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CLARIFICATION – THERE IS NO EXTENSION IN NON AUDIT INCOME TAX RETURN TILL 21ST JULY 2018

CBDT HAS CLARIFIED THAT THERE IS NO EXTENSION IN NON AUDIT INCOME TAX RETURNS AS ON DATE. THE NEWS BEING SPREAD IN SOCIAL MEDIA IS FAKE AND NOT RELIABLE. ALL ARE REQUESTED TO ADHERE BY THE TIMELINES.

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CIRCULAR No. 4/2018
F. No. 370889/25/2018
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
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New Delhi, Dated 21st July, 2018

Order under section 139(1) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘the Act’)

This Circular is issued in pursuant to Section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 is to clarify that rumors spreading across in social media regarding extension in due date for non-tax audit cases is fake and there are no such plans to extend this deadline beyond 31st July, 2018. The department has already received over 1 crore returns filed Electronically.

As per Section 234F of the Income Tax Act, from 1st April 2018, the penalty for late filing income tax return would be as follows:

(a) five thousand rupees, if the return is furnished on or before the 31st day of December of the assessment year;

(b) ten thousand rupees in any other case:

Provided further that if the total income of the person does not exceed five lakh rupees, the fee payable under this section shall not exceed one thousand rupees. Therefore, the assessees are hereby asked to file their ITRs before the above due date to avoid the penalty.

(Sanyam Suresh Joshi)
DCIT, CBDT

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1. PS to FM/OSD to FM/PS to MoS(F)/OSD to MoS(F)
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3. Chairman, CBDT
4. All Members, CBDT
5. All Pr. DGsIT/Pr. CCsIT
6. All Joint Secretaries/CsIT, CBDT
7. Directors/Deputy Secretaries/Under Secretaries of CBDT
8. DIT (RSP&PR)/Systems, New Delhi
9. The C&AG of India (30 copies)
10. The JS & Legal Adviser, Ministry of Law & Justice, New Delhi
11. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
12. All Chambers of Commerce
13. CIT (M&TP), Official Spokesperson of CBDT
14. O/o Pr. DGIT (Systems) for uploading on official website

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