India Extends Deadline To File Income Tax Return For FY2018-19  To August 31

The finance ministry of India has extended the deadline for filing income tax return (ITR) for FY2018-19 by individuals from July 31, 2019 to August 31, 2019.

This was made available to the general public via its official verified twitter handle. It tweeted:
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extends the ‘due date’ for filing of Income Tax Returns from 31st July, 2019 to 31st August, 2019 in respect of certain categories of taxpayers who were liable to file their Returns by 31.07.2019. 

See tweet below:

The categories of taxpayers includes all taxpayers who were liable to file their Income Tax Returns by 31st of July, 2019 & can now file their Income Tax Returns by 31st of August, 2019.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and all field offices will be observing & celebrating the 159th Income Tax Day i.e. Aaykar Diwas on 24th July, 2019.

It was gathered that many chartered accountant/tax practioner societies had appealed to the government to extend the ITR filing deadline to provide sufficient time to individuals to file ITR properly. There are many reasons for this.

With extension of the deadline, individuals will have more time to file their ITRs without worrying about late filing fees.