Did you know you can still file your ITR or income tax return for assessment year 2018-19? The Income Tax Department has set a due date of March 31 for income tax assessees to file their income tax return for assessment year 2018-19 (AY2018-19) - which is financial year 2017-18 - with a late fee of Rs 10,000, according to a post by the taxman on microblogging website Twitter. This means that individuals who have skipped filing their income tax return for the previous financial year can still do so by paying the late fee of Rs 10,000.
You can still file your Income Tax Return for A.Y. 2018-19 ( F.Y. 2017-18 ) by 31st March, 2019 with late fee if you have not filed yet. pic.twitter.com/G6juCzKA1zIncome Tax India (@IncomeTaxIndia) March 25, 2019
The Income Tax Department enables the assessees - those required to pay income tax under the current laws - to file income tax returns for the past financial year. However, the late taxpayer has to bear penalty charges for the delay in filing the income tax return.
Non-filing of income tax return or filing an income tax return incorrectly may result in penalty and prosecution, the Income Tax Department added. It also said that the ITR for assessment year 2018-19 cannot be filed after March 31, the taxman noted - which means this is the last chance for assessees to clear their pending income tax returns for the financial year 2017-18. Any refund will be credited to such an income tax assessee's bank account directly, as per the normal process.
The Income Tax Department listed three steps for the concerned income tax assessees to file the late income tax return:
Step 1: Register on income tax e-filing website
The user is required to register himself/herself on the Income Tax Department's e-filing (online filing of income tax return) portal - incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.
Step 2: Prepare and submit income tax return
Then, the user is required to file the income tax return either in online or offline mode.
(Also read: March 31 due date for linking PAN with Aadhaar)
Step 3: Verify income tax return
Once the income tax return is filed, the assessee is required to verify the same, noted the taxman. This can be done online by one of the three methods: through electronic verification (e-verification) code, through Aadhaar one-time passcode or through digital signature certificate. (Also read: How to verify income tax return after filing)
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