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The due date to file the income tax return for the financial year 2019-20 ended on 10th January 2021. In case if an individual was required to file the return and failed to do so, then there are few options to file the return.
This article covers the following:
CBDT has issued a circular on 20th May 2021 extending the timelines for certain direct tax compliances for AY 2021-22.
1. ITR Filing:
i. The due date for filing ITR by taxpayers (whose accounts not required to be audited) is extended from 31st July 21 to 30th Sep 21.
ii. The ITR filing for Tax audit cases is extended to 30th Nov 2021
iii. The ITR filing for Transfer Pricing cases is extended to 31st December.
iv. The due date to file a Belated or Revised Return is extended from 31st Dec 2021 to 31st Jan 2022.
2. Furnishing Audit Report:
i. The due date to furnish the audit report under Income Tax Act is extended to 31st Oct 2021
ii. The due date of furnishing of audit report for transfer pricing cases is extended to 30th Nov 2021.
Union Budget 2021 Update:
Exemption from ITR filing to senior citizens aged 75 years and above, earning only pension and interest income.
According to the Finance Act 1987 amendment, you can file your belated IT Returns anytime on or before 1 year from the end of the relevant Assessment Year (AY). Example, for the AY 2016-17, the timeline to file a belated return was on or before 31 March 2018.
With the amendment vide Finance Act 2016, from AY 2017-18 belated IT returns should be filed before the end of the relevant AY. Hence, for the FY 2019-20, the last day to file a belated return was 31 March 2021.
However, the Finance Bill 2021 has further reduced the timeline of filing the belated return. With effect from AY 2021-22, you can file the belated return three months before the end of the relevant assessment year or before the completion of the assessment, whichever is earlier.
For example, the belated return for the FY 2020-21 can be filed up to 31st December 2021 (if assessment is not completed).
If you have received a notice from the Income Tax Department asking you to file your returns that go beyond 2 financial years, you can log on to www.cleartax.in to prepare your returns. You can then print this return and submit it to the Income Tax Office in your ward.
Usually, a taxpayer files old returns as a response to an income tax notice. Until AY 2017-18, there was a time limit of 1 year for filing a revised return from the end of the relevant AY.
It is interesting to note that from the AY 2018-19, the time limit for filing a revised return (rectifying any omission, error etc.) made in the original return has been reduced. Currently, such a revision has to be done on or before the end of the relevant AY.
For the FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20), if the return is filed after 31 August 2019 but before 31 December 2019, a fee of Rs 5000 applies. Post 31 December 2019, the late fee would be Rs 10,000.
Note: For FY 2019-20 the last date to file the income tax return was 10th January 2021 so late fee of Rs. 10,000 shall be payable if the return is filed after 10th January 2021.
The amendment made in the Finance Act 2016 stated that income tax returns must be filed within the end of the relevant assessment year, effective from the assessment year 2017-18. There is no provision for you to file the returns once you have missed the due date.
The income tax department allows taxpayers to file returns post-deadline in some specific cases. The following ways help you file a condonation of delay request:
Yes, you can file return after 31st Dec 2020 but before 10th January 2021. After that interest and late fees upto Rs 10,000 will be levied.
The taxpayers can file a belated return until the end of the assessment year or completion of the assessment, whichever is earlier. For example, for the AY 2019-20 (corresponding to FY 2018-19), a belated return can be filed until 31 March 2020.
However, for FY 2020-21 onwards, belated return can be filed 3 months before the end of the relevant assessment year or completion of assessment, whichever is earlier. Hence, the last date to file belated return for the FY 2020-21 is 31st December 2021.
You can re-submit your e-filed return as many times as necessary until the filing deadline in October. However, we recommend that after three unsuccessful attempts (with the same e-file error), you print, sign, and mail your return. Some e-file issues cannot be resolved except by the IRS.
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