New Delhi: The income-tax (I-T) department has resumed the e-filing of returns by taxpayers after having the security certificate of its website renewed.
The department had suspended e-filing after ‘Mint’ reported on 17 May that the security certificate had expired on 8 May, exposing the website to potential hacking attacks.
“Taxpayers can now e-file their income-tax returns without any difficulty,” the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a release on Wednesday. The portal had been issued a certificate by Entrust.net Secure Server Certification Authority on 8 May, 2008, that was valid for two years.
A security certificate guarantees the authenticity of a website, ensuring that all transactions are encrypted and secure. The lapse of the security certificate made filing tax returns online risky as it could potentially compromise confidential information of tax assessees.
According to the I-T department’s website, about 4.83 million returns were filed electronically in the assessment year 2009-10. E-filing is mandatory for corporate taxpayers and individuals with income exceeding Rs40 lakh.