As the deadline for filing Income Tax Return (ITR) has passed, the Income Tax Department has received a substantial number of returns from taxpayers. Out of approximately 7 crore people who have filed their ITR, about 3 crore returns have already been processed by the department.
When a considerable amount of time has passed since filing the Income Tax Return (ITR) and the refund has not been processed yet, there might be several reasons behind the delay. Advances in technology have undoubtedly reduced the average processing time for online refunds. However, certain factors can still lead to delays in the refund process, and taxpayers should be aware of these possibilities. Typically, the refund of tax returns is expected to be processed within 7 days, but in some cases, it may take up to 120 days or more.
Five Reasons for Not Receiving a Tax Refund:
Incorrect Bank Account Details:
If you have provided incorrect bank account information during the filing of your income tax return, the refund may not be credited successfully. Double-checking the accuracy of your bank account details is essential to avoid this issue.
Submission of Incomplete Documents:
Failing to submit all the required documents or providing incomplete information during the filing process can lead to delays in refund processing. Ensuring that all necessary documents are provided can help expedite the refund.
False Information for Refund:
Providing false or inaccurate information with the intention of claiming a refund can lead to the rejection or delay of the refund. The Income Tax Department thoroughly verifies the information provided in tax returns, and any discrepancies can cause delays.
A mismatch between the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) or Tax Collected at Source (TCS) details reported by the taxpayer and those available with the department can lead to refund delays. Verifying and reconciling TDS/TCS details with Form 26AS is essential to avoid such discrepancies.
Refund Under Process:
Sometimes, even if all information is accurate and documents are complete, refunds may take time due to a high volume of refund requests. The refund may still be under process, and it is essential to be patient during such times.
In the event of not receiving a refund, taxpayers can inquire about the status and reasons for the delay by reaching out to the Income Tax Department online. The department’s official website or helpline can provide information and assistance regarding the refund status and any potential issues that need to be addressed. Being proactive and staying informed about the refund status can help in resolving any delays and ensuring a smoother refund process.
What to Do if a Refund is Not Received?
If you have not received your income tax refund and it has been a while since you filed your return, follow these steps to resolve the issue:
Check Your Email:
First, check your email inbox, including the spam or junk folder. The Income Tax Department may have sent you an email seeking additional information or clarification regarding your income tax return (ITR). If you find any such email, promptly respond to it with the requested information.
Check ITR Status:
Visit the Income Tax Department’s official website and check the status of your ITR. Look for any updates or remarks related to your refund. The status may provide valuable information about the reason for the delay.
Expired Refund Status:
If the status shows that the refund has expired, it means the refund could not be credited to your account. In such a case, you can request a refund reissue.
If the status shows “Return,” it indicates that the refund process is still ongoing. Be patient as the processing time may vary, and the refund will be issued once all necessary checks are completed.
Request for Refund Reissue:
If you find that your refund has expired or if you haven’t received it even after the processing time has lapsed, you can apply for a refund reissue. This can be done through the e-filing portal or by contacting your assessing officer.
Contact the Income Tax Department:
If you have followed the above steps and still haven’t received your refund, you can reach out to the Income Tax Department’s helpline or use the online portal to inquire about the status of your refund and seek assistance in resolving the issue.
Verify Bank Account Details:
Ensure that the bank account details provided in your ITR are accurate. Incorrect bank account information can lead to refund delays or non-crediting of the refund amount.
It is essential to stay proactive and regularly check the status of your refund to ensure that any issues are addressed promptly. By providing any requested information and following the appropriate procedures for refund reissue, you can expedite the process and receive your income tax refund successfully.
If you have not received your income tax refund within 30 days of filing the return, you can follow these steps to lodge a complaint:
- Check Refund Status: First, check the refund status on the e-filing portal or through the Income Tax Department’s official website. Ensure that the status has not been updated, and there is no specific reason provided for the non-receipt of the refund.
- Complain on the e-Filing Portal: If no reason is mentioned for the delay in the refund process on the e-filing portal, you can log in to the portal and submit a complaint regarding the non-receipt of the refund. Follow the designated procedure to file the complaint.
- Complain on Incometax.gov.in: Visit the official website of the Income Tax Department, Incometax.gov.in, and look for the complaint submission section. Provide the necessary details and register your complaint about the non-receipt of the refund.
- Complain via Toll-Free Number: You can also file a complaint by calling the Income Tax Department’s toll-free helpline number 1800-103-4455. This helpline is available on every working day from 8 am to 8 pm. Share the relevant information with the customer care executive and lodge your complaint.
When lodging a complaint, make sure to provide accurate details such as your Permanent Account Number (PAN), the Assessment Year for which the return was filed, and any other relevant information regarding your refund claim.
Once you have filed the complaint, the Income Tax Department will investigate the matter and try to resolve the issue promptly. Keep the complaint reference number provided by the department for future reference and follow up if necessary.
It is essential to remain patient during the complaint resolution process, as resolving refund-related issues may take some time. By taking these steps and reaching out to the Income Tax Department through the designated channels, you can ensure that your complaint is duly registered and addressed in a timely manner.