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Finance Act 2021 inserted a new section 194P which provided conditions for exempting senior citizens from filing Income Tax returns aged 75 years and above. New Section 194P will become applicable from 1st April 2021.
CBDT has issued a circular on 9th Sep 21 extending the timelines for certain direct tax compliances for AY 2021-22.
1. ITR Filing due date extension:
i) ITR filing by taxpayers not covered under audit is extended from 30th Sep 21 to 31st Dec 21
ii) ITR filing for Tax audit cases is extended to 15th Feb 22
iii) ITR filing for transfer Pricing is extended to 28th feb 22
iv) ITR filing of Belated or Revised Return for FY 20-21 is extended from 31st Dec 21 to 31st March 22
2. Furnishing Audit Report:
i) Due date to furnish the audit report is extended to 15th Jan 22
ii) Due date to furnish the audit report for transfer pricing cases is extended to 31st Jan 22
Section 194P was introduced in Budget 2021 to provide conditional relief to the senior citizen above the age of 75 years from filing the Income-tax return.
Section 139 of the Income Tax Act governs the filing of income tax returns by every individual with income above the basic exemption limit.
However, Union Budget 2021 in order to provide relief in terms of compliance burden for filing returns, exempted senior citizens above 75 years of age from filing the income tax return, subject to the following conditions:
Once the specified bank, as mentioned above, deducts tax for senior citizens above 75 years of age, there will be no requirement to furnish income tax return by senior citizens.
The specified bank as mentioned above shall deduct TDS on the basis of a declaration submitted by the senior citizen to the bank.
The declaration should contain the below-mentioned details :
Once the specified bank as mentioned above deducts TDS under section 194P, the provisions of section 139 (return filing) will not apply to senior citizen aged 75 years and above. This means that if the specified bank deducts TDS under this section, then the senior citizen need not file their ITR.