Why is the filing of tax return so complex a task?
Patches to tax laws have made them extremely complex and inconsistent at times
The due date for the filing of tax returns by individual taxpayers was recently extended to 31 December from the earlier extended date of 30 September. Such an extension was necessitated as taxpayers faced problems in filing returns on the new income tax portal, which was launched on 8 June. The finance minister had set deadline of 15 September for the software company that built the portal to sort out the issues. The deadline has come and gone, but problems persist. This begs a question: Are our tax laws and procedures too complex and convoluted to be easily understood and incorporated even by a world-renowned software developer, or were the development plans for the new portal too ambitious, without first getting the nuts and bolts right?