


E-filing cost while physical return doesn't cost anything.

Reality: E-filing through the government site and is absolutely FREE.


One cannot revise the return if filed electronically.

Reality: E-filed returns can be revised in the same way as those filed in any other manner. allows you to file revised tax return for current FY 2011-12 (AY 2012-13).


E-filing is unsafe.

Reality: All registered e-filing portals send the tax returns uploaded by assesses to the Income Tax Department. The government website uses the latest software to make it fully secure.

For example, uses 128-bit encryption to transmit data. There is very little or no chance of it being hacked.

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