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:-

Open Letter to PM related to income tax profile update on e-filing website

An Open Letter to Income Tax Department (Systems)

Open letter to CBDT on restriction on use of Email & Mobile Number

3 Changes on Income Tax Website WEF 22nd September 2017

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:-

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.

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53 responses to “Power of Social Media: I. T. Department relaxes restrictions on profile update”

  1. GANDHI MOHAN BHARATI says:

    Protests or NO protests. I am convinced that very powerful forces are quietly conspiring to bring down Modi Govt by stealthy manner of which the Ministers, they are sure, will NOT react.
    IT Department will drag their feet after raids; but harass the lowly honest Tax payers.
    If the Techies claim all intelligent, Aadhar is now linked to PAN, Bank Accounts, Voter ID, Ration Card, Mobile Phones etc. etc., WHY CAN’T THEY DATA MINE IT INSTEAD OF SEEKING INFORMATION FROM TAX PAYERS.
    If they cannot do it why harass us to Link Aadhaar to everything ?

  2. Khaja Anwar Mohiuddin says:

    The day to day change in income tax rules and procedures is causing head ache and trouble some to individuals who self declare their income and file the returns; the individual also files IT returns for his near relatives. There are various practical solution to catch defaulters, Many of the Government and PSU pensioners still do not pay income tax. The pension disbursement officers to effect TDS before the pension amount is sent to banks for disbursal. . It is better that the 22.09.2017 is cancelled and taken back,

  3. shailendra jain says:

    Best is to become a BPL person .
    Namo dont need taxpayers votes.
    All tax payers are cheaters.
    Tax terrorism at its best.
    Govt will do all without application of mind LIke dont Know ATM s need callibration, GST goof up is better less talked about, and wants all taxpayers to have super natural powers.

  4. CA S.Muthu Vijayan says:

    Still no use. After skipping it seems one cannot file return of income or download 26AS. What do the CBDT think. Its Cheating

  5. Y R Desai says:

    EYE WASH!
    CONCLUSION – SAME WAS NOT THAT MUCH IMPORTANT?
    WASTE OF TAX PAYERS MONEY ON CONCEIVING SUCH NOVEL IDEAS TO ADD TO THE WORRIES AND WORK OF TAX PAYERS- AM I RIGHT?

  6. T.SUNDARAM says:

    TAX TERRORISM

    A VERY APPROPRIATE WORD

    IT IS TIME, CITIZEN SHOULD FIGHT AGAINST THIS

  7. MANAN says:

    ISSUE : 26AS NOT ABLE TO VIEW THROUGH E-FILING WEBSITE….SHOWING TECHNICAL ERROR

  8. SUNIL KUMAR says:

    THANKS TO SOCIAL MEDIA,USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR GOOD CAUSE CAN EVEN MAKE A GOVT STEP DOWN FROM POWER

  9. SUNIL KUMAR says:

    THIS IS THE GOOD SIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA,SOCIAL MEDIA CAN EVEN TURN A GOVERNMENT

  10. KUNDAR RAMAN says:

    A person sitting to implement should know the consequences of such notifications before it is issued
    Minster is not be blamed but the officers who had such fancy idea to please his masters including the minister to be more cautious

  11. N K MALHOTRA says:

    VERY GOOD AND TIMELY EFFORT BY TAX GURU. MY HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS

  12. vyasadev Purohit says:

    MODI has become a law unto himself. Thinks that he will rule by always remaining in the news and limelight by taking unnecessary measures like that. Modi is an idiot in smirt robe. Winning election always does show ur popularity. But time will tell Modi’s prowess. He is on hot haste and destroying the economy systematically. May good sense prevail on this idiot.

  13. RAVI MENSINKAI says:

    EXCELLANT TAX GURU PLATFORM…

  14. S.G,RAMACHANDRAN, FCA says:

    If the IT Dept wishes to change any e-filing procedure, they should give the assesses adequate time .. Change in procedure like this, should be done only well before the e-filing season, not in the middle, as they did now.

  15. Sachin Patil says:

    Nothing Changed u cant file I.Tax Return without updating email id and mibile no……skip is given only for login……All Bakwas

  16. R.Balasundaram says:

    Ridiculous. Wasteful announcement. Thanks to the Social Media and TAX GURU

  17. R.Balasundaram says:

    Daily they will announce something which is senseless and then they will change sensing the opposition. Ridiculous.

  18. CA. S.C.Podder says:

    Unless we jointly push ( by letters , social media ( Face book , tweet etc ) the matter will not solved .

    Thanks to Team Tax Guru and Guest writers and comments . tweets, face book posting made by the Individuals .

  19. Atul Joshi says:

    Excellent Work by fellow members

  20. S Vanaja says:

    Dear Sir
    All the draconian laws of IT India should Repealed Forthwith & the IT RATES should be drastically reduced to a minimum of 5% & Max 10% Only. Further the GOI should Immediately create a User Friendly Software to enable all the citizens to automatically come into IT NET Voluntarily. THE GOI by bringing down the TAX rates as suggested above, can totally wipe off the all the Exemption sections of IT.Further by doing so the Public will be automatically filing IT Return every month as is being done with Sales Tax Dept & the IT Dues can very well be remitted in their respective bank accounts & there ends the matter for the month. If the Dept finds any due to govt by the assessee ,it can very well inform through MOB or e mail.If the the suggested slabs are introduced naturally the creation of Black Money will not be there.The present 30% & 40 % and penalty of equal amt remitted beyond the threshold limit etc are only a draconian law just to grab the hard earned money of the Genuine Tax Payer. The Present Modiji Govt Should have Political will to execute the Said Suggestion by an act of parliament

  21. M M Surana says:

    thanks to all Supporter. To some extent I agree with some good comments by supporters

  22. RC Lall says:

    Please keep all the businessman, professionals in your master role any pay them salary as per their earning after deduction of taxes and upload all the data you required in your portal. Keep them free so that they can do much more.

