Penalty on Belated Income Tax Return for AY 2021-22: Today (December 31, 2021) is the last day to file Income Tax Return (ITR) for Assessment Year 2021-22

The Income Tax Department had earlier extended the due dates after acknowledging difficulties faced by taxpayers and other stakeholders in the filing of Income Tax Returns (ITR) and various reports of audit for the Assessment Year 2021-22.

The due dates were first extended to September 30 and later to December 31, 2021. It is important for all taxpayers to file ITR by today, failing which  they will have to pay a penalty for late filing to the tax department.

Cost of not filing ITR before due date The last date for filing of belated ITR filing for AY 2021-22 is 31st March 2022. According to the Income Tax Rules under Section 234F, the penalty for belated ITR could be up to Rs 10,000.

However, for taxpayers whose total income is not more than Rs 5 lakh  in a financial year, the maximum penalty for the delay is Rs 1000.