ITR 2018-19 – Last Date for Income Tax Return 2018-19 Extended to 31st August 2019

Last date filing Income Tax Return for the financial year 2018-19 (AY 2019-20)  has been extended to 31st August 2019 from 31st July 2019

Govt has extended the last date for filing Income Tax Return 2018-19 (AY 2019-20) by the Tax Payers whose accounts need not be subjected to Audit from 31st July 2019 to 31st August 2019.    This decision for date extension has been taken by Income Tax Department as Income Tax Payers in Salaried Class Category are facing difficulty in filing ITR due to extension of last date for providing Form-16 by the Employers.

It pertinent to note that Govt has amended Income Tax provisions last year in order to levy heavy  penalty in the case of non filing of Income Tax Return before due date.  If the return is furnished after the due date of filing but on or before December 31, it will attract a penalty of Rs 5,000, which doubles to Rs 10,000 if the return is filed between January 1 and March 31. If the total income of the person, however, does not exceed Rs 5 lakh, the penalty shall not exceed Rs 1,000.

ITR 2018-19 - Last Date for Income Tax Return 2018-19 Extended to 31st August 2019F.No. 225/157/2019/ITA.II
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes

North-Block, ITA-II Division 
New Delhi, the 23rd of July, 2019

Order under Section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961

The ‘due-date’ for filing income-tax returns for Assessment-Year 2019-20 is 31.07.2019 for certain categories of taxpayers. It has been reported that some of the taxpayers are facing difficulties in filing their income- tax returns due to various reasons including extension of due date for issue of Form 16 for the Assessment-Year 2019-20.

2. In this regard, the Central Board of Direct Taxes, in exercise of its powers conferred under section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘Act’), hereby extends the ‘due-date’, as prescribed under section 139(1) of the Act, for filing income-tax returns from 31stJuly, 2019 to 31st August, 2019 in cases of all taxpayers who are liable to file their income-tax returns by the said ‘due-date’.

(Rajarajeswari R.)

Under Secretary to the Government of India

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