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Govt Extends Due Date For FY20 ITR Filing By Individuals Till 10 January 2021

The government had earlier extended various due dates for filing ITRs for FY 2019-20 from July 31 to December 31, to give compliance relief to taxpayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In a relief to taxpayers, the government on Wednesday further extended the deadline for filing returns by individual taxpayers for FY 2019-20 by 10 January 2021.

Also, the due date of furnishing Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for taxpayers whose accounts are not required to be audited and for those who files their income tax return using ITR-1 or ITR-4 forms, as applicable, according to the press statement.


The government had earlier extended various due dates for filing ITRs for FY 2019-20 from July 31 to December 31, to give compliance relief to taxpayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Samant Sikka, Co-Founder, Sqrrl, During Covid-19 induced lockdowns, tax filing dates saw special extensions to make the process convenient for taxpayers. The income tax return (ITR) filing deadline for Financial Year 2019-20 which is marked as 31st July in a regular year got extended to November 30, 2020 at first and then finally to December 31, 2020, for individual taxpayers. Other than this, the date of issuing the Form 16 or “TDS certificate” by employers to employees also received an extension from 15th June, 2020 to 15th Aug 2020 this time.

In some cases, the processing of returns was done so fast wherein when returns were filed, they were processed within 3 days and refunds were received much earlier as compared to last year. However, in some other cases people who filed returns as early as in July, 2020 haven’t received the refunds yet. The Income Tax department also introduced 'Jhatpat Processing' for filing ITR. It has already started for ITR-1 and 4. Tax department has also made several changes in the ITR forms for tax filing for FY 2019-20. For example, this year in ITR-1 a taxpayers will have to provide their passport number (if they have one) and detailed information about their employer unlike last year where a taxpayer simply had to select the nature of employment, i.e., Government, PSU, Pensioners. 


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