On 22nd September 2017 to further terrorise the taxpayers and Professionals Income Tax Department has come up with a new requirement by which it has specified that from now onwards a Mobile number and Email address could be used only for three Income Tax Accounts instead of current limit of 10 accounts. Due to such change from this date when a Taxpayer tried to Login in his account and if his Email and Mobile is been used for more than three accounts he has to compulsorily change his mobile and Email address for that account to get a login into that account.
We already had few posts on the subject by which, we discussed why such requirement was undesirable in Tax Season, how it was implemented without Considering Practical Issues and without having discussion with impacted stakeholders.
We at TaxGuru published some of the letter / Post written by Our Guest Authors on the subject and highlighted the impacted of changes made by the department and requested them to take this step back. Relevant Post on the subject on Taxguru are as follows:-
Considering the Practical Problem people also started bombarding Twitter and Facebook wall of concerned officials showing their displeasure over the new implemented restrictions in use of Email Address and Mobile Number for Income Tax Account and other such things like recent Proposal to make taxpayer disclose his Income on Half Yearly basis by inserting Rule 39A. Some of such tweets are as follows:-
We know this govt doesn't need our votes but does it mean gets authority to harass citizens by frequent changes over night.
— Rajni Shah CA (@rmshah1961) September 22, 2017
Hopeless donkey work being imposed every day. What the purpose it will solve… But they know, all will do, so…….
— CA Manish Kabra (@CAManishKabra) September 22, 2017
— Karan Thacker (@ca_karanthacker) September 19, 2017
Better still have a daily system. Before going home, calculate the day's tax, file, pay & go. Good & simple tax. No year end work! Hurray!
— Rajgopalnb 🇮🇳 (@rajgopalnb) September 19, 2017
— Krishna Upadhya S (@KrishnaUpadhyaS) September 24, 2017
— CA SANDEEP GIANCHANDANI (@sandeepkgian) September 22, 2017
— CA. Rohan Mehta 🇮🇳 (@rohandmehta) September 22, 2017
Shhhhh IT dept might knock on ur door. #taxterrorism
— vijaita singh (@vijaita) September 22, 2017
— Rutvij (@rutvij76) September 22, 2017
— Rahul Verma (@rahulca89) September 23, 2017
— CA. Bhavik Mehta (@BMMEHTA89) September 22, 2017
— Ashok Seth (@caashokseth) September 22, 2017
— Hitarth Dhebar 🇮🇳 (@Hitarth_Dhebar) September 23, 2017
Sensing the mood of Taxpayers through such tweets and various open letters submitted to Income Tax Department and concerned officials, Income Tax Department has decided to provide Relief from this unplanned Income Tax Login compliance and has made the same optional. Now you can skip the page demanding new email, bank account info on Income tax Login. To login without filing newly required Information’s Click on Skip Button at the bottom of the page.
Salute to power of Social Media. We at Taxguru request all taxpayers and professionals that if we do not like a move by government we all should atleast tweet on the subject to Government and share our views with them. If we do not stand for ourselves no one else will. No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Compiled by – CA Sandeep Kanoi