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All I-T returns must be filed by March end

New Delhi: With a view to expedite tax assessments, the revenue department proposes to make it mandatory for tax payers to file I-T returns as well as revised returns by March end of the assessment year (AY).

Sushil Chandra Chairman of  CBDT,   the nodal national agency responsible for administering Income Tax department.
CBDT Chairperson Sushil Chandra said, “timely filing of ITR is mandatory.”

The department, in the memorandum to Finance Bill 2017, has also proposed a fee for delayed filing of income tax returns. In case of people whose total income does not exceed Rs 5 lakh, Rs 1,000 fee would be charged.

If the income exceeds Rs 5 lakh, a fee of Rs 5,000 shall be payable if the return is filed after July but on or before December 31 of the Assessment Year (AY). A fee of Rs 10,000 shall be payable if ITR is filed after December.

“In order to expedite assessments of the Department, it is critical that the returns for an assessment year also freeze by the end of the assessment year. It is hence proposed to amend the provisions of sub-section (5) of section 139 to provide that the time for furnishing of revised return shall be available up to the end of the relevant assessment year or before the completion of assessment, whichever is earlier,” said the memorandum to the Finance Bill 2017.

This effectively means that people filing Income Tax returns have to file it with the department by March end of the assessment year i.e return for fiscal 2017-18 has to be filed by March 2019.

CBDT Chairperson Sushil Chandra said: “Today we have 1 crore people below Rs 2.5 lakh income filing tax returns. So if they are filing ITR, we want them to file returns on time.

So now timely filing of ITR is mandatory.”

So far assesses were permitted to file delayed income tax returns one year after the completion of the assessment year.


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