COVID-19: Deadline to file IT-returns for FY 2018-19 extended to September 30

Updated: Jul 30, 2020, 15:03 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to further ease compliance for taxpayers CBDT extends the due date for filing of Income Tax Returns

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The Income Tax Department on Wednesday extended the deadline for filing income tax returns for the financial year 2018-19 (the assessment year 2019-20) by two months. As per the new guidelines, the new deadline now to file the income tax return for this period is September 30.

Earlier, the government had extended the deadline to July 31 due to the nation-wide lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic.

Taking to Twitter, the Income Tax Department said the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the date for filing the Income Tax Returns from July 31 to September 30. While issuing the new directives, the income tax department said, "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to further ease compliance for taxpayers CBDT extends the due date for filing of Income Tax Returns."

  • Deadline to file revised income tax returns for the FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20) also extended to September 30
  • The due date was first extended in March from March 31 to June 30
  • Later in June, it was once again extended by a month till July 31
  • August 15 -the last date for employers to issue Form 16 to employees

This is the third time that the Income Tax department has extended the dates to file both original and revised income tax returns for the financial year 2018-19. In March, the due date was extended for the first time from March 31 to June 30. However, it was once again extended from June 30 to July 31. And after yesterday's announcement, the due date has yet again been extended till September 30.

Meanwhile, the government had also extended the last date for filing returns for the financial year 2019-20 (the assessment year 2020-21) to November 30.

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