New I-T forms soon

New Delhi, Mar 30 | Updated: Mar 31 2007, 05:30am hrs
The controversial Form 2F, used by individual taxpayers for filing returns, may see some changes for the assessment year (AY) 2007-08. The Central Board of Direct Taxes on Friday said new return forms are being prepared for 2007-08 and has asked taxpayers to wait for the same.

Sources said the department is planning to alter the present IT form to make it simpler and hassle-free. It has roped in IIMs for the purpose. However, it is yet to decide whether to introduce the new form for AY 2007-08.

The revised form is likely to have a new format with heads to provide for investment in various tax savings instruments like public provident fund or for purchase of medical insurance, they added.

However, it is yet to decide whether to withdraw the contentious cash flow statement, sources said.

The Cash Flow Statement, a crucial part of all three I-T return forms introduced last year, has received widespread criticism and is considered unjust to the salaried class as it requires a lot of additional information.