The Central Board of Direct Taxes has issued a notice dated 01st October 2015, extending the due date for filing returns of Income and Tax Audit Report for the entire country.
CBDT states that some High Courts have ruled in favor of and some against the due date extension.
CBDT is now extending the due date for the whole country in order to avoid the discrimination between the taxpayers who are residing in different jurisdictions and also in view of the dearth of time to approach the Honorable Supreme Court through SLP.
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Earlier the due date for the e-filing of returns and audit reports was 30th September 2015. It has now been extended until 31st October 2015.
The Income Tax department notified the new set of ITR forms, including a three-page simplified one in the month of June. This was done for the taxpayers to file their returns for the assessment year 2015-16.
“In order to avoid discrimination between taxpayers residing in different jurisdictions and to be fair to all, and also in view of paucity of time to approach the Hon’ble Supreme Court by way of Special Leave Petition, the Government has decided that across the country, all the returns of income and audit reports u/s 44AB which were due for e-filing by 30th September, 2015, may now be filed by 31st October, 2015.”