There were 8.44 crore taxpayers in Assessment Year 2018-19. This included persons who filed a return of income for Assessment Year 2018-19 as well as persons who did not file a return of income but in whose case tax has been deducted at source during Financial Year 2017-18.
“The Government has fixed a target of adding 1.3 crore new income tax return filers during the current financial year as against 1.1 crore new filer added during FY 2018-19,” Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.
For achieving this target, various measures are being taken including identification of potential non-filers through centralized Non-filer Monitoring System (NMS), formulation of region-specific strategies for identifying potential non-filers, issue of statutory notices to enforce compliance, simplification in income-tax returns and filing process to encourage voluntary filing, etc.
In a reply to a separate question, Thakur said 46,13,91,168 Permanent Account Numbers (PANs) have been allotted as on July 30, 2019.
Further, there are around 30,618 PAN-TIN (Tax Identification Number) facilitation centres all over India.