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ITR filing: Writ filed in Gujarat HC for no penalty, interest till new tax portal becomes glitch-free

The Chartered Accountants Association Surat (CAAS) has filed a writ with the Gujarat High Court requesting that no penalty, interest, or late fees be imposed on taxpayers until the new income tax portal is glitch-free. According on CAAS’s Twitter account the association has also requested the setting up of Grievance Redressal Committee and honouring Citizens Charter.

According to the tweet, the hearing on the matter was to be held today.
It is also being reported in the media that the Tax Advocates Association Gujarat has requested a waiver of late fees under section 234 F of the Income Tax Act, 1961, as well as an extension of the due date for filing audit reports and audited income tax returns for the fiscal year 2021-22.

ET Online reported earlier that due to numerous technical glitches in the new portal of the Income Tax Department, the All Odisha Tax Advocates Association (AOTAA) has issued a legal notice to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for not extending the ITR filing deadline for assessees of Odisha for the Assessment Year 2021-2022 and imposing a late filing fee under section 234F of the Income Tax Act, 1961, in spite of many technical glitches in the new portal of the Income Tax Department.

According to the legal notice, “That although the old portal of the Income Tax Department was working flawlessly and it was user friendly, but the Union Finance Ministry entrusted M/s Infosys Ltd to develop the new portal after the beginning of the Assessment Year:2021-2022. That as per earlier directions of the Hon’ble High Courts CBDT failed to upload schema of the returns forms in the portal in time.”

The legal notice also pointed out: That the new portal has been so designed that it takes maximum time to fill up the return forms and upload the same. In certain occasions, the portal was hanged in between filling the ITR forms, which caused inconveniences to the assessees for which the assessees as well as Tax Professionals faced a lot of difficulties in filing those forms by 31/12/2021.

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The income tax return (ITR) filing deadline for FY 2020-21 (December 31, 2021) was not extended any further by the government. Even though the ITR filing deadline was extended twice for the financial year, many were not able to complete the exercise on time due to many glitches on the newly launched e-filing portal.

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