Last date for filing Income Tax (IT) return for the financial year 2016-17 has been extended to 5th August 2017. The original deadline for filing IT return for FY 2016-17 (AY 2017-18) was July 31, 2017.
Taxpayers have complained to Income Tax Department regarding login problem on e-filing website (IncomeTaxIndiaeFiling.gov.in) and they are not being able to link Aadhaar with PAN because of different names reflected in PAN and Aadhaar database. Accordingly, IT department has now extended the last date for filing of Income Tax Returns (ITR) for the Assessment Year 2017-18 relevant to the Previous Year 2016-17.
Extension of date for filing of Income Tax Returns AY 2017-18
In press release dated 31st July, 2017, the Income Tax Department finally decided to extend the deadline for filing ITR by 5 days to August 5, 2017.
Link PAN with Aadhar:
There was difficulty in linking Aadhar Card with PAN as complaints received by IT Department but such technical problem was resolved. 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.
IT department said that “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”.
Extended Last Date:
In order to facilitate the e-filing of return, the Income Tax Department has decided to give extension of five days for e-filing of return. Accordingly, the last date for filing ITR for AY 2017-18 is 05-08-2017 i.e. IT return can be filed upto 5th August, 2017.
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.
Did You Know? There are more than 614 lakhs users have been registered on official e-Filing website www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in and out of those only 285 Lakhs users has linked their Aadhar with PAN. As of now there are total 8171603 ITRs are filed and successfully e-Verified.