Soumya Prakash Pradhan

Filing your Income Tax Return (ITR) is an essential responsibility for taxpayers in India.

It ensures compliance with tax regulations and helps you stay on the right side of the law.

For Assessment Year (AY) 2023-24, it is crucial to be aware of the deadlines, late fees, and potential penalties associated with ITR filing.

ITR Filing Deadlines and Late Fees

Filing your ITR within the specified timelines is crucial to avoid penalties and late fees. 

Deadline for ITR Filing

The last date for ITR filing for AY 2023-24 is 31st July 2023, provided your case is not subject to audit.

It is important to mark this date on your calendar and make necessary preparations to ensure timely filing.

Late Fee

If you miss the initial deadline, you can still file your ITR by 31st December 2023.

However, you will be required to pay a late fee of Rs 5,000.

It is advisable to file your ITR within the original deadline to avoid any financial implications.

Penalties for Delayed Filing

In case you fail to file your ITR even after the late fee deadline, the government imposes penalties based on the duration of non-filing.

You may be liable to pay an additional 25% or 50% more of your tax liability, depending on the length of time you have exceeded the filing deadline.

It is crucial to fulfill your tax obligations promptly to avoid such penalties.

Optimal Timing for ITR Filing

Choosing the right time to file your ITR can have its advantages.

The Ideal Timeframe

According to Chartered Accountants (CAs), the optimal period for filing your ITR for AY 2023-24 is between 25th June and 31st July.

During this time, the necessary documents, such as Form 16, will be available, and your 26AS, TIS, and AIS will be updated. 

Ensuring Accuracy

Chartered accountants (CAs) recommend that taxpayers perform self-computations before filing their ITR.

By doing so, you can cross-verify the values obtained from sources like 26AS and Form 16.

This proactive approach helps to ensure accuracy and reduces the chances of discrepancies in your tax filings.