May 19, 2008:
Finance department asked us to collect our Form 16. I was the first person to get it.
Mail popped-up from the Finance Department. The last day to file IT returns is 31st of July. A consultant will be here on 14th and 15th July
July 14,2008 :
Consultant was here. Totally unaware about this.
July 15, 2008:
Consultant was here. I knew this only through the crowd that was standing in-front of his office. I searched for Form 16 in my desk. It was not there. I remember taking it to my home. It was not there either. Thought I could search it later and file this online.
July 28, 2008:
Saw the ad in TV to file returns. Just 3 days more. Searched desparately for Form 16 but in vain.
July 29, 2008:
Asked an official in the finance dept to provide a duplicate Form 16. He smiled at me sarcastically and said his Boss is off today and asked me to come tomorrow. I read rediff articles about how to file returns online. Created an account in http://www.incomeindiaefiling.gov.in . I downloaded the excel utility where I have fill in the details and create an XML file.
July 30, 2008:
The Finance boss was off today also. So will get the Form 16 only tomorrow.
July 31, 2008:
4.30 pm: Collected the Form 16
5:00 pm: Filled in the details the excel file and created theXML file
5:15 pm: Logged in happily to the e-filing site and uploaded the xml file.
Pow! Error message! Check the Assessment period. I have been so dumb that I didnt even realise I was filling the previous year’s form.
5.30 pm: I logged in to the site in haste to download this year’s form only to find that the download has been temporarily disabled due to heavy traffic. I am getting penalised for procrastinating.
5.45 pm: called my bro who is a finance officer and checked if he had the Form. Luckily he did and he forwarded me that. Phew!
6:00 pm: Filled in the details in the new form. Validated it and created an xml file out of it.
6:05 pm: Opened the e-filing site to upload the file. What?? It can’t be!! The page could not be displayed. The entire site was down. Today is the last day.
6.10 pm: Called my bro, forwarded the xml file and login credentials to my bro and asked him to upload.
6:20 pm: My bro called and said, invalid login. I have given the wrong password in hurry. I gave him the correct password.I was nervous.
6:25 pm: My bro called. Finally its done! He has uploaded the xml file. I have finally filed the IT return at the last moment. Yipee.
All I have to do now is to take the print out of the acknowledgement and submit it in the nearest IT office within 15 days. Hopefully I dont procrastinate this time.