  23. SRINIVASAN S says:

    Thank u sir hats off to your efforts

  24. RADHESHYAM MODI ADVOCATE says:

    THE INCOME TAX DEPARTMENT SHOULD REVEAL THE LOGIC AND REASON TO ARRIVE AT THE FIGURE OF THREE TO EACH E-MAIL ID AND MOBILE. THE CALCULATION AT THE FIGURE OF THREE SHALL BE REVEALING WHAT APPREHENSIONS THE DEPARTMENT CARRIES FOR THE TAX PAYERS. THERE SHOULD BE JUSTIFICATION WHICH WOULD BE APPRECIATED BY THE TAX PAYERS IF IT IS JUSTIFIABLE.

  25. Tiru Narayan says:

    Splendid!!!

    I am hoping the Indian Government will now start thinking before issuing meaningless edicts.

  26. V. Ravi says:

    Thus, we have to be unity to get our feeling to succes.. thanks to all.

  27. v nayak says:

    The nuisance is not completely resolved. This seems to be temporary relief. The skip button can disappear any time. What then?

  28. navjiwan says:

    Inko koi dusra kaam kyo nahi dete modi ji. Arun Jetly ko Swach Bharat ka jharoo de do.

  29. Mukundan R says:

    Good achievement by Tax Guru

  30. Sunil says:

    This Govt. after getting a clear majority due to no strong opposition party, now thinks that they can do anything and harass the Citizens. If the trend continues the same masses will show the power of their vote to the Govt. Its high time Govt. realises this and concentrate more on nabbing people who washed off their hands during demonetization and work towards reducing inflation, increasing productivity, creating jobs and reduce Petrol/diesel prices. Another disaster the Govt is creating that of linking all Mobile Nos with Aadhar. While Aadhar was created they did not incorporate Mobile Nos. in Aadhar data and names were incl. fathers name whereas in PANcard and many other areas, Fathers name was not compulsory. Now the Govt wants aadhar mobile no and names t match or esle they want masses to run from pillar to post to get the Aadhar data corrected. Even after sending Aadhar modification Forms , they failed to modify the data due to technical errors. looks like we are living in North Korea!

  31. Anand says:

    A Great sense of satisfaction prevails when we all unite by raising the issue and make the decision makers roll back such ill thought out moves.Kudos to everyone on this platform !!

  32. naresh khanna says:

    Making it optional is also DADAGIRI…… That starting page does not serve any purpose.

  33. Kalpesh Patel says:

    Very nice move. It reflect that PMO is sensitive

  34. Davidson says:

    Let the government focus on development issues rather than on such trivial & unproductive matters.Government should concentrate on big fishes and recover loans which are turning bad on daily basis.

  35. KARTHIK says:

    Why this intiative not taken for swiss accounts and political corruption and Govt. official corruption because they knew people are bakkars by saying anti-corruption we can trouble them how much we want…. if they trouble politicians and Govt officials then their position only question so no person do like that… best example is petrol rate, service tax rate from 12.36% to 18%, all export services now through bond or IGST pay… such stupid decisions…

  36. Nitin ranka says:

    Thanks for action taken

  37. d k gupta says:

    Thanks for Good work. Pl carry the agenda for simplification of GST also.

  38. Brijesh says:

    Very nice move.

  39. ravindran says:

    Big relief to tax payers to access their own account by eliminating too many hurdles.

    • vikram sisodia says:

      Not only salute to power of social media, we should also salute the powers that be who are not only lending sympathetic ears but also acting with great alacrity.
      This should also be appreciated when compared to the earlier cabal led by then FM Mr.Chidambaram who considered themselves to be law unto themselves.

  40. Y K TRIVEDI says:

    Thanx to all of you

  41. CA J V BHANU PRAKASH says:

    Any success lies in the unity , thanks to all

  42. Narendra says:

    Excellent initiative and courage in the terrorising envirionment of MODI Era – the worst in history of independent INDIA.

  43. V Jerish says:

    Thanks a lot ‘Big Boss’….
    Love you for this effort….

  44. P. C. Kamath says:

    CBDT response is indeed a result of strong representation from the tax professionals and the timely awareness brought in by portals like taxguru.

  45. ANITA says:

    THANK YOU
    UNITY IS STRENGTH

  46. A Senthil says:

    Very nice. Appreciable moment from all. But this denotes that for every issues we have to get together and ring the bell strongly. Hence unity always strengthen.

  47. JAYANT RAJWAT says:

    Now it is clear that only social medial can reach the government and help make things user friendly for the tax payers.

  48. CA NARENDRA SEKSARIA says:

    THANKS TO TAX GURU AND ALL SUPPORTERS EVEN INCLUDING ME FOR PROTESTING SUCH BAD MOVE BY GOVT -REQUEST- LET ALL REMAIN UNITED AND ALWAYS PROTEST FAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR FOR ANY BAD MOVE WITH SUGGESTION PL SIGN ONLINE PETITION FOR NO GST ON CO OP HOSG SOC -AREADY SIGNED 30000—-

  49. R SRINIVASAN says:

    .I was one of the guys who voted for a change for the better and against policy paralysis. But I am totally disappointed at the present government’s performance.
    What about the ease of Governance promised by Shri. Modi. BJP is going to lose huge middle class votes in 2019

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