Filing income tax returns online have gain popularity in recent years. Some estimate that last year (2011) around 16 million tax payers used online option to file their tax returns. It is further estimated that this number would grow to around 25 million this year. With such a growth, there have been a slew of websites offering tax filing service for free to a few thousand rupees depending on your sources of income and ITR form used.
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This post covers a few of such websites and their offerings.
Cleartax.in have the following options:
e-Filing for Individuals: Rs. 249
Income from Salary, Interest, House Property and Capital Gains is included. Also, multiple Form-16s, automatic Form-16 PDF reading. Also, all Deductions and all Capital Losses.
e-Filing for Business and Profession: Rs. 749
For filing Business and Profession Income Tax Return. This includes ITR-4S and ITR-4. Ideal for freelancers
Digital Signature Certificate: Rs. 449
you get a Digital Certificate valid for one year and one Income Tax Return filing
Other than the above packages you can get your Income Tax returned reviewed by their charted accountants (CA) team for Rs. 499 to Rs. 1,499
Offer 1: Free e-Filing for Individuals till July 7, 2012
Offer 2: Free -Filing for Women till July 26, 2012
Myitreturn.com has following options:
Recommended for individuals with Salary/ Pension income and have no tax payable or refundable
Standard: Rs. 199
Recommended for individuals with Salary/ Pension income, have one or more houses and other sources of income.
Premium: Rs. 399
Recommended for individuals with Salary/ Pension income, have one or more houses, other sources of income, invested in shares and have foreign assets
Professional: Rs. 799
Professional Income and those who have small business.
NRI: Rs. 999
For those who have foreign earnings and are NRIs
Other than these packages this website provides for following additional value added services:
- Get your IT Return Reviewed by an Expert – Rs. 199 to Rs. 599
- Get yourself ‘Assessment Protection’ – Rs. 299 to Rs. 799
- ITR-V Submission Service – Rs. 99
- Track your Refund Status – Rs. 199
- ITR-V Receipt Status – Rs. 99
- Know your Return Processing Status – Rs. 99
- Tax planning for 2012-13 – Rs. 199 to Rs. 999
Taxspanner.com has the following options:
Salary Standard: Rs. 249
ITR-1 or ITR-2. Income from salary, house property, capital gains or other sources, except income from business or profession
Salary e-plus: Rs. 499
Same as Salary Standard along with review and assistance of a tax professional
Salary Premium: Rs. 749
All the benefits of Salary Standard and Salary e-plus and add on feature of tracking of your refunds and tax assessment order.
Business Standard: Rs. 749
To file Sugam or ITR-4 form. For agents, consultants, professionals and contractors.
Business e-plus: Rs. 1,499
Same as Business Standard along with review and assistance of a tax professional
Business Premium: Rs. 2,499
All the benefits of Business e-Plus with a tax vault, a secure online space to store your tax and accounting documents
Digital Signature Certificate: Rs. 599
Taxshax.com has the following packages:
Basic: Rs. 181
Income from salary, dividends, one self occupied house and agriculture income
Silver: Rs. 324
Basic package along with Capital gains
Gold: Rs. 524
Silver Package with income from one house property.
Taxsmile.com has following packages:
Silver: Rs. 250
ITR-1 and ITR-2. Salary, House property (i.e. Housing loan and rented income), Capital gain (Sale of shares and mutual funds, property and other asset), Business income (Consultancy, Professional Services, Speculation, Derivatives and Contract Employment) and Other Income (Interest, Dividends, Gifts, Winnings etc).
Gold: Rs. 400
Silver Package along with digital signature
Premium: Rs. 2,000
Gold Package along with virtual tax expert help for a year
Income Tax Department:
Free: Covers all forms
The above list of websites are some of the random picks there are scores of other websites with similar offerings. I would be adding more and more of them in this post in near future. If you want to recommend or review any of these websites, you are welcome. Also please share your experiences about filing income tax returns online.
12 thoughts on “Filing Income Tax Return Online: Website Options”
This list is very helpful. Thanks so much for sharing this important information regarding filing itr online
I think Tax2win is not mentioned here. It is the easiest way to file your ITR online .
I have observed that big sites like hrblock, cleartax are more oriented towards bulk business customers and the user experience may not be accurate or satisfactory when it comes to tax computation and filing. I will put my bet on small, customer oriented sites like https://hamaratax.com, taxmanager etc which are here from 2011 and onwards and remains persistent in their work unlike the new blocks.
Taxchanakya.com is another comprehensive portal for filing your income tax returns It has Silver plan for individuals. It is ideal if your income includes efile salary.
I use Taxshax.com. My experience with the site is very good.
I would personally advise taxpayers to use the Income Tax Portal as Income Tax efiling can be very easily done through this portal and it is self-explanatory
I haven’t used it myself so cannot comment. But I am sure it should not be difficult.
I am one of the partner of http://www.chaireturn.com We have been started Chaireturn in the year 2011 and filing income tax return with Rs. 179/-. Client just need to upload his form-16 in our website then we do rest for him. Appreciate if could include Chaireturn also in the above list.
Please google more about the Chaireturn for reviews, comments and market.
Last 2 years I am filing tax returns from I.T. Department site. I have no problem. Even Refund for the last year has been received.
I hope your comment would inspire our readers to use the Income tax department website for filing their IT return
Perfios.com is one other best platform to file tax return. Esp if u also manage the finance with the system. Their tax wizard for premium users is a breeze to work with. I filed my first tax filing using tax spanner. Perfios is much more organized to use.
I never used Perfios.com personally, but I an sure it would be good