23 Jul 2019Posted By: Mudit Handa

5 Reasons Why ITR filing Due Date Extended Soon

Recently, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had introduced the new Income Tax Return filing forms for Financial Year 2018-19 [AY 2019-20]. These new ITR filing forms were notified on 1st April 2019. 

As we all know that the Due Date for ITR filing is July 31 for individuals, firm, and LLP. However, there are chances that the ITR filing Due Date is likely to be extended this year as well. The government has released several new updates for the tax assessees as regards filing of Income Tax Returns. These new changes have been introduced for the very first time just a few days back. Due to this, the taxpayers might face difficulty in the timely filing of ITR within the prescribed due date.

As a result, there are full chances of extension of ITR filing Due Date beyond 31st July.

So, let us have a look at those 5 most compelling reasons that may cause ITR filing Due Date extension.


#1. Online utility for ITR filing released late

One of the main reasons, why ITR filing Due Date can be extended is that the Online utility for ITR filing has been released very lately. This online utility has released with some new updates.

For instance, it has now become mandatory for all who are directors in the companies to enter their directorship details along with shareholding in unlisted companies. If a taxpayer is a Director of a company, then he has to specify the following information in ITR-2 or ITR-3 whichever is applicable:

  • DIN of taxpayers

  • Name of the company, 

  • PAN of the company

  • Shareholding details

The online utility for ITR-2 & ITR-3 was released on 12th July 2019 (just two and a half weeks before due date).

ITR-5 utility was available on 19th July 2019 only, just 12 days before the due date of filing.

Hence, we see there is very less time available for taxpayers to timely file their Income Tax Return online.

#2. Due date of Quarter 1 TDS return

The second reason, why ITR filing Due Date can be extended is that the Due date for TDS return filing in Form 24Q & 26Q for the financial year 2019-20 Quarter 1 is 31st July 2019, which is the deadline for ITR filing as well. Now, we see it is difficult to comply with 2 deadlines on the same date.

#3. Due date of Form-16 extended

Besides the fact that Q1 TDS return due date is 31st July 2019, there’s another cause of worry. The government has extended the Due date of issuance of Salary TDS Certificate Form-16 from 15th June to 10th July 2019

Also, refer to the 

Now, we see this has left only 21 days for the salaried taxpayers to file their Income Tax Return using their Form 16. 

#4. Detailed information required

Another reason for the likeliness of extension of ITR filing due date is that this year onwards, there is detailed reporting of information required while filing ITR. For example, now salaried individuals filing ITR-2 are supposed to furnish their complete salary break-up as well. Given the changes in ITR forms and the late availability of online utility, the taxpayers now need more time to file their Income Tax Return. This is likely to cause extension of ITR filing due date.

#5. ITR forms not ready for filing

Although the ITR forms have been notified by the government as on 1st April 2019 and the online utility for ITR filing is made available, the ITR forms are not completely ready for filing. As per the Excel and Java utilities are still going through revisions. This will surely result in the extension of ITR filing due date this year.

Timely file your income tax return in order to avoid penalty of ₹5,000/-.


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