Extension of Due Date for filing of Income Tax Returns: 31st August, 2018

Extension of date for filing of Income Tax Returns extended up to 31st August, 2018 

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Extension of Due Date for filing of Income Tax Returns

The due date for filing of Income Tax Returns for Assessment Year 2018-19 is 31.07.2018 for certain categories of taxpayers. Upon consideration of the matter, the Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT) extends the ‘due date’ for filing of Income Tax Returns from 31st July, 2018 to 31st August, 2018 in respect of the said categories of taxpayers.

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There are some complaints that the taxpayers are not being able to log on to the e-filing website of Income Tax Department or not being able to link Aadhaar with PAN because of different names reflected in PAN and Aadhaar database or etc.

While technical snags have been removed already, the main reason for failure of people to log in is because of last minute rush and panic in which those who have already logged in want to continue for the entire period for fear of losing it.

In order to ease-out the panic situation, the Government has decided to take the following steps:
  • For the purpose of e-filing return, it would be sufficient as of now to quote Aadhaar or acknowledgement No. for having applied for Aadhaar in e-filing website. The actual linking of PAN with Aadhaar can be done subsequently, but any time before 31st August, 2018. However, the returns will not be processed until the linkage of Aadhaar with PAN is done.
  • In order to facilitate the e-filing of return, it is also decided to give extension of five days for e-filing of return. The return can be filed upto 31st August, 2018.
Source: PIB
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Income tax return filing deadline extended by a month to August 31, 2018: CBDT Order u/s 119 of IT Act, 1961
F.No. 225/242/2018/ITA.II 
Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Revenue 
Central Board of Direct Taxes (ITA.II division) 

North-Block, New Delhi, the 26th July, 2018 

Order under Section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 

For certain categories of taxpayers, the 'due-date’ of filing income-tax return for assessment-year 2018-2019 is 31.07.2018. Upon consideration of the matter, the Central Board of Direct Taxes, in exercise of its powers under section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (’Act'), hereby, extends the ’due-date’ of filing income-tax return, as prescribed in section 139(1) of the Act, from 31st July, 2018 to 31st August, 2018.

(Rajarajeswari R.) 
Under-Secretary to the Government of India 
Copy to:-
1. PS to F.M./OSD to FM/PS to MOS(F)
2. PS to Finance Secretary
3. Chairman (CBDT), All Members, CBDT
4. All Pr.CCsIT/CCsIT/Pr.DsGIT/DsGIT
5. All Joint Secretaries/CsIT, CBDT
6. Directors/Deputy Secreta ries/Under Secretaries of Central Board of Direct Taxes
7. ADG(Systems)-4 with request to place the order on official website
8. Addl. CIT, Data Base Cell for placing it on irsofficers website
9. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, IP Estate, New Delhi-110003
10. All Chambers of Commerce
11. CIT (M&TP), Official Spokesperson of CBDT
12. ADG(PR,PP&OL) for placing on twitter handle of the department
Sd/- 
(Rajarajeswari R.) 
Under-Secretary to the Government of India 
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[https://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/news/order-section-119-income-tax-act-1961-extending-due-date-filing-returns-ay-2018-19-26-7-2018.pdf

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