News and Press Release - Dated:- 12-2-2019 - Ministry of Finance Posted On: 12 FEB 2019 5:33PM by PIB Delhi The level of income-tax compliance has continuously increased over the last three Financial Years, which is reflected in the number of Income-Tax Returns filed over this period, as given hereunder: - S.No. Financial Year Total Number of Income Tax Returns filed Percentage increase over previous Financial Year (a) (b) (c) (d) 1 2015-16 4.63 Crore 14.6% 2 2016-17 5.57 Crore 20.3% 3 2017-18 6.86 Crore 23.2% The total amount of refunds made to the assessees during the period under reference is as under: Financial Year Refund (Rs. Crore) 2015-16 122271 2016-17 162661 2017-18 151602 2018-19 (up to 2ndFebruary, 2019) 143117 As on 15th January 2019, 3,07,485 returns including 36,616 cases of refunds are pending for scrutiny. The scrutiny of these cases is to be completed by 31.12.2019. A total of 16,21,848 claims of refund (including non-scrutiny cases) are pending for issue as on 31st

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