New Delhi: The deadline to file Income Tax Returns has been extended to August 5 , CNBC TV-18 reported on Monday, as website glitches made it difficult for taxpayers to file their I-T returns.
The official twitter handle of the department said the move was made "in view of difficulties faced by taxpayers."
In view of the difficulties faced by taxpayers, date for filing of Income Tax Returns for FY 2016-17 has been extended to 5th August, 2017.— Income Tax India (@IncomeTaxIndia) July 31, 2017
The ministry of finance said the returns will not be processed until the linkage of Aadhaar with PAN is done. “Actual linking of PAN with Aadhaar can be done subsequently, but any time before 31st August, 2017,” the finance ministry wrote in a tweet.
In order to file ITR one needs PAN card, Aadhar card, Form 16 (issued by the employer), bank account number and investment and salary details. In case the most popular portals are running slowly there are others which you can use.
Once you upload the relevant information and e-file your returns you’ll get an acknowledgement form. This is your copy.
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) was held 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, till Sunday, however had maintained 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 Monday and the extension was declared.
This time, the linking of the Aadhaar number with the PAN (Permanent Account Number) of a taxpayer has been made mandatory for filing of an ITR, beginning July 1.
The department has also asked taxpayers to declare cash deposits made in bank accounts aggregating to Rs 2 lakh or more, post demonetisation between November 9-December 30 last year, in the ITRs.
The ITRs to be filed by July 31 pertain to 2016-17 fiscal or assessment year 2017-18.
(With PTI inputs)