No Proposal To Extend Deadline To File Income Tax Returns: Finance Secretary
Moneylife Digital Team 31 December 2021
Mentioning that the filing of income tax (I-T) return (ITR) is going on very smoothly, finance secretary Tarun Bajaj says there is no proposal to extend the due dates for tax filing; 31st December is the last date to file ITR for FY20-21.
 
 
Speaking with the media after the goods and service tax (GST) council meeting, Mr Bajaj says, “ITR filing is going on smoothly. By 3pm today, about 5.62 crore returns have been filed in total. Today, more than 20 lakh returns have been filed. This year 60 lakh more returns have been filed.”
 
However, many taxpayers and chartered accountants (CAs) are requesting the finance minister to extend the deadline for filing ITR due to technical issues with the tax filing portal. Many of them are using a hashtag #Extend_Due_Dates_Immediately on Twitter for posting messages. 
 
 
 
During the year, the Union government extended the deadline to file ITR twice for individuals whose accounts are not required to be audited. The usual deadline for filing ITRs is 31st July every year. 
 
Due to the second wave of COVID-19, the ITR filing deadline was extended by two months to 30th September from 31 July 2021. It was again extended up to 31 December 2021.
 
In a release issued at that time, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had said, “The due date of furnishing of return of income for the assessment year 2021-22, which was 31 July 2021 under sub-section (1) of section 139 of the Act, as extended to 30 September 2021 vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20 May 2021, is hereby further extended to 31 December 2021.”
 
The Union government had also extended the deadline to file belated or revised ITR by two months to 31 March 2022. The CBDT release stated, “The due date of furnishing of belated/revised return of income for the assessment year 2021-22, which is 31 December 2021 under sub-section (4)/sub-section (5) of section 139 of the Act, as extended to 31 January 2022, vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021, is hereby further extended to 31 March 2022.” 
 
Comments
r_ashok41
5 months ago
Govt had extended the due date due to their faulty system not because people wanted it.They should have had both the systems running side by side and old one also so that people could use the same rather than wait for the FM troup to look into the grievances of the people using it.Instead of taking the creator of the portal to task they are telling it is running smooth and showing blind eye to customers problems .Very bad governance unless FM troup heeds to customer grievances otherwise I feel this dept needs more mature people who understands customers issues and gives a patient hearing.
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