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September 19, 2020

Income Tax Return Filing & Audit Due Date is NOT Extended to 31 March 2021

by facelesscompliance in Income Tax

Income Tax Return Filing & Audit Due Date is NOT Extended to 31 March 2021

There is a viral messages in social media which says,

High lights of the RACP Bill 2020 introduced in Lok Sabha.(Bill no- 116 of 2020)

1) ITR filing for AY 2019-20 is to be extended from 30th Sep to 31-3-2021.

2) ITR filing for AY 2020-21 is to be extended from 30th Nov. to 31-3-2021.

3) Filing of audit reports under any provision for AY 2020-21 is to be extended from 31st Oct to 31-3-2021…..

….. etc etc

What the Bill Says

The bill starts from third proviso of section 3 which is as under:

Provided also that where the specified Act is the Income-tax Act, 1961 and the compliance relates to—

(i) furnishing of return under section 139 thereof, for the assessment year commencing on the—

(a) 1st day of April, 2019, the provision of this sub-section shall have the effect as if for the figures, letters and words “31st day of March, 2021”, the figures, letters and words “30th day of September, 2020” had been substituted;

(b) 1st day of April, 2020, the provision of this sub-section shall have the effect as if for the figures, letters and words “31st day of March, 2021”, the figures, letters and words “30th day of November, 2020” had been substituted;

(vii) furnishing of report of audit under any provision thereof for the assessment year commencing on the 1st day of April, 2020, the provision of this sub-section shall have the effect as if for the figures, letters and words “31st day of March, 2021”, the figures, letters and words “31st day of October, 2020” had been substituted:

Now after reading the above amendments many believed for once that due date have been extended to 31 March 2021 for all income tax returns and tax audit reports.

However, that’s not true. If one reads the above bill carefully the first sub section extends all the due date between 20 March 2020 to 31 December 2020 to 31 March 2021 whereas the next proviso clarifies that for various due dates shall not extend to 31 March 2021 where it will extend to some specific date. For eg:

1. Due date for return of A.Y. 2019-20 will be 30 September 2020 instead of 31 March 2021.

2. Due date for return of A.Y. 2020-21 u/s 139(1) will be 30 November 2020 instead of 31 March 2021.

3. Due date for tax audit report for A.Y. 2020-21 will be 31 October 2020 instead of 31 March 2021.

Thus there is no extension as on 19 September 2020 for ITR filing or Tax Audit Due date

Revised Income Tax Return and Tax Audit Due date for Financial Year 2019-20 and Changes in Direct Tax

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