A top Income Tax department official on Sunday said that the last date for filing the Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for the financial year 2016-17 will not be extended beyond July 31’s deadline.
“The last date for filing of ITRs remains July 31. There are no plans to extend this deadline. The department has already received over 2 crore returns filed electronically. The department requests taxpayers to file their return in time,” the official said.
Talking about the reports of some technical glitches being faced by the ITR website, the official said that there’s no major glitches that the website ‘incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in’ is facing. However, he added that the website didn’t work for few minutes as maintenance work was going on.
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A number of advertisements were issued in the leading dailies by the I-T department about the deadline of filing the ITR. Beginning July 1, the linking of Aadhaar number with the PAN (Permanent Account Number) card of a taxpayer was also made mandatory for filing of an ITR.
The department has also asked taxpayers to declare cash deposits made in bank accounts aggregating to Rs 2 lakh or more, post demonetisation between November 9 to December 30 last year, in the ITRs. The ITRs to be filed by July 31 pertain to 2016-17 fiscal or assessment year 2017-18.
With PTI inputs.