New Delhi: The income-tax (I-T) department has temporarily suspended the e-filing of returns until it has renewed the website’s security certificate, which expired on 8 May, it said in a press release.
The clarification, issued following a story in Mint on 17 May, also stated that the process for renewal had been started well before the certificate had lapsed.
“Pending completion of certification procedure, the e-filing facility for AY (assessment year) 2010-11 has been temporarily suspended. This will not affect taxpayers in any way, as the earliest income-tax return for AY 2010-11 falls due on 31 July 2010. The facility is expected to be renewed very shortly,” the press release said.
Interestingly, the release added that “the e-filing portal of the income-tax department remains fully secure, and lapse of the security certificate does not mean that its security features are slackened or compromised”.
A senior official from Entrust, the agency that issued the security certificate to the I-T department, on Monday said the renewal procedure had been concluded.
A security certificate guarantees the authenticity of a website and ensures that all transactions are encrypted and, hence, secure.
Mint had earlier reported that due to the lapse of the security certificate, filing tax returns online could be risky as it could potentially compromise confidential information of tax assessees.