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Circular No. 17/2021 [F.No.225/49/2021/ITA-II] Dated 9th September, 2021

Subject: Extension of time lines for filing of Income-tax returns and various reports of audit for the Assessment Year 2021-22– reg.

On consideration of difficulties reported by the taxpayers and other stakeholders in electronic filing of Income-tax returns and various reports of audit under the provisions of Income-tax Act, 1961 (Act), the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). in exercise of its powers under Section 119 of the Act, provides relaxation in respect of the following compliances:

1. The due date of furnishing of Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-22, which was 31st July 2021 under sub-section (1) of section 139 of the Act, as extended to 30th September, 2021 vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021, is hereby further extended to 31st December, 2021;

2. The due date of furnishing of Report of Audit under any provision of the Act for the Previous Year 2020-21, which is 30th September 2021, as extended to 31st October 2021 vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021, is hereby further extended to 15th January, 2022;

3. The due date of furnishing Report from an Accountant by persons entering into international transaction or specified domestic transaction under section 92E of the Act for the Previous Year 2020-21, which is 31st October 2021, as extended to 30th November 2021 vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021,  is hereby further extended to 31st January, 2022;

4. The due date of furnishing of Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-22, which is 31st October 2021 under sub-section (1) of section 139 of the Act, as extended to 30th November 2021 vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021, is hereby further extended to 15th February, 2022;

5. The due date of furnishing of Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-22, which is 30th November 2021 under sub-section (1) of section 139 of the Act, as extended to 31st December 2021 vide Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021, is hereby further extended to 28th February, 2022;

6. The due date of furnishing of belated/revised Return of Income for the Assessment Year 2021-22, which is 31st December 2021 under sub-section (4)/sub­section (5) of section 139 of the Act, as extended to 31st January, 2022, vide Circular 9/2021 dated 20.05 2021, is hereby further extended to 31st March, 2022;

Clarification 1: It is clarified that the extension of the dates as referred to in clauses (9), (12) and (13) of Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021 and as referred to in clauses (1), (4) and (5) of this Circular shall not apply to Explanation 1 to section 234A of the Act, in cases where the amount of tax on the total income as reduced by the amount as specified in clauses (i) to (vi) of sub-section (1) of that section exceeds one lakh rupees.

Clarification 2: For the purpose of Clarification 1, in case of an individual resident in India referred to in sub-section (2) of section 207 of the Act, the tax paid by him under section 140A of the Act within the due date (without extension under Circular No.9/2021 dated 20.05.2021 and this Circular) provided in that Act, shall be deemed to be the advance tax.

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