The last date to file income tax returns has been extended to August 5 by the government from July 31. This has been done due to the number of It returns being filed electronically.
As per the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), there has been an unprecedented surge in number of returns being e-filed.
This year till July 30, about 92 lakh returns have been electronically filed, which is 46.8 per cent higher than the returns e-filed during the corresponding period last fiscal.
Central Board of Direct Taxes has also extended the date for residents of Uttarakhand to October 31 due to the recent calamity there.
"Considering the large-scale devastation due to recent natural calamity in the State of Uttarakhand, CBDT, in exercise of powers conferred under section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961, hereby extends the 'due-date' for filing Returns of Income required to be furnished by 31st July, 2013 to 31st October, 2013, in respect of income-tax assessees residing or assessed in the State of Uttarakhand," the Income Tax department said on its website.