Last Date For Filing Income Tax Returns Extended to 5 August

The extension was made amid reports of glitches on the e-filing portal of the Income Tax department.

Updated31 Jul 2017, 11:29 AM IST
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In a last minute decision, the government on Monday extended the deadline for filing income tax returns (ITRs) till 5 August, a top official said today.

The official Twitter handle of the IT department said the move was made “in view of difficulties faced by taxpayers.” A senior official of the department said the decision to extend the deadline was taken after a meeting of the revenue department and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in the finance ministry on Monday.

The last minute inundation and heavy logging on the official website of the e-filing portal of the department led to the extension of five more days for filing the ITRs by taxpayers.

The department, however, had maintained till Sunday that no extension would be given as already over 2 crore returns have been received and no major glitches on the portal had been detected.

But, the situation changed on the last date of filing returns and the extension was declared.

This time, linking of Aadhaar number with PAN (Permanent Account Number) of a taxpayer has been made mandatory for filing an ITR. The date for linking the two has been extended till 31 August. The ITR will be processed after Aadhar-PAN are linked, the CBDT said on Monday.

The department also asked taxpayers to declare cash deposits made in bank accounts aggregating to Rs 2 lakh or more made post demonetisation – between 9 November and 30 December 2016.

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Published: 31 Jul 2017, 09:45 AM IST
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