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Income Tax Retrurns e-filing

One of the best things to happen in the area of Indian taxation is e-tax and e-filing.

I have been e-filing my tax returns for the last 3-4 years. Until last year, the Acknowlegement (ITR-V) needed to be submitted in person (or by proxy) to the IT Department. This has been simplified this year - just send the ITR-V by Ordinary Post in A-4 envelope (so as not to fold the ITR-V). Within a week, an email acknowledgement of receipt of ITR-V is received from IT Department.

There are multiple portal/websites advertising for IT e-filing. Beware these sites charge you to file your returns. The official Income Tax e-filing is free.
Assuming you are a salaried employee with no other source of income, all you need handy is your PAN card number and the Form 16 from your employer.
Visit the above linkRegister as new user (if you do not have an account yet).
Download the appropriate ITR form - in the above case, ITR-1 is what you need. You would need to download the Excel utility.There is also …

My dad and K R Market

We had arranged for bhagavathiseva at home this evening. This puja needs a lot of flowers. What better place to get it than K R Market.

Off we set off at 6.20 AM by car. The 13 km journey was covered in 20 min, the only speed reducers being the road humps. Finding a parking was a challenge, preceded by the small stretch where we had to manoeuvre the car through a motley crowd of sellers and buyers.

We had been to KR Market's "flower market" the last time we did this puja, a year or two back. It was nice to be back here. My dad, who lives in Cochin, never ceases to be amazed by the sheer volume of various flowers available here. It was not a question of what to buy, but what not to buy. Flowers of all kinds were being sold by weight. Not easy to get anything less than half a kilogram.

We explored the market and picked up flowers from various vendors. Language was a bit of a problem, since I don't speak good Kannada. I could understand the price quoted thoug…