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Deadline to file ITR extended till August 5, online system cuts queues

punjab Updated: Jul 30, 2016 23:36 IST
Nikhil Sharma
Nikhil Sharma
Hindustan Times

Residents at the income tax office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. (Karun Sharma/HT)

The date of filing their income tax return (ITR) has been extended till August 5 from the earlier deadline of July 31.

Tax offices will remain open over the weekend, including Sunday, as announced earlier, to help people wanting to file their returns for the assessment year 2016-17. This time, there has seen a departure from previous years with no long queues seen in the local tax office.

Online filing or e-filing has been the flavour of the season with only 7,100 filing their returns manually. Department officials claim to have no idea on the number of people filing online and say the data would be filed online.

The fact that it mandatory for people with annual income of more than `5 lakh have to file the return online. It is also mandatory for people with income less than `5 lakh to file online, if he/she has to avail of refund.

Otherwise, those with income below `5 lakh can either file manually or go online.

People who have annual income of over `1 crore will have to undergo an audit by the department and then they can file their ITR till September 30.

Professionals, including advocates and doctors, who have annual income of over Rs 60 lakh per annum also have to undergo audit by the department. They can also file ITR till September 30.

Where to go online

To avail e-filing facility, taxpayers have to register at the income tax department’s website

One needs to type in details of the Aadhaar Card, passport number and e-mail address to avail the facility.

“Those who would fail to file the ITR before the deadline will be charged 1% interest each month on the total tax to be paid,” an official said.

Dept website slow, people complain

People wanting to file online are facing problems in registration and filing their returns as the website crashed repeatedly. Last-minute rush is to be blamed for the glitch, officials claimed.

Anju Dogra, of Sector 26 said, “I have made several attempts to register online for e-filing, but the website flashes an error message on screen. I am in the category that has to e-file mandatorily. This is frustrating.”

Tax slabs as per income

Nil: Income less than Rs 2.5 lakh

10%: Income between Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 5 lakh

20%: Income between Rs 5 lakh and 10 lakh

30%: Above Rs 10 lakh