Income tax filing deadline for FY21 extended to December 31

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Income tax filing deadline for FY21 extended to December 31
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  • The Indian government has extended the income tax filing returns by three months from September 30 to December 31.
  • The deadline has been extended because of technical glitches on the new income tax portal managed by Infosys.
  • The new income tax e-filing portal was unveiled in June and has been facing continuous technical difficulties ever since.
Deadline to file income tax returns (ITR) for assessment year 2021-22 has been extended by three months to December 31, 2021 from September 30, 2021, as per a press release by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

The government has extended the deadline because of continuous technical glitches reported on the new income tax portal handled by Infosys.

This is the second time in this fiscal that the government has extended the deadline for filing ITR. Earlier, due to the second wave of the pandemic, the ITR filing deadline was extended by two months from July 31 to September 30.

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Apparently, Infosys has been receiving a certain backlash for being unable to resolve the issues. Taxpayers have been complaining on social media about glitches with the new income tax e-filing portal for several weeks now. Due to the continuous technical difficulties, the Ministry of Finance had also summoned Infosys’ chief executive officer Salil Parekh to explain why these issues have not been resolved yet.

The Income Tax department had unveiled the new income tax e-filing portal in June this year as it sought to provide a “modern, seamless experience” to taxpayers.

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