New Delhi, May 7 -- The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Monday refuted reports that e-filing of income tax returns (ITRs) had dropped in FY19, claiming that ITR e-filing figures of financial year 2018-19 were "not comparable" to thos of 2017-18.

"This is factually untrue, because the figures for FY 2017-18 and FY 2018-19 are not directly comparable," the CBDT said in a statement.

In its statement, the CBDT said that during 2017-18, out of a total of 6.74 crore e-filed ITRs, 5.47 crore were filed for assessment year (AY) 2017-18. In comparison, during financial year 2018-19, a total of 6.68 crore ITRs were e-filed which included 6.49 crore ITRs of the current assessment year 2018-19, marking an increase of almost 19 per cent.