ITBA urges CBDT to extend return filing date

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 4: Expressing concern over silence being maintained by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on extending date of filing of Income Tax Returns by the tax payers of Jammu & Kashmir under sub-section (1) of section 139 of the Income-tax Act, 1961, Income Tax Bar Association (ITBA) Jammu has pleaded for extension of return filing date.
“Last date for filing returns has expired on 31st August and knowingly that no internet mobility is available in the state of Jammu and Kashmir since August 5 after the abrogation of Article 370, CBDT have not extended due date by issuing a notification/order,” the members of ITBA Jammu said in its executive committee meeting held today.
They said that most of the assesses could not file their returns due to lack of internet facility in all the districts of the State. Presiding over the meeting, Advocate Sat Mehta said that extension of due date by CBDT was awaited by professionals and the tax payers of J&K as most of income tax returns can only be filed online on the official portal of the income-tax department but no such order has been issued till this date causing lot of anxiety in tax payers.
General Secretary, Advocate VK Grover said that keeping in view snapping of Internet Mobility in Jammu & Kashmir CBDT should issue requisite order/notification/circular extending date of filing Income-tax returns for at least till the time Internet facility is restored or/and accept the Income-tax returns at all Return Counters of the department of Jammu and Kashmir so that genuine hardship faced by tax payers is resolved.