After so much dilly-dallying over the extension of the income tax return (ITR) filing deadline of July 31, 2017, the Income Tax Department today extended the deadline for filing tax return by 5 days to August 5. It may be noted that during the last few days of the ITR filing deadline, the Income Tax Department’s e-filing website – http://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in – had started facing some glitches, largely because of the heavy traffic of taxpayers willing to file their tax returns.
In a press note issued on Monday, the Income Tax Department said that there are some complaints that the taxpayers are not being able to log on to the e-filing website of the Income Tax Department or are not being able to link Aadhaar with PAN because of different names reflected in PAN and Aadhaar database. “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,” it said.
In order to ease out the panic situation, the government has decided to take some steps. For instance, 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, 2017. However, the returns will not be processed until the linkage of Aadhaar with PAN is done.
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“In order to facilitate the e-filing of return, the government has also decided to extend the deadline for e-filing of return to 5th August, 2017,” it said.
However, just a day before on Sunday, the Income Tax Department had said that the last date for filing of Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for the financial year 2016-17 will not be extended beyond the deadline of 31st July.
“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,” a top official had said, according to a PTI report.
Revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia had also confirmed that the last date for filing Income Tax Returns will be July 31 and there would not be any extension.