CIRCULAR No. 4/2018
F. No. 370889/25/2018
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
New Delhi, Dated 21st July, 2018
Order under section 139(1) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘the Act’)
This Circular is issued in pursuant to Section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 is to clarify that rumors
spreading across in social media regarding extension in due date for non-tax audit cases is fake and there are no such plans to extend this deadline beyond 31st July, 2018. The department has already received over 1 crore returns filed electronically.
As per Section 234F of the Income Tax Act, from 1st April 2018, the penalty for late filing income taxreturn would be as follows:
(a) five thousand rupees, if the return is furnished on or before the 31st day of December of the assessment year;
(b) ten thousand rupees in any other case:
Provided further that if the total income of the person does not exceed five lakh rupees, the fee payable under this section shall not exceed one thousand rupees. Therefore, the assessees are hereby asked to file their ITRs before the above due date to avoid the penalty.
(Sanyam Suresh Joshi)