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ITR Filing Last Date FY 2020-21 (AY 2021-22), Last Date to File ITR – Income Tax Return Due Date

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The due date for filing income tax returns is the date by which the returns can be filed without any late fee or penalty. Taxpayers filing their return beyond such due date will have to pay interest under Section 234A and penalty under Section 234F.

Latest Updates

Latest Update:
CBDT has issued a circular on 11th January 2022 extending the timelines for certain direct tax compliances for AY 2021-22.
1. ITR filing due date extension:
i)  ITR filing for taxpayers covered under tax audit is extended to 15th March 2022 
ii) ITR filing for transfer pricing cases is extended to 15th March 2022

2. Furnishing audit report:
i) Due date to furnish the audit report as per the Income Tax Act is extended to 15th February 2022
ii) Due date to furnish the audit report for transfer pricing cases is extended to 15th February 2022

It is important for all taxpayers to remember the due date of filing income tax returns. The due date varies on the basis of taxpayers. For instance, salaried individuals are usually required to file their income tax returns by the 31st of July whereas corporates covered under audit can file their returns by 31st September of the assessment year (unless extended by the government).

Income tax filing due dates for FY 2020-21 (AY 2021-22)

Category of TaxpayerDue Date for Tax Filing –
FY 2020-21
Due Date for Tax Filing-
FY 2021-22*
(unless extended)
Individual / HUF/ AOP/ BOI
(books of accounts not required to be audited)
31st December 2021
(extended from 31st July)
31st July 2022

Businesses (Requiring Audit)15th February 2022
(extended from 31st October 2021)
31st October 2022

Businesses (Requiring TP Report)28th Feb 2022
(extended from 30th Nov 2021)
30th November 2022

Important due dates of income tax return filing for 2021

Whenever we talk about income tax, there are certain compulsory tax formalities that need to be followed within the specified due dates, such as filing of income tax returns, paying advance tax on time, etc.

Here is the TAX CALENDAR for the FY 2020-21 (AY 2021-22):

Due DateTax Due
15th June 2021Due date for the first instalment of advance tax for the FY 2021-22
15th September 2021Due date for the second instalment of advance tax for the FY 2021-22
15th December 2020Due date for the third instalment of advance tax for the FY 2021-22
31st December 2021 Income tax return filing for FY 2020-21 for individuals and entities not liable for tax audit and who have not entered into any international or specified domestic transaction
15th January 2022 Submission of audit report (Section 44AB) for AY 2021-22 for taxpayers liable for audit under the Income Tax Act.
31st January 2022
Submission of audit report for AY 2021-22 for taxpayers having transfer pricing and specified domestic transactions
15th February 2022 ITR filing for taxpayers requiring audit (not having international or specified domestic transactions).
28th February 2022 ITR filing for TP cases (for taxpayers having international and specified domestic transactions).
15th March 2022i. The fourth instalment of advance tax due for the FY 2021-22



ii. The due date for the whole amount of advance tax for FY 2020-21 for taxpayers covered under the presumptive scheme of Section 44AD and 44ADA

Read about how to calculate and pay Advance Tax.
31st March 2022 Last date for filing a belated return or revised return for FY 2020-21.

What if you missed filing the return within the due date?

If the due date for filing the original return of income is missed, one can file a return later after the due date, called a belated return. The income tax department also specifies the due date of filing the belated return. This date is now reduced by three months to 31st December of the assessment year (unless extended by the government).

However, the CBDT has extended the due date for filing the revised or belated return for FY 2020-21 from 31st December 2021 to 31st March 2022.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to claim an income tax refund after the due date?

An income tax refund can be claimed only when you file ITR. However, if you skip the due date for filing ITR, you can file a belated return on or before 31st December of the assessment year. For A.Y. 2021-22, CBDT has extended the due date for filing a belated return from 31st December 2021 to 31st March 2022. A maximum penalty of Rs 10,000 is charged for the delay in filing of return.

How to file an income tax return after the due date?

You can file a belated return on or before 31st December of the assessment year. For A.Y. 2021-22, CBDT has extended the due date for filing a belated return from 31st December 2021 to 31st March 2022. A maximum penalty of Rs.10,000 is charged for the delay in filing of return.

How to pay income tax after the due date?

If you have missed paying taxes and filing your return within the due date, you will be levied a late filing penalty and interest while filing a belated return. For A.Y. 2021-22, CBDT has extended the due date for filing a belated return from 31st December 2021 to 31st March 2022. A maximum penalty of Rs.10,000 is charged for the delay in filing of return.

Under which section income tax return is filed after the due date?

Section 139(4) allows for the filing of a belated return i.e return after the due date. A maximum penalty of Rs 10,000 is charged for the delay in filing of return.

What is the due date for filing income tax return?

Usually, the due date to file an income tax return is 31st July for individuals and non-audit cases and 31st October for audit cases of the relevant assessment year. However, the income tax return due date is extended explicitly by CBDT for FY 20-21 from 31st July to 31st December 2021 (individuals and non-audit cases) and to 15th February 2022 for audit cases. You can easily e-file your income tax return with ClearTax for free in under just 7 minutes.

How to revise income tax returns before the due date?

If the taxpayer wants to revise the original return due to some amendments, the same can be done using the revised return under Section 139 (5). Return can be revised before the original due date by logging into the account and revising the details. The entire process of e-verification needs to be done while revising the return.

How to revise income tax returns after the due date?

If the taxpayer wants to revise the original return due to some amendments, the same can be done using revised return u/s 139 (5). You can file a belated return on or before 31st December of the assessment year. For A.Y. 2021-22, CBDT has extended the due date for filing a belated return from 31st December 2021 to 31st March 2022.
Taxpayers cannot file any return once this date is passed. However, if the return was missed due to an extreme situation, you can lodge a request to your A.O. seeking permission to file past returns u/s 119.

What happens if the income tax return is not filed before the due date?

If you fail to file an income tax return within the due date, a belated return can be filed. However, a penalty of up to Rs.10,000 for late filing will be charged for filing belated returns. Hence, it is advisable for timely filing of income tax returns unless in exceptional circumstances.

What is the last date to file ITR?

The last date to file ITR for individuals is 31st July of the relevant assessment year and 31st October for taxpayers whose accounts are subject to audit. This date has been extended for FY 2020-21 to 31st December 2021 and 15th February 2022, respectively, due to the pandemic.

What is the last date of ITR for AY 2021-22?

The last day for filing income tax returns for FY 2020-21 is 31st December 2021 for most individual taxpayers. The last date for income tax return filing for taxpayers whose accounts need to be audited is 15th February 2022. These dates were extended due to the ongoing pandemic situation. Filing returns beyond the deadline can attract a penalty of up to Rs 10,000.

As the deadline is approaching, it is never a good idea to wait for the return filing deadline. Filing your income tax return has been made easier with ClearTax free e-filing website

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