ITR filing FY 2019-20: CBDT extends deadline for filing tax returns; know all details here


New Delhi: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Wednesday extended the deadline for filing ITRs for Assessment Year 2020-21 (FY 2019-20) for certain cases till February 15, 2021, due to difficulties faced by people in the wake of coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadline for filing income tax returns by individuals has been extended by 10 days to January 10, 2021.

In view of the continued challenges faced by taxpayers in meeting statutory compliances due to outbreak of COVID-19, the Govt further extends the dates for various compliances, CBDT has tweeted. 

CBDT has made the following major deadline changes in the filing of ITR for FY 2019-20

a. The due date for furnishing of Income Tax Returns for the Assessment Year 2020-21 for the taxpayers (including their partners) who are required to get their accounts audited and companies [for whom the due date, as per the provisions of section 139(1) of the Income-tax Act,1961 , was 31st October, 2020 and which was extended to 30th November, 2020 and then to 31st January, 2021) has been further extended to 15th February, 2021.

b. The due date for furnishing of Income Tax Returns for the Assessment Year 2020-21 for the taxpayers who are required to furnish report in respect of international/specified domestic transactions [for whom the due date, as per the provisions of section 139(1) of the Income­ tax Act,1961,was 30th November,2020 and which was extended to 31st January,2021) has been further extended to 15th February, 2021.

c. The due date for furnishing of Income Tax Returns for the Assessment Year 2020-21 for the other taxpayers [for whom the due date,as per the provisions of section 139(1)of the Income­ tax Act , 1961, was 31st July, 2020 and which was extended to 30th November, 2020 and then to 31st December, 2020) has been further extended to 10th January, 2021.

d. The date for furnishing of various audit reports under the Act including tax audit report and report in respect of international/specified domestic transaction for the Assessment Year 2020-21 has been further extended to 15th January, 2021.

e. The last date for making a declaration under Vivad Se Vishwas Scheme has been extended to 3181 January, 2021 from 31st December, 2020.

f. The date for passing of orders under Vivad Se Vishwas Scheme, which are required to be passed by 30th January, 2021 has been extended to 31st January, 2021.

g. The date for passing of order or issuance of notice by the authorities under the Direct Taxes & Benami Acts which are required to be passed/ issued/ made by 30th March, 2021 has also been extended to 31st March, 2021.

Further, in order to provide relief for the third time to small and middle class taxpayers in the matter of payment of self-assessment tax, the due date for payment of self-assessment tax date is hereby again being extended. Accordingly, the due date for payment of self-assessment tax for taxpayers whose self-assessment tax liability is up to Rs. 1 lakh has been extended to 15 February, 2021 for the taxpayers mentioned in para 4(a) and para 4(b) and to 10111 January, 2021 for the taxpayers mentioned in para 4(c).

The Government has also extended the due date of furnishing of annual return under section 44 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 for the financial year 2019-20 from 31st December, 2020 to 281h February, 2021.

The necessary notifications in this regard shall be issued in due course, CBDT said.

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