New Delhi | Jagran Business Desk: In a major relief for lakhs of taxpayers in the country, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Thursday again extended the deadline to file Income Tax Returns for the assessment year 2021-22 till December 31. Earlier last month, the CBDT had extended the income tax return (ITR) filing deadline for FY 2020-21 till September 30, 2021, from the normal deadline of July 31, 2021. 

"On consideration of difficulties reported by the taxpayers and other stakeholders in the filing of Income Tax Returns and various reports of audit for the Assessment Year 2021-22 under the Income-tax Act, 1961(the “Act”), Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has decided to further extend the due dates for filing of Income Tax Returns and various reports of audit for the Assessment Year 2021-22," the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

"The due date of furnishing of Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-22, which was 31st July 2021 under sub-section (1) of section 139 of the Act, as extended to 30th September 2021 vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021, is hereby further extended to 31st December 2021," it added.

The CBDT extended the deadline once again as several taxpayers had expressed difficulties in filing the ITR on the new income tax filing portal. The Income Tax department had on June 7 launched the new e-filing portal to ease the tax filing process. However, the portal was marred by glitches and other problems since the day it was started.

The Finance Ministry had earlier indicated that it will likely extend the ITR filing deadline given the glitches in the new e-portal. This was the second time that the finance ministry had extended the due dates for filing an income tax returns this fiscal. The usual due date for filing income tax returns for the year 2020-21 was July 31.

Here are the New Dates to file different tax returns:

The due date of furnishing of Report of Audit under any provision of the Act for the Previous Year 2020-21, which is 30th September, 2021, as extended to 31st October, 2021 vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021, is hereby further extended to 15th January, 2022;

The due date of furnishing Report from an Accountant by persons entering into an international transaction or specified domestic transaction under section 92E of the Act for the Previous Year 2020-21, which is 31st October, 2021, as extended to 30th November 2021 vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021, is hereby further extended to 31st January, 2022;

The due date of furnishing of Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-22, which is 31st October, 2021 under sub-section (1) of section 139 of the Act, as extended to 30th November, 2021 vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021, is hereby further extended to 15th February, 2022;

The due date of furnishing of Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-22, which is 30th November, 2021 under sub-section (1) of section 139 of the Act, as extended to 31st December, 2021 vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021, is hereby further extended to 28th February, 2022;

The due date of furnishing of belated/revised Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-22, which is 31st December, 2021 under sub-section (4)/sub-section (5) of section 139 of the Act, as extended to 31st January, 2022, vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021, is hereby further extended to 31st March, 2022;

It is also clarified that the extension of the dates as referred to in clauses (9), (12) and (13) of Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021 and in clauses (1), (4) and (5) above shall not apply to Explanation 1 to section 234A of the Act, in cases where the amount of tax on the total income as reduced by the amount as specified in clauses (i) to (vi) of sub-section (1) of that section exceeds rupees one lakh. Further, in the case of an individual resident in India referred to in sub-section (2) of section 207 of the Act, the tax paid by him under section 140A of the Act within the due date (without extension under Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021 and as above) provided in that Act, shall be deemed to be the advance tax.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan