Government extends deadline to file Income Tax returns in Kerala

NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday extended the last date for filing (ITR) in the flood-hit state of Kerala. The southern state witnessed the worst flood situation in a century.

“In view of the disruption caused due to severe floods in Kerala, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) hereby further extends the due date for furnishing returns from August 31, 2018 to September 15, 2018 for all Income Tax assesses in the state of Kerala, who were liable to file their Income Tax returns by August 31, 2018,” a notification from ministry of finance stated.

CBDT had earlier extended the deadline for filing of ITRs from July 31 to August 31 for all taxpayers. It can be noted that the extension of is only for taxpayers in Kerala.

Last week, the government had also extended the last date of filing GST (goods and services tax) summary sales returns or GSTR-3B for the month of July to August 24. The earlier due date was August 20.

“There were instances of technical glitches faced on August 20 in filing the return, which was the last date for submission of GSTR 3B. It‘s good that more time has been given for filing,” said Pratik Jain, Partner and Leader, Indirect Tax, PwC. GST collections rose to Rs 96,483 crore in July from Rs 95,610 crore mopped up in the previous month.

For Kerala, Mahe (Puducherry) and Kodagu (Karnataka), the GSTR-3B for the month of July can be filed by October 5 and the returns for the month of August can now be filed by October 10.

Also, the deadline for GSTR-1 (July-September) for taxpayers with turnover up to Rs 1.5 crore has been extended November 15.

For those with turnover above Rs 1.5 crore, the new deadline for filing GSTR-1 for July is October 5. And, the last date of filing GSTR-1 for the month of August is now October 10.
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