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Why ITR Filing Date May Get Extended Beyond 31 December 2021? Find Out Here!

Updated on: 10 Aug, 2023 04:09 PM

As we all know by now that the last date for filing ITR for the fiscal year 2020-21 is December 31, 2021. This deadline has already been extended twice, first from July 31 to September 30 2021, and again to December 31 2021. In such a scenario, it seems unlikely that it would get extended.

However, CAs and tax specialists believe that the ITR filing date may get extended for individuals and other taxpayers. While there is no notification till now, the tax experts are confident that their request will be heard.

In this guide, we have compiled the top 4 reasons why it may get extended- have a look!

Uncertain Load Bearing Capability

With a few days left, there is a possibility that the rest of the taxpayers would be unable to file their tax returns. It is basically due to the numerous bugs that have been identified on the newly released income tax portal. As of now, the ITR due date remains to be 31st December. It needs to be seen if the recently launched e-filing income tax portal can manage the volume of people reporting their ITRs at the same time in such a short period of time.

Lesser Number of Income Tax Returns Filed

In comparison to the previous year, fewer taxpayers have submitted their ITR in FY 2020-21. According to a tweet from the Income Tax Department last year, more than 5.95 crore ITRs were submitted as of January 10, 2021. It was the last date of filing for the last year. However, this year, by 15th December only 3.59 crore ITRs have been filed. At least 2.36 crore ITRs are still to be submitted, with fewer than 15 days until the deadline of December 31.

Problems in Income Tax Portal

Several problems in the income tax portal have been reported by taxpayers and other stakeholders. For instance, due to the failure of the TAR schema, an incorrect date is being displayed in the previously submitted TARS.

The portal does not permit the submission of Form for New Registration of Trusts and Societies, hence preventing the submission of Form ITR-7. DSC functionality in some cases is also causing problems. In addition, ITR- 5 and 6 were not available on the portal for long.

Lengthy ITD Utilities

It is worth noting that ITD utilities available in the public domain have quite extensive and time-consuming regulations and issues. As a result, compiling details and completing compliances takes a significant amount of time.

In a nutshell, the issues like the portal’s sluggish performance, lengthy utilities, etc., are creating a backlog of work with CAs, industry professionals, and other stakeholders. This necessitates more time to submit ITRs smoothly. Extension of ITR filing dates will provide relief to the taxpayers for the third time.

That being said, it is advisable that you should not wait for the extension as the income tax department has not yet released any notification communicating the extension of the dates. File your income tax returns today on tax2win and save yourself from penalties.

CA Abhishek Soni
CA Abhishek Soni

Abhishek Soni is a Chartered Accountant by profession & entrepreneur by passion. He is the co-founder & CEO of Tax2win is amongst the top 25 emerging startups of Asia and authorized ERI by the Income Tax Department. In the past, he worked in EY and comes with wide industry experience from telecom, retail to manufacturing to entertainment where he has handled various national and international assignments.