The Ministry of Finance today decided extended the last date for filing of income tax returns by five days to August 5 for this year. This might be a relief to many who have been struggling to meet the July 31 deadline for filing your annual tax The efiling site was slow at many locations due to the surge in the last minute filing. The IT officials attributed this to the local service provider issues and said that the systems at their end were OK and is being monitored continuously by the officials.
The due date, which was today, has been extended in wake of "unprecedented surge" in number of I-T returns being filed electronically.
"As a measure of taxpayers' convenience, it has been decided to extend the due date of filing of returns from July 31, 2013 to August 5, 2013," the Finance Ministry said.
As per the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), there has been an unprecedented surge in number of returns being e-filed.
This year till July 30, about 92 lakh returns have been electronically filed, which is 46.8 per cent higher than the returns e-filed during the corresponding period last fiscal.
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