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The last date to file your ITR for the AY 2020-21 is extended to 10th January 2021 for Individual taxpayers. Not filing your ITR on time can lead to a penalty, but there are also other consequences and inconveniences attached to the delay. Let us understand these in detail below.
As per the changed rules notified under section 234F of the Income Tax Act which came into effect from 1 April 2017, filing your ITR post the deadline, can make you liable to pay a maximum penalty of Rs 10,000. To break this down for current year; if you file your ITR for FY 2019-20 post 10rh January ( 15th February for audit and transfer pricing cases), no penalty will be levied. For returns filed after 10th January 2020, the penalty limit will be increased to Rs 10,000. However, as a relief to small taxpayers, the IT department has stated that if your total income is not more than Rs 5 lakh, the maximum penalty levied for delay will only be Rs 1000.
Late Filing Fee Details
|E- Filing Date||Total income Below Rs 5,00,000||Total income Above Rs 5,00,000|
|10th January 2020||Rs 0||Rs 0|
|Between 10th Jan 2021 to 31st March 2021||Rs 1,000||Rs 10,000|
Let’s say you are filing your ITR and you end up making a mistake. Under the changed rules, you only have time till the end of relevant Assessment year to make the change (for ITRs from FY 2017-18). Earlier, taxpayers had a 2-year long window to revise and resubmit an erroneous ITR. This has now been decreased to one year from the end of the financial year. Therefore, the earlier you file, the longer would be the window available with you for revising your returns to rectify errors if any.
If you do not file income tax returns on or before the due date, you would be required to pay interest at the rate of 1% for every month, or part of a month, on the amount of tax remaining unpaid as per section 234A. It’s important to note that one’s ITR cannot be filed if one hasn’t paid the taxes. The calculation of penalty will start from the date immediately after the due date which is usually 31 July of the relevant assessment year (For current year i.e FY 2019-20, due date is 10th January 2021 for individual taxpayers). So, the longer you wait the more you will have to pay.
If you have incurred any losses during the year say a loss under the head Capital Gains or any loss in your business, make sure you file your return within the due date. Not doing so will deprive you of carrying forward these losses to the next years for set off against income in future years.
In case you’re entitled to receiving a refund from the government for excess taxes you have paid, you must file your return before the due date to receive the refund at the earliest.