The government paid Rs 164.5 crore to Infosys to develop the new income tax e-filing portal between January 2019 and June 2021, Parliament was informed on Monday.
“The contract for Integrated e-filing & Centralized Processing Centre (CPC 2.0) Project was awarded through an open tender published on Central Public Procurement Portal (CPPP) to Infosys Ltd, the Managed Service Provider on the lowest cost basis. Since January 2019 till June 2021, the total amount paid to Infosys is Rs 164.5 crore under this project,” Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
The minister said that the Income Tax Department is continuously engaged with Infosys to expedite the resolution of any pending issues. Noting that the project is governed by the contract between the Income Tax Department and Infosys Ltd in respect of any glitches impacting the terms and conditions of the contract, he said Infosys has informed that technical issues noticed in the functioning of the portal are continuously being resolved.
Some of the initial issues experienced by taxpayers regarding the slowness of the portal, non-availability of certain functionalities, or technical issues in functionalities have been mitigated. The Department is taking corrective measures, through Infosys, based on feedback from taxpayers, tax professionals, and representatives of the ICAI, he said.