PRESS RELEASE, DATED 27-1-2010

SECTION 139 OF THE INCOME – TAX ACT, 1961 – RETURN OF INCOME – GENERAL – EXTENSION OF DATE FOR FILING OF ITR-V FORM

PRESS RELEASEDATED 27-1-2010

Central Board of Direct Taxes has decided to extend the time-limit for filing ITR-V form relating to income-tax returns filed electronically (without digital signature) on or after 1st April, 2009, up to 31st March, 2010 or within a period of 120 days from the date of uploading of the electronic return data, whichever is later. The ITR-V form should continue to be sent by ordinary post to Post Bag No. 1, Electronic City Post Office, Bengaluru – 560100 (Karnataka). However, in cases where email acknowledgement for ITR-V form is not received by the taxpayer from the CPC Bengaluru, the taxpayer may send another duly signed ITR-V form by speed post to Centralized Processing Centre, Electronic City Post Office, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560100.

This has been done in relaxation of the stipulation in Circular No. 3/2009, dated 21-5-2009 which allows taxpayers who file their Income-tax returns in electronic form without digital signature to submit their ITR-V form duly verified and signed, within a period of 30 days thereafter to Post Bag No. 1, Electronic City Post Office, Bengaluru, Karnataka-560100, by ordinary post.

The relaxation has been made following requests from taxpayers that, as a one-time measure, the time limit for filing of ITR-V form may be extended to 31st March, 2010 and that alternative modes of submission of ITR-V form may also be provided in cases where an ITR-V form has not been received at CPC, Bengaluru by ordinary post.

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