New Income Tax portal had been launched in first week of June-2021. Since then, many stakeholders are facing certain technical issues. Those rare (may be its not their subject) people who don’t know this may search about this on social media.

CBDT has already extended the due dates of filing audit reports and ITRs for two times in this AY 2021-22 and also given exemption from interest u/s. 234A to certain small tax payers. But is this a proper solution?

Word INCOME TAX written on wooden cubes stock image

Following are some facts.

Sr.
No.
Assess-ment Year  ITR in Non-Audited Cases  ITR in Audited Cases (Other than transfer pricing)
Original Due Date Extended Due Date Order No. Original Due Date Extended Due Date Order No.
1 AY 2015-16 31/07/ 2015 07/09/ 2015 225/154/ 2015/ITA. II 30/09/ 2015 31/10/ 2015 225/207/ 2015/ITA. II
2 AY 2016-17 31/07/ 2016 05/08/ 2016 225/195/ 2016/ITA. II 30/09/ 2016 17/10/ 2016 225/195/ 2016/ITA-II
3 AY 2017-18 31/07/ 2017 05/08/ 2017 30/09/ 2017 07/11/ 2017 225/270/ 2017/ITA. II
4 AY 2018-19 31/07/ 2018 31/08/ 2018 225/242/ 2018/ITA. II 30/09/ 2018 31/10/ 2018 225/358/ 2018/ITA. II
5 AY 2019-20 31/07/ 2019 31/08/ 2019 225/157/ 2019/ITA. II 30/09/ 2019 31/10/ 2019 225/157/ 2019/ITA. II
6 AY 2020-21 31/07/ 2020 10/01/ 2021 Press Release 30/12 31/10/ 2020 15/02/ 2021 Press Release 30/12
7 AY 2021-22 31/07/ 2021 31/12/ 2021 CBDT Cir. No. 17/2021 31/10/ 2021 15/02/ 2022 CBDT Cir. No. 17/2021

AY 2015-16: Gujarat HC directs CBDT to extend ITR due date to 31.10.2015: Judgment Analysis Link: https://taxguru.in/income-tax/analysis-gujarat-hc-judgement-directing-cbdt-extend-itr-due-date-31102015.html

AY 2018-19: Petitions had been filed in High Courts for extension of due date in Gujarat, Delhi, Allahabad, Rajasthan and Kerala.

AY 2020-21: Gujarat High Court’s Direction to CBDT. Link: https://taxguru.in/income-tax/decision-extension-due-date-filing-itr-tar-12-01-2021-gujarat-hc-cbdt.html

Point No. 4 in this link is very noteworthy: https://taxguru.in/income-tax/ca-association-criticised-action-policies-fmo-after-insufficient-due-date-extension.html

Tweet Dated 08/06/2021 by Hon’ble FM: https://twitter.com/nsitharaman/status/1402147151606476801?lang=en

The glitches in the new income tax portal are expected to be fixed entirely in the next 2-3 weeks: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (16.08.2021) Link: https://twitter.com/ani/status/1427248371379564544

Resolve glitches in Income Tax e-filing portal by 15th Sep 2021: FM to Infosys. Link: https://taxguru.in/income-tax/resolve-glitches-income-tax-e-filing-portal-15th-september-2021-fm-infosys.html

After considering all the facts stated above, can a layman conclude that a writ petition or SLP is the only way in this situation? Isn’t there a need to reinstate the previous income tax portal?

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2 Comments

  1. GANDHI MOHAN BHARATI says:

    Unfortunately the present Government is one who insist that a rabbit has only 1.5 legs only. They don’t even bother about Supreme Court Orders. Probably God is our only hope

  2. r.arvind says:

    The Article has ended with a question which I feel is, incorrect. It is not as if the new portal was introduced by way of any Judicial Order.It was purely an administrative decision. Therefore, why should the citizenry be made to run to the Judiciary for administrative glitches and get caught n legal rigmarole? The correct question should be, How to make the Government restore the old web portal without a lengthy legal court case?

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