ISLAMABAD – The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) clarified on Saturday that there will no longer be an extension date for filing tax returns after October 15, 2021.
Unlike in the past, the Federal Board of Revenue uploaded forms for filing income tax returns for TY 2021 on July 1, 2021 and thus granted taxpayers the statutory 90-day deadline to file their tax returns by September 30, 2021. On numerous occasions, FBR has reiterated its principled position that it will not extend this period beyond the set deadline of September 30. At the same time, FBR launched a comprehensive campaign on traditional electronic and print media to maximize its reach and awareness. In addition, FBR has also engaged with national heroes and celebrities to spread the same message on social media. All mobile phone companies have been mobilized to send personalized messages to their combined 130 million subscribers across the country.
The above unprecedented awareness campaign has reached all households and educated the general public on the critical value of tax compliance. This resulted in immense taxpayer traffic to FBR’s website and for the first time, over 1.8 million returns were filed in the 90 days ending September 30. It was only in the last three days that FBR received around 600,000 reports from all over Pakistan.
This extraordinary interest in existing and new taxpayers put enormous pressure on the FBR Iris online portal causing occasional disruption and hampering its functional efficiency, especially on September 30, the last day. In view of the unprecedented increase in the number of users of our website and the difficulties they face due to technical issues, FBR notified a 15-day extension on September 30 and extended the deadline for submitting requests. declarations until October 15, 2021.
Therefore, it is positively hoped that taxpayers old and new alike will benefit from this extended deadline and thus file their tax returns well before the final date of October 15th. It is further reaffirmed that the extension granted on September 30th was only due to the fact that the FBR computer system was overloaded and this has been fixed now, no further extensions will be allowed beyond October 15th. 2021.