The Income Tax Department on Monday extended the deadline to file I-T Returns from July 31 to August 5 after complaints that the online system was overloaded and many taxpayers could not access the website on Monday.

Taxpayers had to file their I-T Returns for the 2016-17 financial year by July 31.

On July 29, the Central Board of Direct Taxes denied pushing the deadline and said that there was no proposal for such a move. However, a government official is believed to have said that prima facie, there was a genuine case to extend the deadline as taxpayers had been facing “many new difficulties” this year.