e-filing of Income Tax Returns registers an increase of 19%. There have been some incorrect reports in media pertaining to reduction in numbers of Income Tax Returns (ITR) e-filed during Financial Year (F.Y.) 2018-19 as compared to F.Y. 2017-18.

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Government of India
Ministry of Finance
06-May-2019 18:17 IST

E-filing of Income Tax Returns registers an increase of 19%

There have been some incorrect reports in media pertaining to reduction in numbers of Income Tax Returns (ITR) e-filed during Financial Year (F.Y.) 2018-19 as compared to F.Y. 2017-18. This is factually untrue, because the figures for F.Y. 2017-18 and F.Y. 2018-19 are not directly comparable.

It is stated that during F.Y. 2017-18, out of a total of 6.74 crore ITRs which were e-filed, 5.47 crore ITRs were filed for Assessment Year(A.Y.) 2017-18 (the current year). In comparison, during F.Y. 2018-19, a total of 6.68 crore ITRs were e-filed which included 6.49 crore ITRs of current A.Y. 2018-19 marking an increase of almost 19%. This would imply that substantially larger number of taxpayers filed their ITRs electronically in the F.Y. 2018-19 as compared to F.Y. 2017-18.

Furthermore, during F.Y. 2017-18, apart from the returns for the A.Y. 2017-18, nearly 1.21 crore ITRs were filed for A.Y. 2016-17. The balance number of ITRs filed for A.Y. 2015-16 and prior A.Ys is 0.06 crore. In comparison, during F.Y. 2018-19 only 0.14 crore ITRs for A.Y. 2017-18 were filed. Thus, the apparent decrease in the number of ITRs filed during F.Y. 2018-19 pertaining to earlier years was due to an amendment in Section 139(5) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 brought in vide Finance Act, 2017, w.e.f. 01.04.2018, which mandated that a revised return could be furnished only upto the end of the relevant Assessment Year. As a result, only 0.14 crore ITRs pertaining to A.Y. 2017-18 were filed during F.Y. 2018-19 as these were the revised ITRs for the relevant A.Y. which could only be filed due to change in law and no other ITR of any earlier A.Y. could be filed in view of the amended provisions of law.

These figures are also available in the Tab-> ‘Filing growth (A.Y.)’ on the e-filing website.

It is also stated that the number of paper ITRs for A.Y. 2017-18 was only 9.2 lakh (1.5% of total ITRs filed) and the number of paper ITRs for A.Y. 2018-19 is 4.8 lakh (0.6% of total ITRs filed). As per the above details, it is evident that most of the taxpayers have steadily switched to e-filing which is clear from the dwindling numbers of paper returns filed for A.Y. 2018-19 compared to earlier years.


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Highlights of e-Filing of Income Tax Returns (ITR)

No of Registered Users as on 31/03/2019 8,45,14,539
Peak rate of receipt of returns per day as on 31/08/2018 34,95,093
Peak rate of receipt of returns per hour as on 31/08/2018 3,31,183
Peak rate of receipt of returns per minute as on 31/08/2018 6,765
Percentage of returns filed using Utility provided by Department 44%
Percentage of returns filed outside office hours 53%

ITR Wise receipt of e-Return March, 2019

S.No. ITR FY 2016-17 FY 2017-18 FY 2018-19
1 ITR-1 2,14,55,515 2,90,67,029 3,17,00,240
2 ITR-2 (Till AY 2016-17) 21,89,065 3,76,948 43,752
3 ITR-2 (From AY 2017-18) 46,55,177 47,77,808
4 ITR-2A (For AY 2015-16 & 2016-17) 16,72,759 3,13,934 5,460
5 ITR-3 (Till AY 2016-17) 9,66,823 1,75,896 9,584
6 ITR-3 (From AY 2017-18) 99,08,934 1,25,11,740
7 ITR-4S (Till AY 2016-17) 1,18,57,709 44,95,327 77,283
8 ITR-4 (Till AY 2016-17) 1,23,90,871 29,85,995 1,21,011
9 ITR-4 (From AY 2017-18) 1,27,61,551 1,47,73,246
10 ITR-5 12,61,922 15,12,496 15,57,596
11 ITR-6 8,01,115 9,38,620 9,62,573
12 ITR-7 2,72,258 2,82,997 2,68,836
Total 5,28,68,037 6,74,74,904 6,68,09,129

FY 2016-17 => From 01/04/2016 to 31/03/2017    FY 2017-18 => From 01/04/2017 to 31/03/2018    FY 2018-19 => From 01/04/2018 to 31/03/2019

Filing Growth of Income Tax Returns (ITR) (between previous FY and current FY Year to Date)

S.No. ITR FY 2017-18 FY 2018-19 Growth (%)
1 ITR-1 2,90,67,029 3,17,00,240 9.06
2 ITR-2 or ITR 2A 53,46,059 48,27,020 -9.71
3 ITR-3(Till AY 2016-17) ITR 3 (from AY 2017-18) ITR 4(Till AY 2016-17) 1,30,70,825 1,26,42,335 -3.28
4 ITR-4S(Till AY 2016-17) ITR 4 (from AY 2017-18) 1,72,56,878 1,48,50,529 -13.94
5 ITR-5 15,12,496 15,57,596 2.98
6 ITR-6 9,38,620 9,62,573 2.55
7 ITR-7 2,82,997 2,68,836 -5.00
Total 6,74,74,904 6,68,09,129 -0.99

FY 2017-18 => From 01/04/2017 to 31/03/2018    FY 2018-19 => From 01/04/2018 to 31/03/2019

Note: the figures for F.Y. 2017-18 and F.Y. 2018-19 are not directly comparable.

Income Tax Returns (ITR) Count from 01-Apr-2018 to 31-Mar-2019

ITR AY 2017-18 AY 2018-19 Increase(%)
ITR-1 Offline 1,24,45,410 1,40,29,763 12.73
ITR-1 Online 1,26,01,260 1,71,37,194 36.00
ITR-1 Sub Total 2,50,46,670 3,11,66,957 24.44
ITR-2 46,55,177 46,12,120 -0.92
ITR-3 99,08,934 1,21,49,205 22.61
ITR-4 Offline 90,02,867 96,91,849 7.65
ITR-4 Online 37,58,684 46,84,053 24.62
ITR 4 Sub Total 1,27,61,551 1,43,75,902 12.65
ITR-5 13,15,360 15,03,185 14.28
ITR-6 8,19,063 8,92,103 8.92
ITR-7 2,23,549 2,40,114 7.41
Total 5,47,30,304 6,49,39,586 18.65

Category and Income Range Wise ITR filing count for current Financial Year

S. N. Category Range 1 Range 2 Range 3 Range 4 Range 5 Range 6
1 Association Of Persons 1,77,940 4,974 2,824 1,882 934 1,766
2 Body Of Individuals 5,644 215 102 60 38 59
3 Company 6,99,180 40,504 40,376 45,528 27,618 54,523
4 Firm 11,27,002 84,481 57,698 44,618 20,682 18,152
5 Government 298 2 2 5
6 Hindu Un-divided Family 9,74,393 1,48,054 43,174 12,606 2,579 1,344
7 Artificial Juridical Person 9,362 224 133 98 53 161
8 Local Authority 3,219 44 38 34 18 81
9 Individual 4,58,52,470 1,02,69,396 29,66,222 11,16,771 2,05,704 1,02,637
10 Trust 2,59,502 4,478 1,911 1,330 588 1,443
Total 49109010 10552372 3112480 1222927 258214 180171

Range1 =>  Up to ₹5,00,000, Range2 =>  ₹5,00,001 – ₹10,00,000, Range3 =>  ₹10,00,001 – ₹20,00,000, Range4 =>  ₹20,00,001 – ₹50,00,000, Range5 =>  ₹50,00,001 – ₹1,00,00,000, Range6 =>  Above ₹1,00,00,000

 State wise ITR filing count for current Financial Year

S.No. State Count
1 ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS (UT) 40,818
2 ANDHRA PRADESH 22,10,878
3 ARUNACHAL PRADESH 23,065
4 ASSAM 8,47,417
5 BIHAR 17,08,091
6 CHANDIGARH (UT) 2,72,594
7 CHHATTISGARH 10,65,714
8 DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI (UT) 35,970
9 DAMAN & DIU (UT) 21,839
10 DELHI (UT) 36,43,349
11 GOA 2,32,948
12 GUJARAT 66,04,451
13 HARYANA 24,81,249
14 HIMACHAL PRADESH 5,25,045
15 JAMMU & KASHMIR 4,59,613
16 JHARKHAND 11,16,353
17 KARNATAKA 39,19,473
18 KERALA 17,18,799
19 LAKSHADWEEP (UT) 4,647
20 MADHYA PRADESH 26,35,445
21 MAHARASHTRA 1,06,86,533
22 MANIPUR 52,700
23 MEGHALAYA 37,465
24 MIZORAM 3,938
25 NAGALAND 21,318
26 ORISSA 11,12,074
27 PONDICHERRY (UT) 97,833
28 PUNJAB 30,67,644
29 RAJASTHAN 41,28,911
30 SIKKIM 16,682
31 FROM STATES OUTSIDE INDIA 49,892
32 TAMILNADU 45,37,303
33 TELANGANA 22,59,002
34 TRIPURA 86,334
35 UTTAR PRADESH 60,72,493
36 UTTARAKHAND 7,81,893
37 WEST BENGAL 42,29,356
Total 6,68,09,129

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