Chennai, July 31

Income Tax assesses and tax consultants here heaved a sigh of relief after hearing the central government's decision to extend the Income Tax return filing deadline to August 5, 2017.

Bogged down with the problems of Income Tax Department's server getting slower or systems not working, tax consultants said it was a great relief that the last date for filing of returns was extended.

"For the past five days, the IT server was slow and many a time it hanged. The Aadhaar details did not get updated. It is right that the government has extended the deadline for filing returns this year," R. Badrinarayanan, a Chennai-based tax consultant, told IANS.

Tax consultants also said there are problems in linking Aadhaar card with PAN card owing to mismatch in details.

For instance, the date of birth in Aadhaar card might have been keyed in wrongly and it takes time for the card holder to get it corrected. People realised the mismatch in dates only when they tried to link the two cards.

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