The finance ministry in a tweet has announced the extension of income tax return (ITR) filing deadline by a month to August 31. The tweet says “Upon consideration of the matter, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extends the ‘Due Date’ for filing of Income Tax Returns from 31st July, 2018 to 31st August, 2018 in respect of the said categories of taxpayers.”
Until last assessment year (AY) there was no penalty for filing belated income tax returns. However, this penalty is applicabthis penalty is applicable from AY 2018-19. A new section 234F was inserted by the government in the Income Tax Act. As per this section, an individual would have to pay a fee of up to Rs 10,000 for filing income tax return after the due dates specified in section 139(1) of the Act.