Relief for taxpayers: Deadline to file income tax returns extended further to January 10

Relief for taxpayers: Deadline to file income tax returns extended further to January 10
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The Indian government has extended the deadline income tax return filing has been extended from December 31 to January 10.

The extension of the deadline is specifically for those individuals whose accounts do not require an audit and usually file their income tax returns using the ITR-1 or ITR-4 forms.


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This is the third time that the Income Tax Department that extended the deadline to file income tax returns this year. It was initially pushed forward from August 31 to November 30 this year on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was postponed again to December 31.

The government has also extended other deadlines to file other tax returns for the year 2019-2020.

New deadlines for filing tax returns:
CategoryDate
Individual ITRs10 January 2021
Tax audit and other audits15 January 2021
ITR audit cases15 February 2021
Vivad se Vishwas scheme31 January 2021
GSTR-9/9C28 February 2021

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According to the press release, over one crore ITR-4 applications have already been filed till December 29 — a marginal increase from 99.50 lakh who filed in August last year.

The data shows that individuals filing for tax returns have slowed down so far this year but filings by businesses and trusts have increased.

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