comscore Aaykar Setu: Income Tax Department makes understanding taxes easier with this handy app

Aaykar Setu: Income Tax Department makes understanding taxes easier with this handy app

The app aims to answer basic tax-related queries that users may have.

aaykar setu app

Let s admit, despite being a taxpayer, not a lot of us file our taxes. The process often looks confusing — especially due to the number of details you need to offer. This includes details like your gross income, exemptions, details about mediclaim and insurance policies, investments and income, and more. Due to such complexities, majority of taxpayers refrain from filing taxes, whereas a handful of them opt for Chartered Accountants and agents. The Central Board of Direct Taxes department aims to solve some of these problems, while helping users understand the tax system with its new app. Also Read - WhatsApp testing new shortcut to quickly forward stickers

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Called ‘Aaykar Setu,’ the term Aaykar means income, whereas Setu means bridge. The app is about 3.5MB in size, and is available to download from the Google Play Store. Users can also give a missed call on 7306525252 to get the download link. It is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and above. Let s take a look at what the app does. Also Read - MediaTek chip flaw that could led to eavesdropping Android users fixed

Aaykar Setu app: User Interface

The app interface is simple and easy to use. And like all government apps, it does not have any annoying ads. On the home screen, you have the hamburger menu on the top-right to access tax tools, TDS information, tax payment and live chat among others. ALSO READ: Here s a convenient way to file your income tax returns right from your smartphone

aaykar setu app interface

At the center, you have eight boxes spread in two columns and four rows — giving access to the same tax tools from the hamburger menu. Basically, the Income Tax Department has only segregated different elements of its tax portal s help section in the form of intuitive UI. Each option you tap on, opens the relevant web page in the app s built-in browser.

Aaykar Setu app: What all you can do

TRP at your doorstep

The first option is TRP at your doorstep where you can locate tax preparers that are located close to you. Simply enter your locality, and the app will offer you their contact numbers, full address and email ID. Below the name and addresses, you have the map with locations marked.

aaykar setu app trp doorstep

Returns preparation Made Easy

The second option is Returns preparation Made Easy which essentially help you understand the tax returns filing procedure, and uncomplicate things. The moment you click on the tab, it will ask you whether or not you have filed your tax returns. ALSO READ: How to play YouTube videos in background on Android and iOS

aaykar setu app itr filing

If you say no (thumb down), it will show you options such as download form, pay tax, check form 26AS, calculate tax, and get assistance. In case you have filed your returns and you tap on yes, it will show you options such as refund status, IT-V receipt status, e-verify returns and file revised return among others.

Tax tools

The third option is tax tools where you can read about medical facilities, rent-free accommodation, transport allowance calculator, hostel, and children education allowance.

aaykar setu app tax tools

You can also find information on house rent allowance calculation, TDS and advance tax calculation. When you tap on individual options, you can either click to read more about them, or tap on the calculator icon to calculate your tax liabilities.

Got a Problem

There are times when we have problems, for instance, you may have PAN migration, TDS mismatch, or you want to know the status of your refund. Links to all these options can be found here.

aaykar setu app got a problem

You can also register a grievance, check the status of already registered ones, and if you have refiled your ITR for rectification, you can check its status too.


Next, you can have information related to your PAN / TAN accounts. It will ask you if you already have a PAN card, if you tap on yes (thumb up), you get options such as reissue of PAN card, option for correction, verify your PAN, or surrender a duplicate one. It will also give you an option to link Aadhaar with PAN. ALSO READ: How to set up a website in 5 simple steps

aaykar setu app pan

Now, in case you tap on no (thumb down), it will give you relevant information on why you should have a PAN, where to apply, documents required for applying for PAN card, and more.

TDS / Traces

If you are a tax deductor, you will have links to file TDS return, check TDS rates, get all the relevant forms, do online corrections, or e-Pay you TDS/TCS. You can even calculate TDS on sale of property and other information.

aaykar setu app tds

Now, in case you are a tax deductee, you can access information such as your tax credit statement, form 16/16A verification, TDS rates, file rectification for tax credit mismatch, and your TDS statement as well.

Tax Payment

Now, this option lets you look for information on where and how to pay tax both online and offline, calculate tax, and rectify your ITR for tax credit mismatch. ALSO READ: How to add two-factor authentication to your online social accounts

aaykar setu app tax payment

You can also get challan status inquiry and make corrections in challan, if required.

Tax Gyaan Game

And lastly, you have the Tax Gyaan game. You start by entering your name, and e-mail address, and then choose the difficulty level — beginner, normal, difficult and hard.

aaykar setu app tax game

In each level, you will be asked 10 questions, with four options to select from. You will get 60 seconds to answer the question, and the score will be based on how quickly you answer.

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  • Published Date: July 27, 2017 9:28 AM IST

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