The government on Monday broadened the deadline for filing the Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for the financial year 2016-17. The new deadline has been set for August 5.

The Income Tax Department has effectively gotten more than two crore returns filed electronically. The department had before issued promotions in driving national dailies over the most recent couple of days expressing that taxpayers ought to uncover their income “correctly” and file their ITRs at the very latest July 31.

In a tweet, I-T department stated, “In view of the difficulties faced by taxpayers, date for filing of Income Tax Returns for FY 2016-17 has been extended to 5th August, 2017.”

CBDT has reported the new dates after the endorsement from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Prior to the declaration, Revenue Secretary and CBDT Heads held a meeting to choose ITR extension.

On reports of the e-filing website confronting some glitches, the official said that no major glitches have been accounted for with the department’s e-filing website – – notwithstanding a couple of times when the entry was “interrupted for maintenance”.

Each individual whose gross total income surpasses as far as possible should file an income tax return, the Income Tax Department has said.

Likewise, the taxman stated, people filing Form 3, Form 4, Form 5 and Form 7 are required to e-file their returns. The government had before advised a less complex, one-page frame for filing income tax returns.