CBDT  said that there are no changes in the notified ITR forms; only the utility has been updated to facilitate the taxpayers. Therefore, the assertion that numerous changes have been made in ITR-2 and ITR-3 on July 11, 2019, does not give a correct picture.

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes

New Delhi, 16th July, 2019


CBDT issues clarification on incorrect reports in social media pertaining to difficulty in filing of Income Tax Returns

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has said today that no changes have been made in any of the Income-tax Return (ITR) forms including ITR-2 and ITR­3 since the notification made on 1st April 2019, i.e. on the 1st day of the Assessment Year 2019-20. There were reports in social media that the taxpayers were facing difficulties in filing return of income in ITR-2 & ITR-3 due to large scale changes in the ITR form on 11th July, 2019.

It is stated that the software utility for e-filing of all the ITR forms has been released long back. The utility for e-filing ITR-2 and ITR-3 was released on 2nd May and on 10th May 2019 respectively. However, the software utility update is a dynamic process and is continuously taken up as per the feedback received from the users/filers to ease their experience in electronic filing of returns.

It is further clarified that the updating of utility does not hamper filing of return as the taxpayers are allowed to file using the utility which is available at that point of time. For example, more than 85 lakh taxpayers have filed returns in ITR-1 till date by using the said utility, which has also undergone update later. Therefore, the impression that the taxpayers are not able to file return due to changes in ITR form is also not correct as more than 1.38 crore taxpayers have already filed their returns by using the utility released till date. Even though the utility is being updated regularly to provide ease to taxpayers, the returns filed by using the previous version of utility will continue to be valid.

It is pertinent to state that the updation in utility of ITR forms is based on feedback and mainly aimed at easing the compliance burden of the taxpayers by facilitating easier e-filing. For instance, this year, the facility of pre-filling of return forms has been provided based on the information furnished in the TDS statements. This facility has been updated in the utility subsequently. This would substantially reduce the efforts of taxpayers in filling of return forms.

It is reiterated that there are no changes in the notified ITR forms; only the utility has been updated to facilitate the taxpayers. Therefore, the assertion that numerous changes have been made in ITR-2 and ITR-3 on July 11, 2019, does not give a correct picture.

(Surabhi Ahluwalia)

Commissioner of Income Tax

(Media & Technical Policy)

Official Spokesperson, CBDT.

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    those who filed their returns, what action taken by CBTD against them . their returns treated as a defective or not. I request to CBDT to Extent the due date


    The time allowed to e verify ITR 4 with Aadhar number is so short that I could not fill in the Aadhar number to generate e verified ITR V.


    I tried to e verify my ITR-4 with my Aaadhar number. But the time allowed to fill up my Aadhar number was so short that I could not e verify the return. I had to take trouble of sending my ITR V by post.

  4. Komal says:

    We are not avle to file the ITR2 and ITR3 as the changes are made by the CBDT. Even they have release the ITR 3 utility at may end instead of april 1st weekand now they are changing daily.

  5. S Selvamani says:

    CBDT statement is not correct. Earlier version for ITR2 could not be uploaded.
    While in physical form exemption of Rs one lakh inLTCG, it is not allowed in the utility.In CG schedule column B4 f should be 4d minus 4e but in utility it is stated as 4c minus 4e Thus exemption upto one lakh is disallowed

  6. AKV says:

    It appears that CIT is giving press release without going through the content of representation. If this is the level of senior government officers, then how department can expect even better level of status from the common man who dont understand nitty grity of Taxation laws. Very unfortunate state of affairs are prevailing in the department. HOPE NIRMALAJI TAKES DUE NOTICE OF SUCH IRRESPONSIBLE PRESS RELEASE RELEASED BY CIT

  7. Sanjeev says:

    It is incorrect to say that system is accepting any utility. I tried twice filing ITR 4 but both the times, it was not accepted with a message that please use latest utility.

  8. MUTHUKUMAR N says:

    In ITR 2 a new schedule 112A is introduced and the figures as per the schedule is carried over to CG schedule. But the the utility is not reducing the exemption amount of 1 lakh from LTCG and the entire amount is taken by the utility for calculation of tax.


    I do find difficulty in filing my Return on ITR3. CBDT has only said “More than 85 lakh tax payers have filed their Returns on ITR1”. The complaint is re ITR2 and ITR3 and not re ITR1. (I haven’t tried ITR1 or ITR2 though). The efiling executives are not very helpful. They simply asked me to call a technician for help- that I am doing now.

  10. kgoyal says:

    surprising govt making every day changes in the schema either gst or any other act at the last moment then says no major changes how the people can understand same within short time and same can be incorporated in the software . Govt should think about it and hopeful stake holder will realise that 30 days food can not be eaten in one day and for 29 days fast can not be done

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