Income Tax Department cautions people against phishing e-mails promising refund

New Delhi: The Income Tax Department on Sunday asked taxpayers to beware of phishing e-mails promising a refund.

"Taxpayers Beware! Please do not click on any fake link which promises to give a refund. These are phishing messages and are not sent by the income tax department," the department said in a tweet.

According to the latest data, between 8-20 April, the department issued nearly 14 lakh refunds involving an amount of over Rs 9,000 crore to various taxpayers including individuals, Hindu Undivided Families, proprietors, firms, corporate, start-ups, and MSMEs.

On 8 April, the finance ministry said it will fast-track issuance of pending income tax refunds up to Rs 5 lakh which will benefit around 14 lakh taxpayers, to provide relief to individuals and businesses hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.


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