Will the government extend the deadline for filing tax returns?

ITR deposit for AY22-23: The Income Tax Directorate as well as the government have repeatedly said that the deadline for filing tax returns will not be extended beyond July 31, despite requests received from taxpayers and associations to do the same. In the past two tax years, the government has extended the income tax filing deadline, but this time said there will be no such extension for AY22-23.

ITR deposit: what has the government said?

The Income Tax Department on its Twitter account reminded people to file their taxes by July 31 as there will be no extension. “Over 3 crore ITR for AY 2022-23 have been deposited on the e-Filing portal till July 25, 2022. The deadline for depositing ITR for AY 2022-23 is July 31, 2022. We invite you to deposit your ITR at the earliest, if not filed yet,” he said in a tweet on Monday.

Not only the Income Tax Department, Revenue Secretary Tarun Bajaj has also confirmed that there will be no extension of time to file an ITR. He also said that the income tax portal is equipped enough to support, even if people claim there are problems in the website.

Commenting on the extension of the ITR filing deadline, Bajaj said, “People thought the current routine was that the dates would be extended. So they were a bit slow to fill returns initially but now on a daily basis we are getting between 15 lakh and 18 lakh returns. It will go slightly up to 25 lakh to 30 lakh return. Typically, filers wait until the last day to file their returns, he said.

“So far there is no question of extending the filing deadline,” he added.

Taxpayers and associations want an extension

Taxpayers and several associations have already approached the government for an extension of the ITR filing deadline. All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTPs), an association of lawyers, chartered accountants and tax practitioners, has urged the union Ministry of Finance and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to extend the ITR filing deadline citing various reasons.

The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has also urged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to extend the deadline until August 31. audit assessments be extended until August 31. We also ask that the income tax portal issues be addressed at the earliest, so that assessments can have a hassle-free experience in filing their tax returns,” he said.

Taxpayers in general have tweeted about the issues they are facing when filing their tax returns. They accused the income tax portal of ‘not working properly’, ‘not opening’, ‘OTP problem’, ‘takes time, loads continuously then fails’ , and requested an extension.

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