On Thursday, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extended the deadline for filing of income tax returns (ITR) for the financial year 2018-19 to 30 November for residents of the newly-formed Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
An order issued by the policy-making body for the Income Tax Department said "on consideration of reports of disturbances in internet facility in certain areas of Jammu and Kashmir, the CBDT...further extends the due date for filing of ITRs and tax audit reports to November 30 in respect of all categories of income tax assessees in the UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh..."
It was informed that all ITRs filed by individual taxpayers post the set deadline of 31 August would be considered valid till 30 November.
Following the Centre's decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 on 5 August, internet facilities were clamped down in the then state of Jammu and Kashmir for a prolonged period, causing difficulties for taxpayers to file ITR.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been bifurcated into two union territories with effect from 31 October.