Like every relationship turns most fruitful when it is equitably nourished from both the directions, similarly, I believe, we owe our genuineness to our mother nation too, to be able to reap the rewards of being called it's legitimate children.
Thus, ever since I commenced my career in 2003, I made it a point to pay my income tax without fail. It was my belief, that this was the smallest contribution I was making to my Govt.'s earnings to be able to kick start worthy welfare initiatives for the betterment of it's citizens. This definitely had much to do with my banker dad's teachings from the time I was quite young. He has always categorically despised and expressed his displeasure towards the tax cheaters or electricity thieves etc. as he told these small evasions added up to the major shortfall in the implementation of good projects by the Government, who we easily held responsible for all our infrastructural and other woes. Hence, when I myself started earning, I sincerely practiced honestly in all my deeds, including the filing of income tax return each year as a mark of gratitude to my dad and my mother nation.
On the other side of the coin, if my ITR is filed adequately, it registers me as a responsible citizen in the database and applying and acceptance of loans, visa applications etc becomes way too easy. Once you start viewing paying your income tax as your duty towards your country exactly the way you fulfill your duty towards your parents, spouse or children, you won't anymore treat it as a burden.
If you so wish to give an excuse that you didn't file the ITR because it's a tedious process, my answer is gentleman, sorry, you are not updated. It only once upon a time was so cumbersome, today with the aid of e-filing with H & R Block , you can do it instantly just with the help of a few clicks, that too absolutely free.
All you got to do is register with them and enter your personal information. Upload your Form 16 and other incomes, enter your deductions, answers some quickies, review and e-file and it's done! Can it get simpler folks.
So no excuse please. Weighing the pros and cons, don't you feel it's time for us to be responsible citizens and take the onus of making our motherland a place worth living, on our shoulders and also secure a glorious future for ourselves. Truly a win-win Situation for both sides. Take the #TaxPledge and file your Income Tax Return now.And like I said, a sure shot way to make it the easiest, e-file it with H & R Block.