I’ve shared past tax grumblings… Now I know you are waiting with bated breath for the update (yeah right!) So… drum roll please!
Solved and filed just in time for my flight to Amsterdam… I wanted to ensure it was done, dusted and forgotten (for now).
I’ve dutifully declared earnings less permitted expenses, discovered that earlier estimates of advance tax paid was actually overly generous so it seems that a refund is in order.
Now I will simply have to trust the higher tax powers that perhaps maybe possibly this year all will go smoothly. (hope springs eternal!)
However I’ve learned that even when you THINK you have done everything right… it isn’t necessarily so simple.
‘Cus NOTHING is quite so straightforward in India folks! And if I had any doubt… just check out the next update…
2. The government REFUSES to admit it owes me money!
Alas my earlier tax filing is still causing headaches. Some may recall my tale that the government owes me money?
What began as an odd ‘adjustment‘ of mere pennies from other tax years refund, turned out be the government ‘losing‘ the record of my having paid hundreds?!
On figuring out the goof up, off went a rectification application clarifying that I had paid, proof provided and a request to update their records.
Did it work?
Nope! Instead of apparently owing hundreds, I received a response claiming that I now owed thousands of dollars?!
You see… in accepting the proof of my payment in the initial rectification response, the tax authorities ‘lost‘ the earlier payment record of the TDS (tax deducted at source) paid by my employer?!
Which lead to another rectification application submitted with more proof and yet another request to pretty please update their records.
Don’t know yet… Still waiting for any word more than 6 months later… hmm…
All goes to show that while so many folks avoid taxes completely, apparently even when one PAYS you have to PROOVE multiple times that you have!
I wonder what will next be lost? I hope its not my refund!