Further to my earlier post on different options to file tax returns, in this post, I have tried to do a comparison of some well known e-filing websites in India to help you take the right decision on which one can be the best for you.
As of now, there is 325 no. of e-return intermediaries registered with the Govt. of India. (You can download the full list from here).
For my comparison purpose, I first identified the top of the mind names in this space and then visited their websites to understand various features and pricing aspects. Below is the comparative chart:
Analysis and conclusion
When I took up this exercise, I had other names too in my mind like taxspanner, taxshax and easyitfiling, but on visiting their website, either the websites were not properly optimised (took too long to load), or the information was given in a very haphazard manner and hence I excluded them from the list.
Coming to the websites under review, Cleartax emerges as a clear winner on the following counts:
- The self e-filing is FREE without any cap on income as in case of other 2 websites
- Telephonic support is available for paid users, which is not in case of other 2 websites – this is a BIG PLUS, because at times as a lay user, one gets confused and needs immediate help and this is best possible on phone.
- The portal supports ALL ITR forms as compared to taxsmile, which supports only ITR 1 and 2.
Having said above, there are certain things that you can only comment after actually filing the returns on the website, so here I will need the readers to share their experiences below so that others can benefit. Also, as regards CA assisted filing, the quality and expertise of CAs on the panel is something which only that person can comment who has availed the service.
Also, as I said in one of my recent posts, its important to take a decision – identify one website and go ahead and file your return, rather than getting loss in comparing what A offers and B does not.
Hope this post helps you in some way, in making the right choice. I will wait for your queries/ thoughts/ feedback.