According to the notification issued by the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, the government has extended the deadline for filing income tax returns till March 15. The last date for filing returns was December 31, 2021. The Income Tax Department has given this information by tweeting.
The Income Tax Department tweeted that the difficulties reported by taxpayers/stakeholders due to Corona and the deadline for filing Income Tax Returns under the IT Act, 1961 have been extended. The CBDT has decided that the date for submission of tax audit report without penalty will be till February 15. At the same time, CBDT has extended the date of filing of returns for taxpayers from 28 February to 15 March 2022.
Who will get benefit?
Please note that no exemption has been given to taxpayers who do not require a tax audit report. This means that the deadline for them to file income tax returns has ended on December 31. It is clear from this that only the taxpayers who need the tax audit report will get benefit from this.
CBDT extended date after complaint
It may be noted that ICAI, the body of Chartered Accountants, had requested the CBDT J Chairman to extend the date of filing of Income Tax Returns. The All Odisha Tax Advocates Association (AOTAA) had also sent a legal notice to the Central Board of Direct Taxes to extend the date of filing income tax returns.
The All Odisha Tax Advocates Association had contended that the official website of the Income Tax Department was facing several technical difficulties, yet the Income Tax Department is levying penalty for late filing of return under section 234F of 1961. It was also written in this legal notice that if the deadline for filing income tax returns is not extended, then they will take the matter to the Odisha High Court.