The Income Tax Return (ITR) last date for the Assessment Year 2022-23 is July 31 which is near. As the ITR deadline is about to end, users have started requesting the Income Tax department to reconsider the July 31 deadline as it is not practical to file ITR by that time. Several users on micro-blogging platform, Twitter posted with the hashtag #Extend_Due_Dates and made it to the trending section.
Tweeted with over 5,000 tweets, the #Extend_Due_Dates became one of the most trending hashtags on Twitter. Most of them have requested the department to reconsider their deadline as either the portal to file income tax is not working properly or the date is not practical. Here’re some of the tweets from the netizens.
A user named Nemi Chand Sharma requested Finance Minister and the Income tax department to extend the deadline as the portal was not working for her while downloading download 26AS, AIS and TIS & uploading ITR.
Honourable FM @nsitharaman ji @IncomeTaxIndia portal is not working properly !
Facing problems in download 26AS, AIS and TIS & uploading ITR. Please #Extend_Due_Date_Immediately #Extend_Due_Dates @VasundharaBJP @KumariDiya @PMOIndia @DrSatishPoonia
— Nemi Chand Sharma (@NemiCha36286775) July 27, 2022
A person who is said to be a Chartered Accountant (CA) shows that the server is not reachable and hence the date should be extended to August 31.
Kindly #Extend_Due_Dates_Immediately #Extend_Due_Dates #Extend_Due_Date_Immediately
This is the system and you are saying, everything is fine?
Not at all acceptable. Requesting to extend till 31-0-8-2022. pic.twitter.com/HNN9OQZ0Dn
— CA. David George (@dageocha) July 22, 2022
Countering the Income Tax Department claim of over two crores ITR filed, a user tweeted the below pic.
Till now 20-30% employee even not received form 16 from employer company. Out of total 6cr itr only 2cr filled. So please #Extend_Due_Dates_Immediately#Extend_Due_Dates_Immediately#extend_due_dates #IncomeTaxReturn #incometaxportal #nsitharaman pic.twitter.com/ISadDD3LJ8
— CA Ravinder Arya (@CARavinderArya1) July 20, 2022
Another Twitter user lists seven reasons why the date should be extended.
!! ITR Filing ~ #Extend_Due_Dates !!
1. Increased Taxpayer base
2. TDS reflects after 15th June
3. AIS/TIS Late updatation
4. Increased cap for Non Audit (1crores to10)
5. Other Statutory Compliance dates
6. History also proves
7. Precision while filing is must.. pic.twitter.com/Izo7Y31tOE
— CMA Vr. Dr. Pawan Jaiswal (@drpawanjaiswal) July 27, 2022
Revenue Secretary Answers if the ITR Deadline will be Extended
While users are requesting the Income Tax department to consider their decision and extend the deadline to August 31, Revenue Secretary has something else to say. Revenue Secretary Tarun Bajaj, says that the department has no plans to extend the ITR filing deadline.
He says, “People thought the routine now is that dates will be extended. So, they were a little slow in filing the returns initially but now on a daily basis, we are getting between 15 lakhs to 18 lakh returns. This will slightly go up to 25 lakh to 30 lakh returns”
With this, the answer is clear that one should not expect the deadline to extend and should file their income Tax Return as soon as before July 31.
More than 3 crore ITRs for AY 2022-23 have been filed on e-Filing portal till 25th July, 2022.
The due date to file ITR for AY 2022-23 is 31st July, 2022.
We urge you to file your ITR at the earliest, if not filed as yet. #FileNow!
Pl visit: https://t.co/GYvO3n9wMf #ITD pic.twitter.com/Kd5GVaeGb2
— Income Tax India (@IncomeTaxIndia) July 25, 2022
The Income Tax Department official number says that over three crore ITRs have been filed till Monday on the portal.
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