To encourage more individuals to file returns and widen the tax net, the government is set to introduce a single-page income tax (I-T) return form from April 1. This will be for those with annual salaried income up to Rs 50 lakh, much higher than Rs 5-lakh limit proposed in the Union Budget, told by Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia.
He added this would only be for those with salaried and one house rent income.There are 290 million PAN card holders (the I-T dept identification) but only 60 minutes return filers. Currently, the I-T form is three pages. It was simplified two years ago, when a controversial provision for mandatory disclosure of foreign trips and dormant bank accounts was removed.