Extension of due date for filing tax return sought

Written by Economy Bureau | Kolkata, Oct 28 | Updated: Oct 29 2007, 07:55am hrs
The Calcutta Citizens' Initiative and the Direct Taxes Professional Association have urged Union finance minister P Chidambaram to extend the due date for filing return for taxpayers in West Bengal from October 31 to November 30.

In a memorandum sent to Chidambaram, the two organisations have cited a number of reasons for the extension--flood and water logging during the end of September and the beginning of October; festivals like Id-Ul-Fitre, Durga Puja, Dussehra and Lakshmi Puja; the examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants to be held from November 1 and for which the article clerks of the CA firms are already on leave; pen down strike in the I-T department on October 30; and the 12-hour strike called by the Trinamool Congress on October 31.

People, particularly the trade community, have become busy for the preparation of Diwali and Kali puja, which falls on November 9, the memorandum said. The organisations have also urged the Trinmool Congress to review its decision by taking into consideration taxpayers' problems.