The government tonight extended till November 7 the last date for e-filing of income tax returns for those taxpayers who file audit reports.

A senior official said the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) took the decision to extend the deadline by a week, considering the “representations made by various stakeholders”.

This is the second extension given to them after the first deadline expired on September 30 and it was extended till October 31.

Tax practitioner bodies had sought an extension from the government, saying they needed more time to file returns for entities where tax audit report or transfer pricing report or other audit reports are prescribed to be filled.

Among other things, they had cited non-availability of clerical staff at chartered accountants’ offices due to the GST roll-out as a reason.

“This year, professionals are busy in making compliance with GST obligations… the technical glitches in the system have aggravated the problems,” a federation had said in a representation to the CBDT, the policy-making body of the Income Tax Department.

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