The Income Tax Department on Saturday extended the deadline to file Income Tax Return or ITR for the Financial Year 2019-20 till November 30, 2020, new agency ANI reported on Saturday. The decision was taken in view of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"Understanding & keeping in mind the times that we are in, we have further extended deadlines. Now, filing of ITR for FY 2019-20 is extended to 30th Nov, 2020," the Income Tax Department said.

Earlier last month, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had extended the deadline for filing income tax returns (ITR) for FY 2018-19 till July 31.

Extension a relief amid coronavirus pandemic

The extension in the income tax return filing deadline comes as a relief for taxpayers as the government had earlier extended the deadline for receiving Form-16 from June 15, 2020 to June 30, 2020 via an ordinance dated March 31, 2020.

The extension of deadlines will give a significant time post lockdown to taxpayers to compile their data required for the preparation of income tax return. 

Other deadlines extended by CBDT

The CBDT also extended the time limit for linking biometric Aadhaar with PAN till March 31, 2021. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) through a notification also extended the time limit for making various investments for claiming deductions under the I-T Act for 2019-20 fiscal by a month till July 31, 2020.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma