ITR filing date extended: Income tax return filing deadline for assessment year 2021-22 extended till December 31
Citing the stated difficulties of taxpayers and other stakeholders, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Thursday decided to further extend the due dates for filing income tax returns and various audit reports for the assessment year 2021-22.
The deadline for income tax returns for individuals whose accounts are not to be audited has been extended for the second time this year to December 31 from the earlier extended deadline of September 30. At the same time, the due date for submission of audit report under any provision of the Income Tax Act for the previous year 2020-21, which was earlier extended from October 31 to November 30, has now been extended to January 15, 2022.
The Income Tax Department had said on Wednesday that technical issues are being addressed continuously on the new ITR portal. The department had also informed that 1.19 crore ITRs have been filed for the financial year 2020-21. “It is reiterated that the department continues to engage with Infosys to ensure a smooth filing experience to the taxpayers,” the CBDT had said.
The Finance Ministry had summoned Salil Parekh, CEO of Infosys, regarding the irregularities in the new income tax portal. In a meeting with Parekh on August 23, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had expressed ‘deep disappointment’ over the persistent glitches for more than two months after the portal launch and gave Infosys a September 15 deadline to resolve the issues. .
In the year 2019, it was contracted with Infosys to develop the next generation income tax filing system. The aim is to expedite tax refunds by reducing the processing time from 63 days to one day. As of June 2021, the government has paid Rs 164.5 crore to Infosys to develop the portal.
On consideration of difficulties reported by the taxpayers in filing of Income Tax Returns(ITRs) & Audit reports for AY 2021-22 under the ITAct, 1961, CBDT further extends the due dates for filing of ITRs & Audit reports for AY 21-22. Circular No.17/2021 dated 09.09.2021
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