INCOME TAX REFUND

Processing of returns of income, including those with refund claim, is a continuous process. Statutory time limit to process returns of income is with reference to the financial year of their receipt. As per the Income Tax Act, 1961 returns received during the financial year can be processed upto one year from the end of the financial year in which the return is received. Therefore, returns for the accounting periods as F.Ys 2009-10 and 2010-11 if filed during F.Y. 2011-12 can be processed upto 31.03.2013. Normally, after processing of return, the refund generated is used in due course. The timelines for processing of return of income are complied with as these are contained in the Income Tax Act and statutorily enforceable.

The data for amount of refunds paid is maintained on all India basis and not region-wise. The all India data for refunds alongwith interest paid is tabulated as under:

Sl.No.

Financial Year

Refund (in Rs. crores)

1

2009-10

57349

2

2010-11

73441

3

2011-12

*95278

4

2012-13 (upto Oct. 2012)

*51908

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