The due date for filing ITR for individual taxpayers
Generally, the last date to file an income tax return for individual taxpayers is July 31st in the subsequent financial year. For example, the due date to file an ITR for FY 2019-2020 was July 31st, 2020.
However, this date is subject to extension as and when deemed suitable by the Central Board of Taxes (CBDT). For instance, although the last date to file ITR was July 31st, 2020, for FY 2019-2020, it was extended to December 31st, 2020.
Have you missed out on the due date to file your income tax return? Do not fret. Allow us to explain how to file ITR for salaried employees after the due date:
1) File a belated return
You can still file your income tax return after the due date, which is known as a belated return. Filing a belated return is essentially the same as filing an ITR before the due date. The primary difference while filing a belated return is that while filing the applicable ITR form, you must select ‘Return Filed under Section 139(4)’.
2) Pay a late filing fee or penalty
The downside to filing an income tax return after the due date is that it attracts a penalty. Therefore, you are liable to pay a late filing fee under Section 234F of the Income Tax Act, the amount of which is variable.
The table below highlights the amount of penalty generally payable by different categories of taxpayers: